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Can An Adult Head Lice Bug Be Killed Just By Squeezing It Between Your Fingers
Try Vinegar: Some believe that several days of washing the hair with a stout vinegar (apple cider vinegar or pickling vinegar) will kill the lice. It does loosen the egg casings on the hair & allow their removal with a fine comb. An older method includes suffocation, where the hair is filled with baby oil & covered with a shower cap for 12-18 hours.Lice can hold their breath for extended periods. ...Read more
The Lice ; nits: Are right at the scalp. So, you would most likely injure yourself significantly with this approach. ...Read more
If you put a cat or dog flea collar on a girl's ponytail, is that an effective way to kill head lice?
No!: Flea collars are designed to kill parasites that infest cats & dogs, not human head lice. Not only would it not work, but there is some evidence that the chemicals in flea collars might be toxic to children, particularly young ones. There are several effective fda-approved treatments for head lice; stick with those. ...Read more
Do OTC treatments still work to kill head lice, or is there resistance and you must use prescription medication? What medicine do you use?
Yes OTC RID: works when instructions are followed.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have small round black bug in hair itchy and seem to bite stngs not lice have treated for that didn't kill it. No nits.
I've used premethrin to kill the lice, but there are still nits on my eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Any quicker way to remove them besides a nitcomb?
Nit comb necessary: Removing nits with a nit comb is essential. The Permethrin may have to also be used twice, about 7 to 9 days apart. Typically, it is the failure to get the nits off the body with a comb that promotes failure. Lice do not survive off the body. There are cases of 'resistant' lice, but people need to be better about combing them off! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get head lice from walking in the woods? I noticed a tiny brown bug crawling on my phone and didn't know if it fell off my head
No: Head lice are specific to humans, and cannot live off the scalp. Unless you were butting heads with someone in the woods or sharing their cap/comb etc, that was not lice. There are countless insects it could have been, but if it was on your phone, then it's no longer on your scalp. Remember to always check for ticks after being in the woods - if you get them off in time, they can't spread disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I don't have head lice but around the front of my hair line it feels like bugs are always crawling there. What could be the cause?
I have these long tan bugs with brown spots on then I have washed my hair with head lice shampoo and are still there what can I do ?
Check every day: The usual plan is to have somebody remove every nit (egg) he can find after the first Nix (permethrin) shampoo. Checking one's hair and head for lice or nits, every day, will prevent lice from gaining a foothold again. Repeating the Nix (permethrin) shampoo in 1 week helps. As long as any and all nits (lice eggs) are quickly removed each day, the lice problem goes away. After 1 month of checking, one can just check weekly. ...Read more
Vinegar assist: Local application of a stout vinegar will sometimes loosen the bond the nit has to the hair, making it easier to remove. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar seem to work well.You will still need the nit comb or tweezers, but a liberal application of this can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Head lice: Pediculus humanus capitis or the head louse is a parasite that is about 1/8th of an inch long. It has 6 legs with a long body and a head in the shape of a diamond. It flat. It has no wings (thus doesn’t fly). It’s color can change to match it’s surroundings. It’s mouth is like a stylet which pierces a human’s scalp to get a blood meal. ...Read more
Not always. Depends : On pediculicide used. The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in the window when the eggs have hatched into nymphs but are not yet hatching new eggs. There are however, some pediculicides which are strongly ovicidal. ...Read more
My child has head lice, and we've tried just about everything to get rid of them. We keep finding a few more!?
Weekly treatment: Treatment should be repeated after the first week and most important is to make sure that there is nothing causing reinfection such as brushes, bedding, friends, scarves, etc. There was an article a few years back that showed that applying cetaphil cleanser thickly overnight and letting it dry can kill the lice. It may be something to try 7 days in a row as a safe alternative to all the chemical. ...Read more
Will Need Medication: Unfortunately, you need a medicinal shampoo to kill off the lice and their offspring. However, there are many over-the-counter products to choose from. The key is to get rid of the eggs and/or kill off the hatched offspring before they get a chance to reproduce. If any eggs survive (they are attached to the hair follicles), the cycle just begins all over again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer