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

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

Nits dead or alive: 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. ...Read more

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Head Lice (Definition)

Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice) is a parasite that can affect humans & can betransmitted two ways. The most common is direct person to person contact. The second way is vector transmission – from a contaminated ...Read more


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What is the best way to remove dead nits from fine hair?

What is the best way to remove dead nits from fine hair?

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

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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: 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

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How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

Various methods: Many find soaking the hair with a stout vinegar will loosen the eggs from the hair.A nit comb (fine tooth) can then remove them a bit easier. Several treatments may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have killed the head lice are the eggs dead as well?

Can you tell me if you have killed the head lice are the eggs dead as well?

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

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Is it less common or more common to be able to tell if you have herpes?are you more likely to have symptoms then to nit have them ?

Less likely: Most people who carry herpes 1 or herpes 2 have no symptoms and are not aware of it unless a blood test is done. ...Read more

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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?

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

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

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

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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We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

Dandruff flakes off: Dandruff flakes off easily while nits are essentially "glued" to the hair shaft and are difficult to remove. Very important to treat entire household with a lice shampoo (Nix, Rid, etc) and to launder all bedding incl pillows, mattress covers, sheets, etc. in very hot water (120 degrees). Use "nit comb" to remove all nits from hair, be diligent, repeat until nits gone. ...Read more

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I have leu of 500+++negative nit a culture was done no bacteria was found .Ct was done and they won't tell me results over phone.Sgould i worry?

I have leu of 500+++negative nit a culture was done no bacteria was found .Ct was done and they won't tell me results over phone.Sgould i worry?

Neg culture: Why will your doctor not tell you results? You will worry until you get more information. Call your doctor for an appointment to get results and diagnosis of your problem. ...Read more

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