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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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What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

Cetaphil cleanser: Use gentle cetaphil skin cleanser. Apply to hair and scalp. Wait 2 minutes, then comb out. Wash your hair 8 hours later. Repeat once a week for 3 weeks. You can hold the mayo! ...Read more

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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

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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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Do head lice jump?

Do head lice jump?

No: They need to be transmitted physically from person to person. ...Read more

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Is head lice contagious

Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does a head lice infestation look like?

What does a head lice infestation look like?

Head Lice: Adult lice on scalp. The most common spots to find adult lice are behind your ears and along the back of your neck. Lice are tiny, about the size of a strawberry seed, but they can be up to 1/8 inch (3 millimeters) in size.
Lice eggs (nits) on hair shafts. Nits resemble tiny pussy willow buds. Nits can be mistaken for dandruff, but unlike dandruff, they can't be easily brushed out of hair. ...Read more

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What can be done for a head lice infestation?

What can be done for a head lice infestation?

Wet Combing: In addition to dr. Levey's answer, there is strong evidence for using a fine-toothed comb in wet hair to remove lice, especially if shaving is not a good option, eg in many school-aged girls. If you choose to use insecticides, check with your doctor as local resistance patterns often dictate which product is best to use. ...Read more

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Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

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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Could head lice return to the host from a pillow?

Could head lice return to the host from a pillow?

Yes: Yes. It is generally recommended to do a thorough cleaning of the home at the same time as you are treated for head lice. ...Read more

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Is there any product that would prevent head lice?

Don't share: Head lice are most common in school age children k-6th grade. The reason why is because children this age share combs, hats, and other things that can transmit lice. Good hygiene dies not prevent head lice, you will just have clean lice. The best thing is to treat a case and isolate all furniture and items for 48 hrs and wash linen to prevent spread. Remember with lice care but don't share! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Yes: Yes you could catch head lice from these things. It is usually transferred from combs and brushes. ...Read more

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How do I get head lice and nits off of my friends head?

Pediculocide, comb: A pediculocide, like nix (permethrin) or rid is applied. Follow directions exactly! This will kill the lice-but it's not immediate. Next, use a nit comb (i like the lice meister) and comb through each section of hair. Rinse the comb off after each stroke, to remove any lice/nits in the teeth. Use the nit comb daily x 7 days. Some pediulocide should be reapplied in 7 days. ...Read more

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Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Yes: Can spread to neck area and can rarely self inoculate. Treatment is same topical medications. ...Read more

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How to best avoid getting head lice when working with children?

How to best avoid getting head lice when working with children?

Lice be gone!: Don't share combs, brushes, or hats, and try to make sure your charges do not share these things either! Use your own towels as well. If you suspect a child has head lice, don't ignore it. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

Treat it now!: 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)

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