A 5-year-old female asked:
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my daughter 6 years of age has a lot of lice and eggs in her head. we tried many shampoos but none seams to work well. any suggestions?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Vinegar: The egg casings are attached to the hair with a glue that will dissolve/loosen in the presence of vinegar. Soaking the hair in a regular or pickling vinegar & using a fine lice comb daily can help. It can take a week or more to get all the eggs. Using a lice shampoo afterwards can kill what's left or there are prescription lotions that will.
Answered on Apr 8, 2019
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Then it is : Time to go see your pediatrician for help. To be sure it is head lice and possibly for a prescription
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karl Holtzer
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Watchful wait: Unfortunately this can be a common side effect of these types of medications, or just a side effect of having the actual lice infestation and inflamma ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Not specific to lice: Lice are rarely seen by the naked eye. They are tiny. The most common feature would be noticing tiny egg casings (nits) the lice attach to individual ... Read More
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Dr. Nancy Mellow
43 years experience Internal Medicine
No!: That sounds dangerous to me! there are special very fine-toothed combs meant to remove nits (the remaining lice eggs) from strands of hair.

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