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How To Get Rid Of Nits Naturally
Nit comb +: Several observers recommend a good rinse with a strong vinegar solution to lossen the nits from the hair shaft followed by a combing out with a special fine tooth nit comb. The vinegar rinse can be repeated as needed to get the hard to remove leftovers. ...Read more
Egg Removal: Work under a good light for proper illumination. Using a fine comb, go through the section from the scalp to the end of the hair. Dip the comb into a cup of water, then use a paper towel. Viable nits are usually laid close to the scalp but can be found anywhere on the hair shaft. ...Read more
Prescription shampoo: They are resistant to over the counter remedies so you need to get prescription drugs like spinosad to treat it. Bites are very resistant so you need to do nite comb with special metal comb frequently and remove them manually as many as you can. Wash all clothing and bed sheets with hot water and dry them with high heat. Leave the bigger item in plastic bag for 2 weeks. ...Read more
Patience: and a fine toothed comb. Really, it's a tedious chore, but essential to eliminating the chance of re-infestation. Newer medications available by Rx (Sklice) is the only treatment that kills the louse AND it's nits. ...Read more
Medicated treatments: Head lice make egg nits which attach themselves to the hair shafts quite tightly. Nits comb can help remove many but difficult to rid all. Shaving off the hair provides instant and complete removal, but not practical for most folks. So, better solution is use nix or rid shampoo (otc) or prescription strength permethrine, ovide, lindane, resultz, zilactin, natroba (spinosad) are better alternatives. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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