A member asked:

What are some home remedies to get rid of lice?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Need special shampoo: A medicinal shampoo, such as nix, (permethrin) is needed to kill lice and their offspring. There are several over-the-counter products to choose from. The key is to get rid of the eggs and kill the hatched lice before they reproduce. If any eggs survive (they are on hairs, near the scalp), the cycle just begins all over again. Without nix, (permethrin) one must pick off every egg and crush every louse to cure the problem.

Answered 11/16/2011


Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Lice: Natural remedies for lice include the application of olive oil, petroleum jelly, mineral oil or mayonnaise to the head/ hair. These oil-based products smother the louse.

Answered 10/19/2018



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