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Can coloring your hair kill lice?

Can coloring your hair kill lice?

No: No product or method destoys all of the eggs and hatched lice with single treatment. There are treatments which include chemicals, natural products, combs, shaving, hot air, and silicone-based lotions. All effective treatments require a two-fold process of killing both the adult lice and the eggs. Generally the eggs (nits) need to be manually picked off 1 by 1 in order to ensure all are removed. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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Does straightening your hair kill lice as well?

Does straightening your hair kill lice as well?

See below: If the lice are caught in the straightener - yes, but more likely they will be near the scalp along with the eggs and the devise will likely not get that close (although the adjacent heat might work). Still i would say - not guaranteed. ...Read more

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Can a hair straightener or flat iron kill lice?

Yes & no: Yes if the heat comes in direct contact but no it's not a reliable method of removing them. They usually scurry around at scalp level & are therefore not all trapped in a wad of hair being ironed. ...Read more

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I have small round black bug in hair itchy and seem to bite stngs not lice have treated for that didn't kill it. No nits.

Bug: why dont you take a picture of it so it can be identified and then treated make sure if you treat the lice the eggs should to treated also and the contacts should be treated also be sure to comb hair with a fine tooth comb ...Read more

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I've used premethrin to kill the lice, but there are still nits on my eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Any quicker way to remove them besides a nitcomb?

I've used premethrin to kill the lice, but there are still nits on my eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair. Any quicker way to remove them besides a nitcomb?

Nit comb necessary: Removing nits with a nit comb is essential. The Permethrin may have to also be used twice, about 7 to 9 days apart. Typically, it is the failure to get the nits off the body with a comb that promotes failure. Lice do not survive off the body. There are cases of 'resistant' lice, but people need to be better about combing them off! ...Read more

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How do I properly use permethrin cream rinse 5% 60 MG to kill lice? Can I wash my hair with shampoo after I rinse it? Should I add tea tree oil to it?

How do I properly use permethrin cream rinse 5% 60 MG to kill lice? Can I wash my hair with shampoo after I rinse it? Should I add tea tree oil to it?

Follow directions: it sounds like you are using Elimite (permethrin). Use as shampoo and leave on for the recommended time period and then rinse and repeat 7-9 days later. Do not use other shampoos. Anyone suspected of having lice should be treated at the same time. There are weaker solutions for children and babies. Wash all clothing and bed linen in hot water. All the best. ...Read more

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Need doc opinions! I am trying to get rid of lice, which hair bleach is the most effective on killing lice?

Need doc opinions! I am trying to get rid of lice, which hair bleach is the most effective on killing lice?

Lice treatment...: Many lice medications are available "over-the-counter" at local drug stores. Each over-the-counter product approved by the fda for the treatment of head lice contains one of the following active ingredients. Pyrethrins (a-200, pronto, r&c, rid, triple x) and Permethrin (nix). If crawling lice are still seen after a full course of treatment contact your health care provider. ...Read more

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Can lice, once killed, comeback and re-infest my hair?

Can lice, once killed, comeback and re-infest my hair?

Yes!: Lice are small insects that live in hair and nest there. The eggs can hatch later even if shampoo has killed all the live bugs. Even if you have eliminated them from the hair, others can always re-infest if you come into contact with clothing, hats, combs, or other people who are still infested. It's important to wash all clothes, bedding, and other items that the whole family has used as well. ...Read more

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Can any bug be in my hair besides lice?

Well, yes, but...: Without question head lice are the most logical and the most common pests in the hair. However, technically any flying bug or crawling insect could potentially use your scalp for a temporary "hotel". Roaches, ants, fleas, mosquitoes--just to name a few possibilities--but these would not remain or "live" in your hair for very long. Ticks are common in texas as another possibility. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How do people contract lice in their hair?

From others: Using infected hairbrush or share the bed with someone, infected bed linen, or from close contact with infected hairs (school, hairdresser), etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more