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Can coloring your hair kill lice?

Can coloring your hair kill lice?

No: No product or method destoys all of the eggs and hatched lice with single treatment. There are treatments which include chemicals, natural products, combs, shaving, hot air, and silicone-based lotions. All effective treatments require a two-fold process of killing both the adult lice and the eggs. Generally the eggs (nits) need to be manually picked off 1 by 1 in order to ensure all are removed. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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Does straightening your hair kill lice as well?

Does straightening your hair kill lice as well?

See below: If the lice are caught in the straightener - yes, but more likely they will be near the scalp along with the eggs and the devise will likely not get that close (although the adjacent heat might work). Still I would say - not guaranteed. ...Read more

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Can a hair straightener or flat iron kill lice?

Yes & no: Yes if the heat comes in direct contact but no it's not a reliable method of removing them. They usually scurry around at scalp level & are therefore not all trapped in a wad of hair being ironed. ...Read more

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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.

Bug: Why don't you take a picture of it so it can be identified and then treated
make sure if you treat the lice the eggs should to treated also and the contacts should be treated also
be sure to comb hair with a fine tooth comb ...Read more

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Need doc opinions! I am trying to get rid of lice, which hair bleach is the most effective on killing lice?

Need doc opinions! I am trying to get rid of lice, which hair bleach is the most effective on killing lice?

Lice treatment...: Many lice medications are available "over-the-counter" at local drug stores. Each over-the-counter product approved by the fda for the treatment of head lice contains one of the following active ingredients.
Pyrethrins (a-200, pronto, r&c, rid, triple x) and Permethrin (nix). If crawling lice are still seen after a full course of treatment contact your health care provider. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How do I properly use permethrin cream rinse 5% 60 MG to kill lice? Can I wash my hair with shampoo after I rinse it? Should I add tea tree oil to it?

How do I properly use permethrin cream rinse 5% 60 MG to kill lice? Can I wash my hair with shampoo after I rinse it? Should I add tea tree oil to it?

Follow directions: It sounds like you are using Elimite (permethrin). Use as shampoo and leave on for the recommended time period and then rinse and repeat 7-9 days later. Do not use other shampoos. Anyone suspected of having lice should be treated at the same time. There are weaker solutions for children and babies. Wash all clothing and bed linen in hot water. All the best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lice on my head, so im hoping if I roll on the snow or stick my head on a pile of snow will kill them on my head?

What to do if I have lice on my head, so im hoping if I roll on the snow or stick my head on a pile of snow will kill them on my head?

That plan is not: Likely to work. 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. ...Read more

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How to kill head lice and most importantly the eggs?

Chemical Tx: We use Malathion and permetrin topically and it is important to use a fine comb to remove all the nits. ...Read more

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Can lighter fluid kill lice & how long do you have to leave it on your head?

Not a good choice: Once lice notice an environmental change, they can hibernate without breathing for up to 18 hours. This agent would kill by immersion or inhalation. This material might kill a few active lice but is unlikely to effect the egg casings. The risk of accidental ignition and a serious burn would make this a poor choice. Several over the counter products are available. ...Read more

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Could a flat iron kill head lice along with their eggs?

The Lice ; nits: Are right at the scalp. So, you would most likely injure yourself significantly with this approach. ...Read more

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I want to kill head lice but have no money to buy the stuff?

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

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If you put a cat or dog flea collar on a girl's ponytail, is that an effective way to kill head lice?

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

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If I put salicylic acid (acne medication) on my head, will that kill all the lice and their eggs?

If I put salicylic acid (acne medication) on my head, will that kill all the lice and their eggs?

Not appropriate: Lice medication is over the counter and has multiple names. See your drugstore. If you are uncertain about the diagnosis see your doctor and she will prescribe medication for you with detailed instructions regarding your clothing, sheets, towels, and laundry in general as well as your household. It is infectious and contagious. ...Read more

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Can lice, once killed, comeback and re-infest my hair?

Yes!: Lice are small insects that live in hair and nest there. The eggs can hatch later even if shampoo has killed all the live bugs. Even if you have eliminated them from the hair, others can always re-infest if you come into contact with clothing, hats, combs, or other people who are still infested. It's important to wash all clothes, bedding, and other items that the whole family has used as well. ...Read more

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Can lice make you lose hair?

