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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do i get rid of and continue to prevent head lice?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Nix (permethrin): Nix (permethrin lotion) is effective. Apply to scalp and leave on overnight. Rinse in the morning. May repeat after 7 days. Wash all bedding and hats in hot water, and put through the dryer if possible. Do not share hats or combs or brushes with anyone.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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 44-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent head lice, and how do you get rid of them?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ellen Turner
Dermatology 21 years experience
Hairspray helps.: Head lice do not like hairspray so this can be a great preventive. To get rid of lice, you can use various topicals but some forms are now resistant. Study last year showed oral Ivermectin can be used for head lice--one time treatment and works like a charm. Of course, make sure the children are not sharing hats, headbands, barrettes, etc.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you get rid of head lice in a large classroom?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 years experience
Head Lice: When the whole classroom has head lice, they should be treated at the same time so that there will be no transfer to each other again.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can there be any other way to get rid of lice than shaving you head?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: 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.
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