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could you tell me what gets rid of lice for good?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
41 years experience Pediatrics
How2get rid of lice: Lice have developed resistance to some of the medicines currently available, in my practice applying petroleum jelly to hair and sleeping over night with it in the hair kills the lice and loosens the nits. Good combing after this helps.
Answered on May 24, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Lice tx: 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.
Answered on May 24, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
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Wash clothing or linens in HOT Water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in HOT water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an option). Vacuum floors, carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture & your vehicles.
May 24, 2013

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