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Is It Important To Remove Old Lice Eggs From Hair
Lice eggs: Lice eggs need warmth to hatch. So all nits on the hair less than an inch from the scalp should be removed. Beyond an inch, the nits have either hatched or contain unhatchable eggs. However, for cosmetic reasons, remove the nits as they cause white specks that are easily visible especially on black hair. ...Read more
Yes: Head lice eggs are laid at scalp level by sexually mature lice. You can have lice for ~10 days before they start laying& they are tiny & hard to see. You cannot assume that a casual mature louse laid one egg and then committed suicide. If it is there & really a nit, it means trouble. If you treated &just have a nit left over from prior infestation, just get rid of the nit & retreat if lice return. ...Read more
Try olive oil: Try applying olive oil to hair- cover with a plastic shower cap and leave in over night. This will loosen the nit (egg) glue. The oil will also suffocate the adult lice. Use a metal nit comb to remove the nits. You will need to comb out a small amount of hair at a time. ...Read more
I m farida. I have head egg lice which is sticky to my hair and doesn't go since long years. Please help me with simple home remedies?
Nit comb/vinegar: Some find that a strong solution of pickling or apple cider vinegar can help loosen the bond the nit (lice egg) has to hair. Rinsing the hair in this solution followed by combing with a fine comb can help. Another product may be needed to kill the lice, but this can help with the eggs. ...Read more
Do I have lice? I have a type of bug living in my hair that looks like lice but there are no visible eggs, nobody else in the house has caught them, and I never have combed out more than 20 bugs every few days with a metal lice comb. Most of the time my h
This: This is very challenging to answer without a clinical picture and seeing in person. I would recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. They can examine you and look for nits in your hair. I hope that helps. ...Read more
Depends: Head lice are hard to see. It is the active lice, jumping to your hair that could infect you, not the eggs. The eggs are glued to the hair. However, if there are eggs visible, there are likely living lice on the scalp. They could transfer in a hug, or on shared hats/scarves/combs or brushes. ...Read more
Hi doctors I have a big problem, how to spend the lice and their eggs (louses) in the hair? Please help me.
I have bugs in my hair and they are way too tiny to be lice. They are white in Colour but no eggs found in my scalp. What are they??
Below: Impossible to give a DX without an exam. ...Read more
Eggs or comedones: Tiny bumps at the base of hairs can be lice eggs or comedones. Comedones are the clumps of skin cells that plug skin pores and follicles, causing acne. A doctor can decide whether they're eggs or not. Of course, one can have both at the same time. A comedone tends to have the hair right in the middle of it, but an egg is usually glued on the side of a hair (look with a magnifier). Any live lice? ...Read more
Not recommended: The best way to remove lice eggs is with a lice comb and careful combing. Lice eggs stick to the hair shaft and need work to remove. An over the counter lice treatment and lice comb are the best way to go. Leave the vacuuming to your carpets! ...Read more
Wouldn't advise it: If you use vinegar (regular, apple cider vinegar or pickling vinegar)as a hair rinse it will soften the glue that holds the nit to the hair & it will separate easier from the shaft. A fine tooth nit come is helpful for this process. It can be repeated daily for a week & may kill active bugs too. ...Read more
Doubt it will work: Active lice lay their eggs at the scalp line. You will see some further out because the hair grows out with the incubating egg attached. You are bound to miss some. Soaking your hair in a pickling vinegar to loosen the attachment and combing the eggs out with a fine nit comb works well ...Read more
Chemical Tx: We use Malathion and permetrin topically and it is important to use a fine comb to remove all the nits. ...Read more
Not always. Depends: On pediculicide used. The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in the window when the eggs have hatched into nymphs but are not yet hatching new eggs. There are however, some pediculicides which are strongly ovicidal. ...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:
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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
The Lice ; nits: Are right at the scalp. So, you would most likely injure yourself significantly with this approach. ...Read more
My daughter 6 years of age has a lot of lice and eggs in her head. We tried many shampoos but none seams to work well. Any suggestions?
Vinegar: The egg casings are attached to the hair with a glue that will dissolve/loosen in the presence of vinegar. Soaking the hair in a regular or pickling vinegar & using a fine lice comb daily can help. It can take a week or more to get all the eggs. Using a lice shampoo afterwards can kill what's left or there are prescription lotions that will. ...Read more
NO worries: Lice can crawl but they lay their eggs on hair shafts close to the scalp, no on skin. ...Read more
If I put salicylic acid (acne medication) on my head, will that kill all the lice and their eggs?
Not appropriate: Lice medication is over the counter and has multiple names. See your drugstore. If you are uncertain about the diagnosis see your doctor and she will prescribe medication for you with detailed instructions regarding your clothing, sheets, towels, and laundry in general as well as your household. It is infectious and contagious. ...Read more
My daughter keeps getting head lice from school I have tryed lice shampoo and even mayo but can not get rid of them I do not see any eggs or nits?
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. ...Read more
Difficult at best: You can soften the glue that holds the nit to the hair by rinsing the hair with a stout vinegar. Apple cider vinegar or pickling vinegar both seem to help. This can help loosen the nit and make it easier to remove. The problem is the number and location. They are laid at the scalp, but elevate as the hair grows ~1/2 inch/mo. If you miss one, it can hatch and establish a new infestation. ...Read more
Ovide: Ovide is press ription that loosens egg. Over the counter approaches include vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe the hairs and loosen eggs. Then use a comb and to remove the eggs. For the resistant eggs separate the hairs and cut out the individual hairs with eggs still on them. ...Read more