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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can you get rid of head lice with medicated shampoos?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Yes: Rid, and other over the counter shampoos for lice work in most cases. Eggs are harder to get rid of. Wide tooth comb with vinegar on cotton ball will help remove eggs.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of head lice, when shampoos do not work?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Shampoos never work: Head lice generally need to be poisoned and manually removed. Shampoos don't do much to deal with them, and suffocation techniques aren't terribly effective either. Permethrin containing medicines like rid and nix work pretty well, as do non-permethrin products like ovid and licemd. But nothing works better than that nit-loosening gel, that fine toothed comb, and lots of time and effort.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to get rid of head lice without medicated shampoo?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: There are many unproven methods you can try; mayonnaise, eucerin cream with a hair drier, tea tree oil, and many more you can find on the internet. The only fool proof method i know that doesn't involve medicines is to shave the head. Lice require a hair length of at least half and inch to lay their eggs (nits) and reproduce.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Will medicated shampoos work on head lice?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 40 years experience
Head lice: Usually yes. In some cases cutting the hair may be needed. Remember the shampoo will have to used daily for quite some time.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you get rid of head lice without prescription medicated shampoos?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Head shaving works 100% of the time.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the best medicated shampoo for head lice?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
1% Lindane shampoo: Two treatments, a week apart, provide a good result. In case of treatment failure (resistant lice), Malathion should be considered.

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