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Are lice shampoos potentially hazardous?

Are lice shampoos potentially hazardous?

Yes & no: Used appropriately these are not a problem. However, most available products are basically bug spray in liquid form or various alcohol preparations. They work by poisoning the lice. Leaving the med on too long, applying too often, inhaling the fumes etc increase the toxicity to the patient. Please follow directions & confer with your pcp if questions arise. ...Read more

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What would happen if I used the lice shampoo more than the recommended once a week?

What would happen if I used the lice shampoo more than the recommended once a week?

Toxicity: Lice treatments are basically insecticides and if over-used will cause not only skin irritation but can cause neurologic toxicity (damage to the central nervous system). Children are especially susceptible to this. ...Read more

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Do medicated shampoos work on kid lice?

If you mean...: ...Head lice, the only medicated shampoo for that is kwell, but it is banned in at least one state (california). Nix (permethrin) cream rinse is reasonably effective. Elimite cream works better, although it is "off-label". Ovide lotion works well, but it stinks, and is flammable, so be careful. ...Read more

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How long of lice shampoo use would kill the lice?

Remove eggs: for a proper lice removal.use a product which kills lice and its eggs(nits). even 3 days of proper use put shampoo and wait for 4 hrs .then rinse after that comb with a fine tooth comb to remove the dead nits if other family members have it they should all be treated at the some time you may repeat this weekly for 3 times use RC spray on the bedding and furniture to kill the remaining eggs ...Read more

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What are essential oils are used to make a lice shampoo?

Several used: The essential oils that tend to be in the majority of these types of lice treatment and/or prevention are: tea tree, rosemary, thyme, lavender, geranium, clove, and peppermint. ...Read more

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What can you do to take care of side effects from lice shampoo?

What can you do to take care of side effects from lice shampoo?

Which: Which side effects? Which shampoo? Ask question again. No individual patient details please. General info only. ...Read more

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What happens if you swallow lice shampoo?

Deliberate or: accidental? Call 1-800-222-1222 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to reach any poison control center in the United States. You will be connected with an expert who will direct you how to proceed. Please have all product information available when you call. I would encourage going to ER. ...Read more

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What could happen if you swallow lice shampoo?

Call Poison Center: Right away. You can call 24/7 for free at 1-800-222-1222. Ensure that you have product information available when calling. ...Read more

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What is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

What is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

Lice deterent: I have seen shampoos in Health Food and vitamin/supplement stores that contain Tea Tree Oil that are labeled for this purpose. I have also seen products with Neem oil which may be effective (but would likely repel people too!). ...Read more

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Do health consequences result from lice bed spray and shampoo? If so, what happens?

Not enough info: Would need to know the specific products to advise of possible untoward effects. ...Read more

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Will medicated shampoos work on head lice?

Head lice: Usually yes. In some cases cutting the hair may be needed. Remember the shampoo will have to used daily for quite some time. ...Read more

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What is the best medicated shampoo for head lice?

1% Lindane shampoo: Two treatments, a week apart, provide a good result. In case of treatment failure (resistant lice), Malathion should be considered. ...Read more

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My head has been itchy for a couple weeks i went without product in my hair and tried different shampoo nothing helps and its not lice.

Itchy scalp: You may have seborrhoic dermatitis or the beginning of psoriasis of the scalp.There are other conditions that can also cause problems so it best to see a dermatologist to see what's causing the problem. ...Read more

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When I scratch my scalp oily dadrunff comes off with some black specks that are freaking me out! Used lice shampoo over 3 times but itching wont stop?

Freckles? blackheads: I do not think that the problem is lice. It may be blackheads, which is pigments in the sweat glands from another bacteria or detritus or a reaction to the oils in your hair. Use just a simple cleansing shampoo to start, and see a dermatologist for diagnosis. Or use HealthTap Prime &upload pictures. Good luck, & thanks for asking Health Tap! ...Read more

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Can lice shampoo make your hair fall out?

No: Certain of the shampoos may make your hair dry and possibly crack particularly with overuse. Your hair should not fall out. ...Read more

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