No: As a pediatrician, I see lots of head lice, but have not seen hair loss with them. Sometimes, people scratch enough to cause scalp abrasion, but even so, there is very little hair loss. Scalp ringworm causes hair loss, though. ...Read more

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When before lice-infested hair stops itching?

When before lice-infested hair stops itching?

Physically,: The itch should stop immediately as soon as the lice are dead. Psychologically it can last as long as you remember the crawly feeling. ...Read more

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Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

Ovide: Ovide is press ription that loosens egg. Over the counter approaches include vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe the hairs and loosen eggs. Then use a comb and to remove the eggs. For the resistant eggs separate the hairs and cut out the individual hairs with eggs still on them. ...Read more

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Can u have hallucination of lice being in your hair?

Can u have hallucination of lice being in your hair?

Hallucination: Unfortunately people can have hallucinations about lice being in their hair or other bugs on their skin. When a person is very affected, this is called delusions of parasitosis or ekbom's syndrome. Here is a bit more information: http://delusion. Ucdavis. Edu/delusional. Html. ...Read more

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How long can undetected lice eggs remain attached on hair?

HEAD LICE: It will always be attached to the hair unless pulled out of the hair strand. Live ones presents with a click and dead ones are thinned out when crushed between fingernails. ...Read more

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I have brown bugs in my hair they are itchy bigger then lice?

I have brown bugs in my hair they are itchy bigger then lice?

Can check every day: May be big adult lice. The usual plan is to have somebody remove every nit (lice eggs) he can find after the first Nix (or other lice-killer) shampoo. Checking 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 are quickly removed each day, the lice problem goes away. ...Read more

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I only found one egg in my hair, do I still need to treat my lice?

Yes: Head lice eggs are laid at scalp level by sexually mature lice. You can have lice for ~10 days before they start laying& they are tiny & hard to see. You cannot assume that a casual mature louse laid one egg and then committed suicide. If it is there & really a nit, it means trouble. If you treated &just have a nit left over from prior infestation, just get rid of the nit & retreat if lice return. ...Read more

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Would it be considered important to remove old lice eggs from hair?

Lice eggs: Lice eggs need warmth to hatch. So all nits on the hair less than an inch from the scalp should be removed. Beyond an inch, the nits have either hatched or contain unhatchable eggs. However, for cosmetic reasons, remove the nits as they cause white specks that are easily visible especially on black hair. ...Read more

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I am having a hard time getting lice eggs out of my kids hair it's very coily?

I am having a hard time getting lice eggs out of my kids hair it's very coily?

Try olive oil: Try applying olive oil to hair- cover with a plastic shower cap and leave in over night. This will loosen the nit (egg) glue. The oil will also suffocate the adult lice. Use a metal nit comb to remove the nits. You will need to comb out a small amount of hair at a time. ...Read more

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I have small black bug in my hair and it's not lice how can I get ride of it my head is itchy?

I have small black bug in my hair and it's not lice how can I get ride of it my head is itchy?

Bug in hair: Possible tick. Please see a health care professional to have it removed. The can carry various types of infections that can linger. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Possible to get head lice at hair salon- if stylist uses same combs and cape on me that were used on others all day?

Possible to get head lice at hair salon- if stylist uses same combs and cape on me that were used on others all day?

Unlikely: There tools are treated between each client so you are getting a clean, if not sterile combs and clean cape. ...Read more

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Ii have micro black looking insects in my hair that bite and jump. What could they be and lice killer doesn't work on them.

Ii have micro black looking insects in my hair that bite and jump. What could they be and lice killer doesn't work on them.

It could be lice: Key to both remove the nits that stick to the hair as well as the adult lice. An all metal nit comb is very effective in removing nits. Come out small areas from scalp out. Most over the counter head lice products only kill the adult lice. The us centers for disease control and prevention has a great information website about head lice identification, control and prevention. ...Read more

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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 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?

Irritation?: There coukd e sensitive nerves which cause disconfort. After evaluation if the skin looks normal and there are no underlying medical problems such as diabetes or thyroid issues, intralesional steroids Lidocaine may give you relief. ...Read more

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I m farida. I have head egg lice which is sticky to my hair and doesn't go since long years. Please help me with simple home remedies?

Nit comb/vinegar: Some find that a strong solution of pickling or apple cider vinegar can help loosen the bond the nit (lice egg) has to hair. Rinsing the hair in this solution followed by combing with a fine comb can help. Another product may be needed to kill the lice, but this can help with the eggs. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more