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Doctor insights on: Lice Eggs Vs Nits

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Is there anyway I can remove lice eggs without using a special nit comb?

Is there anyway I can remove lice eggs without using a special nit comb?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, these are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


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

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 help? Could straightening tongs kill nit eggs and lice?

Probably not: Probably not, because many will be close to the scalp where the tongs will not be placed. ...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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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:
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What is the best way of getting rid of head lice eggs?

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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Could a flat iron kill head lice along with their eggs?

The Lice ; nits: Are right at the scalp. So, you would most likely injure yourself significantly with this approach. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me how often should you check for nits and lice eggs after two/three days of treating it?

7 to 10 days: Daily inspections & nit removal is required for 7 to 10 days after treatment. ...Read more

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Headphones and head lice?

Earbuds are ok: Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen). Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died. ...Read more

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What are nits from lice bugs?

What are nits from lice bugs?

Egg encasements: Human lice are mature by 10 days of age and can start laying eggs thereafter. They do so at the level of the scalp within a hard shell that incubates the egg until the new lice emerges. The nit, is attached to the hair by a glue like material that is resistant to easy separation. Mild acidic washes like vinegar can help dissolve the glue and help with removal along with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more

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What causes head lice in a person?

What causes head lice in a person?

Human only parasite: You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers. ...Read more

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Do head lice jump?

No: They need to be transmitted physically from person to person. ...Read more

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Is head lice contagious

Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members. ...Read more

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Does head lice carry disease?

No: The body louse is a known carrier of disease but head lice are just a pest. ...Read more

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How can you rid yourself of head lice?

Goodbye 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

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Will lice come back if nits were removed?

Will lice come back if nits were removed?

Re-exposure = return: If the egg casings are removed & the adult lice are killed the normal cause of recurrence is re-exposure to a source. Some lice have developed a resistance to common rx and repeat rx or changing rx is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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Could head lice be transferred by car seat?

Yes: Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys ; seats in a variety of areas. ...Read more

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Is there a good method to prevent head lice?

Don't share: Don't share hair care products, hats, scarfs, sheets, pillow cases, combs, brushes, clips, etc. With any one. Best way to prevent transfer of head lice nits. ...Read more

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What does a head lice infestation look like?

What does a head lice infestation look like?

Head Lice: Adult lice on scalp. The most common spots to find adult lice are behind your ears and along the back of your neck. Lice are tiny, about the size of a strawberry seed, but they can be up to 1/8 inch (3 millimeters) in size.
Lice eggs (nits) on hair shafts. Nits resemble tiny pussy willow buds. Nits can be mistaken for dandruff, but unlike dandruff, they can't be easily brushed out of hair. ...Read more

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What can be done for a head lice infestation?

Wet Combing: In addition to dr. Levey's answer, there is strong evidence for using a fine-toothed comb in wet hair to remove lice, especially if shaving is not a good option, eg in many school-aged girls. If you choose to use insecticides, check with your doctor as local resistance patterns often dictate which product is best to use. ...Read more

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How to remove lice and nits without a nit comb?

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. Nit comb not required. 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

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Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

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

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Could head lice return to the host from a pillow?

Could head lice return to the host from a pillow?

Yes: Yes. It is generally recommended to do a thorough cleaning of the home at the same time as you are treated for head lice. ...Read more

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Is there any product that would prevent head lice?

Don't share: Head lice are most common in school age children k-6th grade. The reason why is because children this age share combs, hats, and other things that can transmit lice. Good hygiene dies not prevent head lice, you will just have clean lice. The best thing is to treat a case and isolate all furniture and items for 48 hrs and wash linen to prevent spread. Remember with lice care but don't share! ...Read more

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How could I get head lice and nits off of my head?

Goodbye 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

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Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Yes: Yes you could catch head lice from these things. It is usually transferred from combs and brushes. ...Read more

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How do I get head lice and nits off of my friends head?

Pediculocide, comb: A pediculocide, like nix (permethrin) or rid is applied. Follow directions exactly! This will kill the lice-but it's not immediate. Next, use a nit comb (i like the lice meister) and comb through each section of hair. Rinse the comb off after each stroke, to remove any lice/nits in the teeth. Use the nit comb daily x 7 days. Some pediulocide should be reapplied in 7 days. ...Read more

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Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Yes: Can spread to neck area and can rarely self inoculate. Treatment is same topical medications. ...Read more

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How to best avoid getting head lice when working with children?

How to best avoid getting head lice when working with children?

Lice be gone!: Don't share combs, brushes, or hats, and try to make sure your charges do not share these things either! Use your own towels as well. If you suspect a child has head lice, don't ignore it. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

Treat it now!: 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

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


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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