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A 29-year-old member asked:

What can i do to prevent getting lice if my dorm had a huge lice infestation?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
Hygiene: There is always a chance that you will get lice if you are in the dorm, probably the best prevention is good personal hygiene and shampoo often.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Precautions: Lice are human only parasites that feed several times daily on human blood.They can exist for only a day or so off the body in articles like brushes/combs/bed linen/scarves/hats. Without a human blood source they die.If you avoid the transfer agents listed above, you should be fine. Transfer agents can be cleaned/sanitized or just left in a zip-lock bag for a few days and the bugs will die.
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Yes: If you are aware of exposure, keep your hair tight, and up.
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