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How Can I Tell If The Nits Are Dead Or Alive
Is it safe to continue school and go to public places when you have dead nits? How do you tell if they are dead, or just hatched?
Not always. Depends : On pediculicide used. The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in the window when the eggs have hatched into nymphs but are not yet hatching new eggs. There are however, some pediculicides which are strongly ovicidal. ...Read more
Fine tooth comb: Most otc products come with a fine toothed comb used to remove the nits from the hair.Some find that soaking the hair in vinegar will loosen the nits & make them easier to separate. ...Read more
After using permethrin cream for crabs do the dead nits have to be removed or do they just fall off?
Use the comb: Most of the critters will fall off, but the comb that comes with the kit will help remove the eggs; or keep using the cream. Good luck. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Egg encasements: Human lice are mature by 10 days of age and can start laying eggs thereafter. They do so at the level of the scalp within a hard shell that incubates the egg until the new lice emerges.The nit, is attached to the hair by a glue like material that is resistant to easy separation. Mild acidic washes like vinegar can help dissolve the glue and help with removal along with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more
New activity: You can be infested with juvenile lice before they start laying eggs & not recognize the activity.If you have removed the egg casings & killed the lice, you must wait out the next 2 weeks to see if you have got them all.Any that were missed or hatching new would take up to 10 days to mature & lay recognizable eggs. ...Read more
Words work: This is a common, easily treatable condition.Since the bug can only live on humans, you got it from another human.It does not imply poor hygiene or bad habits.Your parents may also be infected. There are some over the counter and prescription treatments available. Get it treated before you spread it. ...Read more
Human only parasite: You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers.Lice mature within 10 days and begin laying eggs attached to hair. They feed on human blood, cause itching, but do not carry diseases. ...Read more
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. 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
3 nits, none alive- wet combed with metal nit comb every 3 days for past 3 wks, washed/cleaned, see nothing in hair or comb since. Possible i beat it?
Maybe,maybe not: Nits mean the presence of adult lice. The duration of the infestation can be estimated by the distance of nits from the scalp.Hair grows ~.5in/mo, so if .5in high in hair they were around for a month.You will generally never be able to see the lice unless you shave off all the hair they hide in. They ay or may not be gone.If nits re-appear, they remain. ...Read more
Not by the number...: ...But by their location on the hair shafts. A head louse will attach her eggs (which is what nits are) to hair shafts at the point where they come out of the skin. As the hair grows, the nits move up from the scalp surface. Hair grows about 1 inch per month, on average - so if the nits are a half-inch away from the scalp, lice have been present for about 2 weeks; an inch away, 4 weeks; and so on. ...Read more
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