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should i see a specialist for sea lice, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Sea Lice: I would see your regular doctor first to see if he can help and let this doctor decide if you need a specialist.

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Does citrus help prevent lice infestations?

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It can: Citrus extract is present in many shampoos and conditioners can prevent . But check for nits and fine combing daily
A 21-year-old member asked:

After a lice infestation, what is the best way to clean your floors, curtains, clothes etc.?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Lice: Washing, soaking, or drying items at temperatures greater than 130°f (54.4°c) will kill stray lice or eggs. Furniture, carpeting, car seats, and other fabrics or fabric-covered items can be vacuumed; pediculicide spray should not be used. Eggs attached to fallen hairs are very unlikely to incubate and hatch at room temperatures and, if they did, the nymphs would need to find a source of blood.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What can I do to get rid of lice without using chemical treatment?

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Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Smother them!: There are not other proven therapies to kill lice and their eggs. However, certain home remedies are practical and often used by pediatricians. The best is smothering them, by coating the hair in a heavy layer of vegetable oil that is left on x 48 hours - cover with a shower cap. Also, always change clothing, linen and everything else in contact with infected head. Good luck!
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Are lice shampoos potentially hazardous?

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Yes: Should be under medical supervision. Most of them are neurotoxics.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I can't seem to kill off the lice, should I try prescribed malathion lotion?

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Yes: Sometimes lice can be very resilient. You also can have families which re-infect each other. Try the prescription shampoo/ lotion and be sure to have each of your family members and/or pets checked and treated as well. Wash all linens in hot water and even try having the rugs in the house steam cleaned. Lice can infect and re-infect a family, and in some cases an extreme cleaning is needed.

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