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Can I Get Lice From Airline Seats
Treatment 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. Wash > Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salt water bathing: The only natural way to get rid of lice is regular (several times per day) swimming in salt water making sure the head gets soaked with the salt water. You can comb out lice but no natural product will get rid of them. Remember to wash your sheets, sterilize your house and take care of other family members at the same time. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Special shampoo: Special shampoos, some available over the counter, are generally very effective in removing the lice infestation. Read the directions carefully- some require a second shampoo about a week later. Some say mayonnaise, olive oil or butter rubbed into the hair is effective, but there are no supporting scientific studies on these forms of treatment. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need special shampoo: A medicinal shampoo, such as nix, (permethrin) is needed to kill lice and their offspring. There are several over-the-counter products to choose from. The key is to get rid of the eggs and kill the hatched lice before they reproduce. If any eggs survive (they are on hairs, near the scalp), the cycle just begins all over again. Without nix, (permethrin) one must pick off every egg and crush every louse to cure the problem. Read more
Manual Labor: Lice have been becoming very resistant lately to normal treatments, like rid and nix (permethrin). Even to prescription lindane. Some of the newer Permethrin free remedies like lice md and ovid offer alternatives that will sometimes work. However, nothing helps more than spending the hours with the nit loosening gel and that little comb getting out every nit and louse you can find, then repeating it daily. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smother/remove eggs: A stout vinegar preparation like pickling or cider vinegar can be used to rinse the hair repeatedly & this can loosen the egg casings that must be combed out with a nit comb. Smothering the living lice by covering the scalp with baby oil or vasaline & a bathing cap for 8-12 hour can suffocate the lice. If both agents don't get all the lice you can then try the more toxic preparations. Read more
Depends: There are many ways to get rid of head lice, some chemical and some physical. The physical methods usually include someway of suffocating the lice with a physical agent. People have used many home remedies - some with success and there are other physical agents like cetaphil. Chemical agents include otc meds - pyrethrins, permethrins and prescriptions - malathion, benzyl alcohol and others. Read more
Sexual transmission: The crab louse is usually transmitted sexually. It is most common in teenagers and young adults. It can also be acquired from fomites, such as contaminated clothing, towels, and linens. Acquisition from toilet seats is unlikely. It is commonly treated with a topical pediculocide, such as 1% Permethrin cream or a pyrethrin. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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