A 39-year-old member asked:
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can headlice return to the host from infected bedding, or are they incapable?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The human louse can live up to three days off the host. Infested linens, clothing, towels and brushes can be a source of re-infestation.
Answered on Jun 21, 2014
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Wash all linens, hats etc....There are sprays for furniture. Boil combs and hair brushes for 30 minutes.
Answered on Jun 21, 2014

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