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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. ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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