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Dr. Scott Bolhack Dr. Bolhack
Wound care
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, these are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Please tell me will vacuuming hair get rid of head lice?

Please tell me will vacuuming hair get rid of head lice?

No: It would have little to no effect at all. The mature lice lay eggs in an egg casing that is glued to the hair and is often the hardest thing to remove during treatment.

Dr. Robert Stuart Dr. Stuart
Family Medicine
41 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How can I get rid of head lice without spending any money?

Smother or shave: You can shave your head, or you can smother the lice by liberally covering your head with vaseline petroleum jelly and a shower cap overnight.

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Dr. Bryan Levey Dr. Levey
Pediatrics
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Is there a way to get rid of head lice without medicated shampoo?

Is there a way to get rid of head lice without medicated shampoo?

Yes: There are many unproven methods you can try; mayonnaise, eucerin cream with a hair drier, tea tree oil, and many more you can find on the internet. The only fool proof method I know that doesn't involve medicines is to shave the head. Lice require a hair length of at least half and inch to lay their eggs (nits) and reproduce.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can you get rid of head lice without prescription medicated shampoos?

Maybe: Some swear to effectiveness of a pickling vinegar used as a wash/rinse daily for a week. The acidic material loosens the nits, which should be removed by a nit comb. I suppose you could try, and go to an alternative treatment, if you were not happy with the results.

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Dr. Kelly Kane Dr. Kane
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Which is now the top product to get rid of head lice?

Which is now the top product to get rid of head lice?

We like lice md: It's otc. Sklice is a new rx med that has good data but depending on coverage it can be expensive.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the easiest and cheapest way to get rid of head lice that has involved the whole family?

Lice tx: 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.

Dr. Sari Nabulsi Dr. Nabulsi
Pediatrics
years in practice
Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology
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How can my 10 year old get rid of head lice?

How can my 10 year old get rid of head lice?

Head lice: You can use over the counter like nix (permethrin) or rid to get rid of head luce. You need a fine comb to help him remove the nets.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What are the natural cures to get rid of head lice?

What are the natural cures to get rid of head lice?

Lice Remedies: Natural remedies for lice include the application of olive oil, petroleum jelly, mineral oil or mayonnaise to the head/ hair. These oil-based products smother the louse. However, there is no research to demonstrate treatment efficacy.

Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer Dr. Sedlmeyer
Family Medicine
years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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How do you get rid of head lice on a human female when over the counters do not work?

See your doctor: Lice can be resistant to some treatments. Also, be seen by your doctor to ensure this is the true problem. If you have lice, there are prescription treatment options.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Need expert advice on any ideas on how to get rid of head lice I know its gross but I've tried everything?

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.

Dr. Jayashree Vasa Dr. Vasa
Pediatrics
15 years in practice
Bangalore University, Dr B. R. Ambedkar Medical College
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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

Dr. Satinder Aggarwal Dr. Aggarwal
Internal Medicine
45 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Government Medical College, Amritsar
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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.

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera Dr. LaBarbera
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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How can you get rid of head lice?

See below: A good otc product to try is rid.

Dr. Joseph Eastern Dr. Eastern
Dermatology
40 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Christopher Calendine Dr. Calendine
Pediatrics
20 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Charles Gordon Dr. Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How do you permanently get rid of head lice?

Head 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.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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How do you get rid of head lice in a dormitory?

Head lice: Http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment. Html go to the above web site from the cdc that talks about head lice treatment. A very good article.

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Dr. Nela Cordero Dr. Cordero
Pediatrics
50 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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How do you get rid of head lice in a large classroom?

How do you get rid of head lice in a large classroom?

Head Lice: When the whole classroom has head lice, they should be treated at the same time so that there will be no transfer to each other again.

Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
331 Doctors shared insights

Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more