A 37-year-old member asked:
how long does it take to get rid of head lice in a child?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Kenneth Cheng answered
31 years experience Family Medicine
One treatment: Generally, one treatment (shampoo, nit comb, hair accessory/brush cleaning and linen/bedding change) should be sufficient to rid one of lice. However, reoccurrence is common due to re-infection from improper cleaning of accessories, brushes or linens.
Answered on Feb 23, 2019
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
25 years experience Psychiatry
Depends on nits: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed.
Answered on Oct 21, 2018
Dr. Randy Baker answered
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Not long if...: This depends on what method you use. Conventional treatment involves applying toxic pesticides so I advise alternatives. The safest and easiest treatment is heat; best to go to a treatment center so hope one is close to you- takes about an hour and your child will be lice-free: https://www.liceclinicsofamerica.com/clinics-near-you/
Answered on Oct 22, 2018
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