A 21-year-old member asked:
how to kill head lice and most importantly the eggs?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Karen Sibert answered
38 years experience Anesthesiology
Shampoo and comb!: A thorough shampoo with l% Permethrin (nix) is the most effective over-the-counter treatment. This should kill all the live insects. Then it is very important to use a fine-tooth comb through the hair and remove all the tiny white eggs (nits). These may hatch later if not removed, and start the problem all over. There are also stronger prescription drugs that your dr. May recommend.
Answered on Jan 2, 2017
Dr. Michael Tomeo answered
37 years experience Dermatology
Chemical Tx : We use Malathion and permetrin topically and it is important to use a fine comb to remove all the nits.
Answered on Feb 26, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
Lice not Nice.: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix 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 Nov 3, 2018
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