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Can anyone help me ? My son got head lice from camp and I got no idea what to do.

Can anyone help me ? My son got head lice from camp and I got no idea what to do.

Several options: One of the simplest options is to get apple cider vinegar and apply it liberally to dry hair daily for a week.Then shampoo hair. It often kills the bugs and dissolves the glue holding eggs to hair. Otc products like nix (permethrin) are mild bug toxins & are used the same way. & come in a kit with a special comb to help remove the eggs. Your physician can prescribe something if needed. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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Need expert advice on any ideas on how to get rid of head lice i know its gross but I've tried everything?

Need expert advice on any ideas on how to get rid of head lice i know its gross but I've tried everything?

Lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) 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. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use coconut oil and cider vinegar for head lice?

Is it a good idea to use coconut oil and cider vinegar for head lice?

Lice: There are many " natural" treatments for lice, including olive oil and a tight shower cap. I am not aware of the coconut oil and vinegar remedy but it does not sound dangerous as long as the vinegar does not get in your eyes. Lice is very contagious however, so do not wait to long if this remedy does not work , buy rid. ...Read more

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Are pets at risk of getting head lice? My son has head lice. Should i be concerned that he got it from our pets or could give it to our pets? .

Only human issue : Head lice are a human specific problem. Human head lice do not transfer to animals but require human blood to live.Fido would give them indigestion & death by starvation. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a child get head lice from another child that is getting treated for it?

It'd be possible that a child get head lice from another child that is getting treated for it?

If still present: Head lice are sometimes hard to get rid of.Sometimes multiple treatments and meticulous removal of egg casings are needed before they are gone for good. If present and the child shares a sleeping mat, headgear, brush or other item they can be passed easily.It can also take 10 or more days before you pick up that your kid has them.It takes that long for new lice to start laying visable eggs. ...Read more

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How can I tell how long my child has had head lice, by the number if nits?

How can I tell how long my child has had head lice, by the number if nits?

Not by the number...: ...But by their location on the hair shafts. A head louse will attach her eggs (which is what nits are) to hair shafts at the point where they come out of the skin. As the hair grows, the nits move up from the scalp surface. Hair grows about 1 inch per month, on average - so if the nits are a half-inch away from the scalp, lice have been present for about 2 weeks; an inch away, 4 weeks; and so on. ...Read more

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How are the brown head lice eggs and the white one distinguished from each other?

Developmental stage: Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. After hatching the shell may be wrinkled and yellow or white. Nits adhere to hairs, unlike dandruff. ...Read more

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How to get rid of Head lice?

Wetcombing, medicine: There are several options for getting rid of head lice, including creams and liquids, wet combing (Wet the hair and add a lubricant, such as hair conditioner or cream rinse, vinegar, or olive oil, Comb every three to four days for two weeks AFTER you find any large, adult lice) and oral medicine (pills) Clothing, bedding, and towels used within 48 hours before treatment should be washed in hot wa ...Read more

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Any way to get rid of head lice?

Any way to get rid of head lice?

HEAD LICE SHAMPOO: See your pcp who can prescribe head lice shampoo.It takes longer to get rid of nits even though lice are killed by shampoo because they are firmly attached to hair shaft. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. It usually affects children and results in an itchy head. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more