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Does citrus help prevent lice infestations?

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Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lalanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
It can: Citrus extract is present in many shampoos and conditioners can prevent . But check for nits and fine combing daily
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Head Lice: Permethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid similar to naturally occurring pyrethrins. Permethrin lotion 1% is approved by the fda for the treatment of head lice. Permethrin is safe and effective when used as directed. Permethrin kills live lice but not unhatched eggs. Permethrin may continue to kill newly hatched lice for several days after treatment. Citrus will not help.
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