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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

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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Is it safe to use rid lice killing shampoo and gel while 8 weeks pregnant?

Is it safe to use rid lice killing shampoo and gel while 8 weeks pregnant?

Yes: Applications of a variety of agents to the skin surface during pregnancy are considered safe if the active drug is not absorbed into the blood in significant amounts. The 1% Permethrin in this product fits this description. ...Read more

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How often should I retreat lice with over-the-counter medication?

How often should I retreat lice with over-the-counter medication?

Just one retreatment: For head lice, treat every affected person on the same day. Remove all the bugs and nits from everybody's hair. Just using the medication (such as nix (permethrin)) is not enough. . . One must remove the bugs and nits. Each day, check everybody's hair for remaining nits to remove. After 7-10 days, treat with nix (permethrin) again, and do hair checks every day for one week after that. Then, do hair checks occasionally. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to use on small toddlers that have lice?

Nix (permethrin): There are several pediculocides on the market and all are about the same. Avoid kwell (lindane) in children under 2 because of possible toxicity. ...Read more

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I've tried every possible lice medicine and visited doctors yet no kind of medication is helping, and the eggs are more common than lice, what to do?

Several things: If you rinse your hair daily with copious amounts of a stiff vinegar, ( pickling vinegar does well), this can loosen the eggs attachment to hair. Combing the eggs out with a nit comb will then have more success. If you do that for a week & then try the OTC product it may work better. If not there are some prescription meds for the resistant lice. ...Read more

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Are prescription medication better than over-the-counter medication for removing lice?

Head lice: Over the counter head lice medication is very effective for removing head lice. My mother used this medication to remove head lice from the grand children. ...Read more

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I have Little Black Bugs on my hair. I have tried for medication for lice and it did not work. Now I am trying Green Bug for fleas, bed bugs, mites an?

I have Little Black Bugs on my hair. I have tried for medication for lice and it did not work. Now I am trying Green Bug for fleas, bed bugs, mites an?

Little bugs.: This can be very frustration, and I certainly feel for your distress. Have you tried prescription medication and have you seen your physician? If you manage to find one or many of these insects, please capture them put them in a bag and deliver them to your physician.
Identifying the organism can offer more targeted treatment options. I hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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If I put salicylic acid (acne medication) on my head, will that kill all the lice and their eggs?

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

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My doctor diagnosed me with scabies. She told me to go buy Rid lice treatment. But if it didn't work to fill a script she gave. They were oral medication I took for only 7 days. I done one treatment, took all 7 pills then done another Rid treatment. My la

My doctor diagnosed me with scabies. She told me to go buy Rid lice treatment. But if it didn't work to fill a script she gave. They were oral medication I took for only 7 days. I done one treatment, took all 7 pills then done another Rid treatment. My la

Very confusing: Rid is not a treatment for scabies. You fail to note the name of the pills or the name of the "prescription." Sounds like you need a better DR. If you really have scabies, ivermectin pills are a single dose with one more dose 2 weeks later. Permethrin cream is used once all over the skin, then repeated in 1 or 2 weeks. All contacts are treated, even if not itchy. From first treatment to absence of ...Read more

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What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

Cetaphil cleanser: Use gentle cetaphil skin cleanser. Apply to hair and scalp. Wait 2 minutes, then comb out. Wash your hair 8 hours later. Repeat once a week for 3 weeks. You can hold the mayo! ...Read more

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How can I treat 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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Are public lice white?

Are public lice white?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eyebrows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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How do I look for lice?

How do I look for lice?

lice: A person with head lice may have no symptoms. The most common symptom is itching. There may be a crawling or movement sensation on the scalp. A person may develop sores from scratching. Scratching can be significant enough to prevent good sleep. 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. >. ...Read more

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What color are public lice?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eyebrows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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How do you remove lice? :(

Special comb and tx: Buy the lice treatment at your local store and follow the directions and wash all linens but the lice comb must be used to remove all the eggs. Consider other family members or contacts. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have lice?

Itching: Head lice are itchy. There will be clear eggs attached to your hair and lice may be visible usually at the back of the hair bearing areas. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have lice?

Lice: With head lice, you may have intense itching of the scalp. Small, red bumps on the scalp, neck, and shoulders may become crusty and ooze. You may have white specks (eggs, or nits) on the bottom of each hair that are hard to get off. The best thing to do is for you to see a doctor evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat lice?

What is the best way to treat lice?

Lice tx: 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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Is it possible to have lice for 6 years?

No: Lice is very treateble and cured with the proper treatment and hygiene. ...Read more

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If my kids have lice, what should I use?

Lice: Treatment of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix (permethrin) or RID or prescription meds 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 ...Read more

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Is lice curable?

Head Lice: Can be curable, but it takes some work. See your doctor for diagnosis and proper medication. Your doctor will give you instructions how to use the medication, what to look for, and how to recheck to make sure the infestation is gone. If you do not get information from your doctor or pharmacist, please open and read the following link: www.Cdc. Gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment. Html. ...Read more

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Can perineal lice be seen?

Yes: Pediculosis pubis is the name for crabs infesting the pubic area. Crabs (lice) often live in the pubic area or near the anus. ...Read more

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Do lice look like an ant?

Do lice look like an ant?

No: 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. A person with head lice may have no symptoms. The most common symptom is itching. There may be a crawling or movement sensation on the scalp. A >. ...Read more

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How do I get lice and dandruff?

From others & self: Lice are a parasitic insect that are easily shared. Head lice are frequently seen in children. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/

Dandruff is dry scalp skin. ...Read more

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What's the signs of body lice?

Extreme itching: Particularly at night, trunk, armpits and groin, are mostly affected, however at times it be asymptomatic ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

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