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how to get rid of head lice, when shampoos do not work?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Shampoos never work: Head lice generally need to be poisoned and manually removed. Shampoos don't do much to deal with them, and suffocation techniques aren't terribly effective either. Permethrin containing medicines like rid and nix work pretty well, as do non-permethrin products like ovid and licemd. But nothing works better than that nit-loosening gel, that fine toothed comb, and lots of time and effort.
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
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Dr. Subir Mitra
22 years experience Pediatrics
Vaseline: You can use vaseline to suffocate the lice. You must coat the hair evenly for 8-12 hours.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Nit combing: Nit comb try to comb daily until lice gone wash hair frequently can also use coconut oil prior to washing for massage. There is a shampoo called lice repel has lemongrass and citruline helps deter lice.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Head lice: Consider pediculicide like Nix or RID . If not successful, have your doctor see to accurate identify the lice. Prescription med might be needed if that is the case.
Answered on Nov 3, 2018

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