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A 46-year-old female asked:

My daughter has had head lice for almost a year now. we have tried numerous over the counter treatments including combing, vacuuming and washing linen in hot water. please advise if there is a stronger prescription medicine we could get?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Maybe: I would first have the condition confirmed by a doc. There are a variety of prescribed treatments available but if the kid has a scalp condition that mimics lice they will not help either.
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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 38 years experience
See a doctor: There are some prescription medications that may be possible,but you would need to have her seen by a doctor first to confirm(possibly not lice).Also, should consider consulting with a specialist(not a doctor)who really works on getting all the nits(eggs)out.That is often the reason that this does not resolve with over the counter treatment.Also, look at possible reinfection from other children.
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Last updated Jul 2, 2020


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