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Doctor insights on: Is It Important To Remove Old Lice Eggs From Hair

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Would it be considered important to remove old lice eggs from hair?

Would it be considered 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

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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How to remove head egg lice ?

How to remove head egg lice ?

Lice comb/vinegar: Many find pre-treatment of the hair with vinegar will loosen the glue like attachment of the nits to the hair.A fine tooth comb can then be used to remove the nits. Several treatments may be necessary. ...Read more

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I only found one egg in my hair, do I still need to treat my lice?

I only found one egg in my hair, do I still need to treat my lice?

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

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I am having a hard time getting lice eggs out of my kids hair it's very coily?

I am having a hard time getting lice eggs out of my kids hair it's very coily?

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

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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

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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

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Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

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

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Hi doctors I have a big problem, how to spend the lice and their eggs (louses) in the hair? Please help me.

Hi doctors I have a big problem, how to spend the lice and their eggs (louses) in the hair? Please help me.

Nix (permethrin) shampoo: Permethrine (nix) shampoo followed by combing out eggs from hair by using fine comb is the first step. If not successful, see your doctor to get more potent pediculocidal preparation. ...Read more

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How long can undetected lice eggs remain attached on hair?

HEAD LICE: It will always be attached to the hair unless pulled out of the hair strand.Live ones presents with a click and dead ones are thinned out when crushed between fingernails. ...Read more

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I have these tiny bumps of white on the base of my hair follicles. Are they lice eggs?

I have these tiny bumps of white on the base of my hair follicles.  Are they lice eggs?

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

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Can vacuuming your hair out also help get lice eggs out?

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

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Is it safe to use a flat iron to get the stray lice eggs out of my daughter's hair?

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

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I used a lice treatment yesterday. Will flat ironing my hair kill the eggs attached to my hair?

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

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Intense head itch, bilaterally. No lice or eggs. history of sensitive skin. ?

Intense head itch, bilaterally. No lice or eggs. history of sensitive skin. ?

Scalp dermatitis: Could be another condition causing a scalp dermatitis, such as seborrhea dermatitis, which can also cause flaking of skin and dandruff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How are the brown head lice eggs and the white one distinguished from each other?

Developmental stage: Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. After hatching the shell may be wrinkled and yellow or white. Nits adhere to hairs, unlike dandruff. ...Read more

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How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

Various methods: Many find soaking the hair with a stout vinegar will loosen the eggs from the hair.A nit comb (fine tooth) can then remove them a bit easier. Several treatments may be needed. ...Read more

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How to kill head lice and most importantly the eggs?

Chemical Tx : We use Malathion and permetrin topically and it is important to use a fine comb to remove all the nits. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have killed the head lice are the eggs dead as well?

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

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How long after head lice get onto my head would they start laying the eggs/nits?

How long after head lice get onto my head would they start laying the eggs/nits?

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

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more