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How to remove head lice fast and easy?

How to remove head lice fast and easy?

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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, these are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


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Are there any home remedies for head lice?

Are there any home remedies for head lice?

Home remedies: Althogh home remedies have been tried by meny and are popular but it is not the best treatment option. Treating head clice with tea tree oil and olive oil are very popular. Some people claim mayonnaise help control the head lice.And washing hair with vinegar has been tried, use of coconut oil following vinegar has been suggested. Mixture of lemon and butter after application of vinegar has been used.

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Will freezing temperatures affect head lice?

Will freezing temperatures affect head lice?

Yes: Yes, freezing temperatures may kill lice, but because it may take several days of freezing temperature this is not an effective means of getting rid of lice. Instead, most often special shampoos are used. For lice that become resistant to these shampoos an oral medicine is sometimes prescribed.

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How can you most effectively remove head lice?

How can you most effectively remove head lice?

Special shampoo: Your doctor will recommend a special shampoo designed to kill the lice and nits. Some of these are over the counter while others need a prescription. After using the shampoo the lice will be killed but it may take a few days for the itching to stop.

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Please explain why don't head lice spread diseases?

Please explain why don't head lice spread diseases?

They don't: Carry viruses, fungi or bacteria that cause infections in humans. However body lice can carry typhus, trench fever, and epidemic relapsing fever (per cdc).

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Is it possible for me to keep my kids from getting head lice?

Is it possible for me to keep my kids from getting head lice?

Avoid contact: You should teach your children to not share hats, combs, pillows, etc. So that they are less likely to catch lice from other children. It takes relatively intimate direct contact to share the lice. They don't jump or fly.

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What do you suggest if I have head lice but I don't have the lice comb?

Head lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & 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. A special lice nit comb helps but isn't required. Check for nits &remove as seen over next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed.

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Does head lice carry disease?

No: The body louse is a known carrier of disease but head lice are just a pest.

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How can you rid yourself of head lice?

Goodbye 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.

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Could head lice be transferred by car seat?

Yes: Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys ; seats in a variety of areas.

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Is there a good method to prevent head lice?

Don't share: Don't share hair care products, hats, scarfs, sheets, pillow cases, combs, brushes, clips, etc. With any one. Best way to prevent transfer of head lice nits.

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How could I get head lice and nits off of my head?

How could I get head lice and nits off of my head?

Goodbye 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.

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What dept would be best to get a recheck for head lice to be sure its gone? Dermatology?

What dept would be best to get a recheck for head lice to be sure its gone? Dermatology?

You should be able: To look at home to make sure the nits/lice are gone. If you're not sure, then call your own doctor (if for your child, their pediatrician). If you're a teacher, or if this is for your child, the school nurse can help. There are also professional "nitpickers" who just deal with lice and getting rid of lice. A dermatologist is not necessary for this.

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How can you get rid of head lice?

See below: A good otc product to try is rid.

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How can I tell my mom I have head lice?

How can I tell my mom I have head lice?

Don't be embarrassed: It is a common infection. Just be candid.

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How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

Various methods: Many find soaking the hair with a stout vinegar will loosen the eggs from the hair. A nit comb (fine tooth) can then remove them a bit easier. Several treatments may be needed.

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How do you permanently get rid of head lice?

Head 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.

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Head lice how to get rid of once and for all?

Treat & avoid kids: Head lice are a human only parasite that transfers easily in shared headgear, scarves, crowded settings, etc. & show up when kids get together. They are seldom noticed when they first infest a kid, but scratching leads to closer inspection & the egg casings show attached to hairs. Treating the kid/headgear can stop the current event, but a permanent exclusion requires avoiding further human contact.

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


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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