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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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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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Are lice shampoos potentially hazardous?

Are lice shampoos potentially hazardous?

Yes & no: Used appropriately these are not a problem. However, most available products are basically bug spray in liquid form or various alcohol preparations. They work by poisoning the lice. Leaving the med on too long, applying too often, inhaling the fumes etc increase the toxicity to the patient. Please follow directions & confer with your pcp if questions arise. ...Read more

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What would happen if I used the lice shampoo more than the recommended once a week?

What would happen if I used the lice shampoo more than the recommended once a week?

Toxicity: Lice treatments are basically insecticides and if over-used will cause not only skin irritation but can cause neurologic toxicity (damage to the central nervous system). Children are especially susceptible to this. ...Read more

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What happens if you swallow lice shampoo?

Deliberate or: Accidental? Call 1-800-222-1222 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to reach any poison control center in the United States. You will be connected with an expert who will direct you how to proceed. Please have all product information available when you call. I would encourage going to ER. ...Read more

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What could happen if you swallow lice shampoo?

What could happen if you swallow lice shampoo?

Call Poison Center: Right away. You can call 24/7 for free at 1-800-222-1222. Ensure that you have product information available when calling. ...Read more

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Do medicated shampoos work on kid lice?

If you mean...: ...Head lice, the only medicated shampoo for that is kwell, but it is banned in at least one state (california). Nix (permethrin) cream rinse is reasonably effective. Elimite cream works better, although it is "off-label". Ovide lotion works well, but it stinks, and is flammable, so be careful. ...Read more

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How long of lice shampoo use would kill the lice?

Remove eggs: For a proper lice removal. Use a product which kills lice and its eggs (nits).
even 3 days of proper use put shampoo and wait for 4 hrs. Then rinse
after that comb with a fine tooth comb to remove the dead nits
if other family members have it they should all be treated at the some time
you may repeat this weekly for 3 times
use RC spray on the bedding and furniture to kill the remaining eggs ...Read more

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What are essential oils are used to make a lice shampoo?

Several used: The essential oils that tend to be in the majority of these types of lice treatment and/or prevention are: tea tree, rosemary, thyme, lavender, geranium, clove, and peppermint. ...Read more

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What can you do to take care of side effects from lice shampoo?

Which: Which side effects? Which shampoo? Ask question again. No individual patient details please. General info only. ...Read more

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Does chemical lice shampoo lighten coloured hair?

Not necessarily: Usually these products do not bleach hair. ...Read more

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What is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

What is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

Lice deterent: I have seen shampoos in Health Food and vitamin/supplement stores that contain Tea Tree Oil that are labeled for this purpose. I have also seen products with Neem oil which may be effective (but would likely repel people too!). ...Read more

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Do health consequences result from lice bed spray and shampoo? If so, what happens?

Not enough info: Would need to know the specific products to advise of possible untoward effects. ...Read more

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Will medicated shampoos work on head lice?

Head lice: Usually yes. In some cases cutting the hair may be needed. Remember the shampoo will have to used daily for quite some time. ...Read more

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What is the best medicated shampoo for head lice?

1% Lindane shampoo: Two treatments, a week apart, provide a good result. In case of treatment failure (resistant lice), Malathion should be considered. ...Read more

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My head has been itchy for a couple weeks I went without product in my hair and tried different shampoo nothing helps and its not lice.

Itchy scalp: You may have seborrhoic dermatitis or the beginning of psoriasis of the scalp. There are other conditions that can also cause problems so it best to see a dermatologist to see what's causing the problem. ...Read more

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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?

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

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When I scratch my scalp oily dadrunff comes off with some black specks that are freaking me out! Used lice shampoo over 3 times but itching won't stop?

Freckles? Blackheads: I do not think that the problem is lice. It may be blackheads, which is pigments in the sweat glands from another bacteria or detritus or a reaction to the oils in your hair. Use just a simple cleansing shampoo to start, and see a dermatologist for diagnosis. Or use HealthTap Prime &upload pictures. Good luck, & thanks for asking Health Tap! ...Read more

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Are there any natural supplements or shampoos that can kill lice?

Not really: If you want to kill lice, then you will need a shampoo that has a chemical insecticide in it. It is possible to eradicate lice without using one, but it would require great dedication to check the whole scalp daily for live insects, and comb the hair strand by strand to remove the tiny white eggs (nits). The over-the-counter medicated shampoos are very safe, and I think they are a wiser choice. ...Read more

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Can lice shampoo make your hair fall out?

No: Certain of the shampoos may make your hair dry and possibly crack particularly with overuse. Your hair should not fall out. ...Read more

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How to get rid of head lice, when shampoos do not work?

Nit combing: Nit comb try to comb daily until lice gone wash hair frequently can also use coconut oil prior to washing for massage. There is a shampoo called lice repel has lemongrass and citruline helps deter lice. ...Read more

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How many times do I need to apply kwell (lindane) (permethrim) shampoo for lice?

How many times do I need to apply kwell (lindane) (permethrim) shampoo for lice?

Once: Depends on Permethrin gel concentration 2%, 5%, usually once, and may repeat once again after one week interval. Avoid oral and eye contact. Follow instructions from your doctor and the manufactury. Recommendations for children. Treat other family members who are in contact with the sick patient. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter is losing clumps of hair 2 days after using a lice shampoo. What do I do?

Watchful wait: Unfortunately this can be a common side effect of these types of medications, or just a side effect of having the actual lice infestation and inflammation that goes along with it. Most of the time we just watch and wait to see if new hair growth will occur (which is usually the case). Over the next several weeks you should see some fresh new growth. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of head lice with medicated shampoos?

Yes: Rid, and other over the counter shampoos for lice work in most cases. Eggs are harder to get rid of. Wide tooth comb with vinegar on cotton ball will help remove eggs. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of head lice without medicated shampoo?

Is there a way to get rid of head lice without medicated shampoo?

Yes: There are many unproven methods you can try; mayonnaise, eucerin cream with a hair drier, tea tree oil, and many more you can find on the internet. The only fool proof method I know that doesn't involve medicines is to shave the head. Lice require a hair length of at least half and inch to lay their eggs (nits) and reproduce. ...Read more

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How many times do I need to apply kwell (lindane) shampoo for head lice?

Once or twice: One treatment on the first day and sometimes a repeat treatment one week later is usually all that is necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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