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How Long Do Head Lice Generally Live
Head Lice: The life span of an adult louse on a host ranges up to 30 days. During this time, the female head louse can deposit about 90 eggs. After incubating for seven to 10 days, the nits hatch and, after another 10 days, mature into adult head lice and the cycle begins again. Off the host, adult head lice can live about two to four days at 74 degrees fahrenheit (f) and one to two days at 86 degrees. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I was exposed to a child who had been treated for head lice last wednesday night. I did not hug her but I am concerned. I have been checked several times since then and show no signs. How long should I have people keep checking?
Lice: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Define natural ????: Some have offered experience that a stout vinegar, like pickling vinegar can be used as a wash over several days to a week and do this.The acidic solution does loosen the nits/egg casings so they can be removed easily with a nit comb.If this did not work one of the OTC or prescription products could be used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less than a week.: Now many head lice are resistant to our traditional therapies. Cheap method which works is to apply gold listerine to the scalp x 1 hour and cover with shower cap. Then apply househould vinegar and comb through the entire head using sections of 10-20 hairs to remove all nits or eggs.. Leave the vinegar x 1 hour then wash. Repeat in 1 wk. New study showed oral Ivermectin works well. Need an rx! ...Read more
It depends on where: they are in their life cycle when they get onto your head. There are adult males and females and only the females lay eggs. Check out this link to the life cycle of head lice: https://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0LEViwYs61UOaIAcj0PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--?p=head+lice+life+cycle&back=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.yahoo.com%2Fyhs%2Fsearch%3Fp%3Dhead%2Blice%2Blife%2Bcycle%26hsimp%3Dyhs-001%26hspart%3Dmozilla%26ei%3DUTF-8&w=847&h=484&imgurl=www.mnlicelady.com%2Fresources%2FHeadlice_Lifecycle.jpg&size=38KB&name=Headlice_Lifecycle.jpg&rcurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mnlicelady.com%2Fmyths-facts.php&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mnlicelady.com%2Fmyths-facts.php&type=&no=1&tt=119&oid=49592317e194b3ea05198706d481fab7&tit=head+lice+life+cycle&sigr=119fl54uk&sigi=11j6919ca&sign=10mr2ehqg&sigt=103d1h5lg&sigb=130dlufm9&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read more
No Nit standard: The national pediculosis association (npa) recommends “no-nit” standards. This means that a child would meet reentry standards for schools, daycare, etc when they no longer have lice, nits or egg cases on their head/ in hair. Just to let you know – this is controversial. ...Read more
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