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How do I get rid of and continue to prevent head lice?

How do I get rid of and continue to prevent head lice?

Nix (permethrin): Nix (permethrin lotion) is effective. Apply to scalp and leave on overnight. Rinse in the morning. May repeat after 7 days. Wash all bedding and hats in hot water, and put through the dryer if possible. Do not share hats or combs or brushes with anyone. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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How can I prevent head lice, and how do you get rid of them?

How can I prevent head lice, and how do you get rid of them?

Hairspray helps.: Head lice do not like hairspray so this can be a great preventive. To get rid of lice, you can use various topicals but some forms are now resistant. Study last year showed oral Ivermectin can be used for head lice--one time treatment and works like a charm. Of course, make sure the children are not sharing hats, headbands, barrettes, etc. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of head lice without cutting hair?

How do I get rid of head lice without cutting hair?

Head Lice: Lice is a common parasite that is treated with special medications. There are over the counter and prescription medications that if taken properly, will cure the condition. ...Read more

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How to get rid of Head lice?

Wetcombing, medicine: There are several options for getting rid of head lice, including creams and liquids, wet combing (Wet the hair and add a lubricant, such as hair conditioner or cream rinse, vinegar, or olive oil, Comb every three to four days for two weeks AFTER you find any large, adult lice) and oral medicine (pills) Clothing, bedding, and towels used within 48 hours before treatment should be washed in hot wa ...Read more

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Any way to get rid of head lice?

HEAD LICE SHAMPOO: See your pcp who can prescribe head lice shampoo.It takes longer to get rid of nits even though lice are killed by shampoo because they are firmly attached to hair shaft. ...Read more

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What works to get rid of head lice?

What works to get rid of head lice?

Not always easy: Nix (permethrin) cream rinse and kwell shampoo do not work consistently. Elimite cream (left on all night) is reported to be effective but is not officially approved for head lice. Malathion lotion is effective, but stinks and is flammable. Oral Ivermectin works, but requires a doctor's prescription. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my childs head lice?

How to get rid of my childs head lice?

Also: Resistance has developed to several of the treatments that contain pediculocides like pyrethrins, permethrin, & lindane. Resistance varies in different areas, so check with your pediatrician to see what is working in your area. Some older products like lindane are no longer recommended because of their toxicity. Some of the new products contain novel non drug agents to overcome resistance issues. ...Read more

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How can I treat and get rid of head lice?

Anti-Lice Shampoo: Use anti-lice shampoo and repeat in 7 dys.8 hours after using the shampoo, work on nits. Remove nits by backcombing with a fine-tooth comb or pulling out individually. Head does not need to be shaved to cure lice.Nits can live for 2 weeks. Vacuum your child's room. Soak combs/brushes for 1 hour in anti-lice solution. Wash sheets, blankets, stuff animal in hot water or seal in plastic bag x 2wk. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of head lice in an adult?

How can I get rid of head lice in an adult?

Same as in kids: Several effective treatments. Main thing is to treat contacts and clothing to not spread them to others. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. It usually affects children and results in an itchy head. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more