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How long will it take to get rid of a lice infestation with rubbing alcohol?

How long will it take to get rid of a lice infestation with rubbing alcohol?

Unlikely to help: Once the lice sense water or a toxic material they can hibernate without breathing for 18 hours. Unless you use prescription benzyl alcohol,a special alcohol designed for this use, you are unlikely to succeed. Daily washing with a stout pickling vinegar will loosen the eggs, and may kill some lice, but you may need to invest in a Rx or OTC product. ...Read more

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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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Can someone tell me how long will it take to end a lice infestation with rubbing alcohol?

Can someone tell me how long will it take to end a lice infestation with rubbing alcohol?

Long time: I don't think rubbing alcohol is strong enough to kill lice. If you had short hair and carefully removed all the lice and nits it might work. But i would recommend a prescription lice product (and removal of all nits). Best to treat again in 8 or 9 days to be sure. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a lice infestation?

How can I get rid of a lice infestation?

Ulesfia: It's the latest, and probably the best, prescription medication for killing lice and eggs. But you must follow the directions to the letter. ...Read more

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What should I do to get rid of a bad lice infestation?

What should I do to get rid of a bad lice infestation?

See you doctor: If you have not already done so, you should be seeing your doctor. Often when lice infestation is severe, multiple treatments must be employed simultaneously. These include prescription creams/lotions, pills and a nit comb. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Not for sure: Combing alone e it help but dose not for sure clean it up, use the recommended shampoo, for the whole family, clean all the bed sheets sand if you have bets also do it for them. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy to get rid of head / body lice?

Vinegar may help: Vinegar has been cited as a natural rx for head lice when applied to dry hair & massaged through it daily for a week. It does loosen the nits (egg casings) which should be combed out to prevent re-infection. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar may work a bit faster than regular & you can always fall back on the otc products if this fails. ...Read more

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What are effective natural remedies for body lice? Will shaving all hair get rid of all lice?

Body lice: You can usually get rid of body lice by cleaning yourself and any personal belongings that may be contaminated. Wash infested bedding, clothing and towels with hot, soapy water — at least 130 f (54 c) — and dry them at high heat for at least 20 minutes. Items that can't be washed may be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent getting lice if my dorm had a huge lice infestation?

Hygiene: There is always a chance that you will get lice if you are in the dorm, probably the best prevention is good personal hygiene and shampoo often. ...Read more

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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