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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
One treatment: Generally, one treatment (shampoo, nit comb, hair accessory/brush cleaning and linen/bedding change) should be sufficient to rid one of lice. However, reoccurrence is common due to re-infection from improper cleaning of accessories, brushes or linens. ...Read more
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
Nix (permethrin) is not...: ...My favorite treatment, as many strains of head lice are now resistant to it. Elimite cream (applied to dry hair & left on overnight under shower cap) works better, although not officially approved for that indication. Malathion (ovide lotion) works fastest, but stinks, and is flammable! Kwell shampoo also works fast (repeat in 1 week), but like nix, (permethrin) resistance is common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Send the infested...: ...Children home immediately, with instructions to parents to have them treated asap. Arrange for the rest of the kids to be screened as soon as possible by someone who knows what to look for. Send home all pillows, sleeping pads, etc. To be laundered. Ask all parents to inspect their kids' heads daily for any signs of nits for the next couple of weeks. ...Read more
Trying to get rid of lice myself. Any tricks? Taking RID and combing every other day. Have for 5 months now. Any help? How long for it to go away?
Nits vs Lice: Resistance to OTC lice remedies are increasing. It is important to note that persistence of nits do not imply persistence of infection. Treatment failure may also occur if proper precautions to prevent reinfections are not taken or approp. Application per manufactures's rec. Are not implemented. Please consult an in network physician for guidance on approach to therapy. Take care. ...Read more
Body lice treatment: Body lice mainly live in clothing. Destroy or carefully wash infected clothing in hot water (at least 130 degrees f), then machine dry using a hot cycle. You may need a prescription cream or wash containing permethrin, malathione, or benzyl alcohol. However, hygiene and washing clothes, bedding, and towels are usually enough. Http://health. Nytimes. Com/health/guides/disease/body-lice/overview. Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Nit comb/vinegar: The nits (egg casings) are often hard to remove when a lice infestation is treated. Most otc products come with a fine tooth comb that helps. Another trick is soaking the hair in liberal amounts of vinegar. This weak acid seems to help dissolve the glue that holds the egg to the hair. ...Read more
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