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How can I tell if the nits are dead or alive?

Nits dead or alive

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, if the nit has traveled a quarter inch down the length of the hair strand, it probably has either hatched or died.
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What is the best way to remove dead nits from fine hair?

Fine tooth comb

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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.
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After using permethrin cream for crabs do the dead nits have to be removed or do they just fall off?

Use the comb

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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.
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How can I tell how long my child has had head lice, by the number if nits?

Not by the number...

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...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
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Can you tell me what are nits from lice bugs?

Egg encasements

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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.
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Doctors can you tell me how often should you check for nits and lice eggs after two/three days of treating it?

7 to 10 days

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Daily inspections & nit removal is required for 7 to 10 days after treatment.
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What can I do to treat nits?

Manually

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Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix 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 can I loosen nits from hair shaft?

Vinegar rinse

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The use or cider vinegar or pickling vinegar have been found to loosen the nits & allow easier separation from the shaft with a nit comb. A generous amount applied to & worked through the hair may also kill some of the active lice. Repeat rinses can be used if the first does not do the job.
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Can nits live without being attached to scalp?

Not for long

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Nits die soon after detachment from hair follicles
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How long can nits and lice survive off of a head?

Not very long

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They need human hair to survive
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