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How to remove head lice?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Nix (permethrin): Nix- (permethrin lotion) apply to the head at bedtime and wash off in the morniing. Wash all your bedclothes and put them through the dryer, and vacuum your carpets.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Cetaphil: Cetaphil and a hairdryer can eliminate lice.www.ehow.com/how_2123367_treat-head-lice-cetaphil.html this website gives a great description of how to do the treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Head lice: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Various methods: A 1% Permethrin shampoo is a common 1st step.The lice by themselves will wash out when dead by simple shampooing. The primary problem is the egg casings that attach with a glue like material to the hair shafts & may allow a new crop of lice to emerge. A rinse with a vinegar solution will loosen the nits & they can be combed out with a fine tooth comb.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Head lice: 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.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can you most effectively remove head lice?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Special shampoo: Your doctor will recommend a special shampoo designed to kill the lice and nits. Some of these are over the counter while others need a prescription. After using the shampoo the lice will be killed but it may take a few days for the itching to stop.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How to remove head lice naturally?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Lots of effort: There is a large movement to not coat the head with Permethrin or lindane due to potential neurotoxicity, and the risk is relevant. Non medicated products like licemd or ovid are effective, but nothing works better than the nit-loosening gel (ok, so it's not totally natural), the fine toothed comb, and lots of time and effort getting out all nits and lice. Then repeating the effort.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How to remove head lice fast and easy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) 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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Ovide: Ovide is press ription that loosens egg. Over the counter approaches include vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe the hairs and loosen eggs.Then use a comb and to remove the eggs. For the resistant eggs separate the hairs and cut out the individual hairs with eggs still on them.

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