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What could happen if you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

What could happen if you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

Depends: There are various treatments for head lice, mostly with different types of insecticides. It is always important to follow the instructions of the medicine you were prescribed in order to optimize your results and to avoid potential side effects. Some compounds are derived from chrysanthemums, namely permethrin. If you are allergic to the flowers, have asthma or a pregnant discuss this with md.

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Head Lice (Definition)

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Could you tell me what happens when you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

Could you tell me what happens when you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

Shampoo: The treatment for lice is usually a very strong shampoo that you then rinse out and comb out the nits/lice. I am not clear from your question what you used. Many people use olive oil and a shower cap over night rather than the rid shampoo because rid is so strong. Basically, shampoo your hair and do not reapply the rid or whichever brand you used for at least a week.

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Does head lice treatment lighten dyed hair?

Head lice: If you use rid or another over the counter treament, you only use it once, rinse and comb out hair. Some repeat in a week. I have not seen it change the color of peoples hair, but call you colorist.

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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!

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What was the head lice treatment that parents used 20 years ago?

What was the head lice treatment that parents used 20 years ago?

Lice, Head: Do pronto and r&c ring a bell? The goal of tretament of head lice is to eliminate lice and eggs. Treatment should be repeated in 7-10 days (the time needed for the eggs to hatch) because nits are less effectively killed than adults. Aavailable otc medications include nix, (permethrin) rid, a2000. For prescription medications, consult your doctor.

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I'm having a weird feeling with my head. Everything feels like it's moving and I'm getting a popping sensation everytime I touch my head. My mother already did the lice treatment on me, but nothing came out, nits or anything. What can this be and how do I

I'm having a weird feeling with my head. Everything feels like it's moving and I'm getting a popping sensation everytime I touch my head. My mother already did the lice treatment on me, but nothing came out, nits or anything. What can this be and how do I

Sensory issues?: I did not hear you mention "itching" as a problem here, lice always cause itching. "Weird" and "popping" are complaints I have never heard in 20 years of medical practice. I would have an exam by a physician to investigate cause here. Have you had a contact with lice? Is anxiety an issue of yours? Do you have a dry scalp or dandruff? What are you most worried about?

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How can we get lice nits out of medium length hair. Lice treatment stuff doesn't work.?

How can we get lice nits out of medium length hair. Lice treatment stuff doesn't work.?

See link: This is a really good link: http://www. Askdrsears. Com/topics/childhood-illnesses/lice. Also see your doctor. If the nits are more than 1/4 inch away from the scalp they are probably dead and just need to be combed out.

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What is the best treatment for head lice?

What is the best treatment for head lice?

Thorough de-lousing!: With head lice, wash the hair with shampoo containg lice killing medication, usually malathion. That should kill lice but not all the eggs (nits). Wash all bedding and clothing with hot water & detergent to kill lice/eggs. Comb hair with nit comb twice daily for two weeks to prevent recurrence. Check: center for disease control's website: http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment. Html.

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I have head lice. What is the best treatment for this?

Nix (permethrin) or Rid: I'd start with a basic otc product like nix (permethrin) cream rinse or rid. Used as directed, they are generally effective when used in conjunction with daily combing with a nit comb. You don't need to fumigate your home, but I would clean brush/comb with boiling water, wash and dry bedding/ clothing (hot dryer). Items that can't be launder and dried on hot should go into a bag for 2 weeks. Good luck.

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I just found out I caught head lice, they are just about gone I have to do anothet treatment this sunday comming is it ok to still dye my hair?

Head lice: Actually dying your hair is one way to keep head lice away. Lice will not affect dyed hair. Let your beautician know so they can take appropriate precaution. If it is at home, no issue.

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What's the safest, effective treatment for a 4 year old with head lice?

Medication: There are medications available including otc that appear safe and are effective. Some old home r5emedies do not work and can be dangerous.

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What can I do if my granddaughter has head lice, what is a really good treatment for it?

Tx: D/w her pediatrician. 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 through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a lice nit comb 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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After treatment of head lice with Hedrin I am still finding between 10 and 20 seemingly new hatched lice 24 hours after. They appear dead. Normal?

Yes: According to the hedrin website- one of the active ingredients paralyzes the lice and so they likely look dead- The maker also recommends that the procedure be repeated in 7 days for eggs that hatched since the first application and also say that if it looks like there is a re-infection that you can use the treatment again Try to find the source of the infection and good luck!

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Anyone know what is a safe, but effective, treatment for head lice?

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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How is head lice treated? What is the most reliable treatment for symptoms of head lice? .

Resource material.: This would require a lenghty answer. Please check this site: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/head-lice/ds00953.

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Using 5% minoxidil for 2 months. Now infested with head lice. What's the best hair fiendly treatment?

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.

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Can you tell me if I could use scabies treatment to kill head lice?

Yes, but: The concentration of the is about 5 times the concentration needed for the lice. It is basically a bug spray in lotion form. You would be taking a bazooka to kill a rat, it would likely work but is a bit excessive..

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Can lice shampoo if left on to long cause perminate hair thinning and hair loss? On a 26 year old and a 3 year old little girl? My whole head of hair is damaged after using lice treatment and straightening my hair the next day.

Can lice shampoo if left on to long cause perminate hair thinning and hair loss? On a 26 year old and a 3 year old little girl? My whole head of hair is damaged after using lice treatment and straightening my hair the next day.

THINK: Hair straightening is notorious for damaging hair. The hair becomes brittle and breaks off. It will still grow back. If you must use a "relaxer" be very careful.

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