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my best friend and her daughter keep getting headlice as soon as they are gone they are back again her daughter is 10 what can she do help

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Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Recurrent lice: Recurrence of lice is the result of repeated exposure or chronic infestation due to incomplete nit removal (a tedious but essential task). Treating all family members at the same time. Over the counter lice kits have degree of toxicity when used repeatedly, and can result in resistance. A newer medication called Sklice touts the ability to kill both the louse and the nits, with low toxicity.
Answered on Apr 24, 2016
Dr. Julan Crane
25 years experience Pediatrics
Head lice: It would be helpful to know where the reinfection is coming from. Ask the child to not use hairbrushes,or borrow hair accessories of others. Be sure bedding is washed in warm water and floors and furniture are cleaned. Also not all head lice treatments are effective and it may be time for a prescription.
Answered on Sep 2, 2014

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Then it is : Time to go see your pediatrician for help. To be sure it is head lice and possibly for a prescription
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Time for consult: Lack of response to treatment may mean the diagnosis is in error. Not all sores and flakiness in hair has to do with lice.It can be bacterial or funga ... Read More
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What natural remedy?: Lindane usually kills and eggs of head lice, however, lindane resistance has been reported. Malathion treatment is indicated for lindane resistant ca ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Not specific to lice: Lice are rarely seen by the naked eye. They are tiny. The most common feature would be noticing tiny egg casings (nits) the lice attach to individual ... Read More

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