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Medicine For Exposure To Lice
Sure.: Avoid contact with others hair; do not share clothing--especially hats, scarves, hair bows. Do not share combs or brushes. Do not lie on beds, pillows, carpets or stuffed toys of those with head lice. Wash clothes, bed linens, etc with hot water (at least 130*f) & use the high heat drying cycle. Prophylactic treatment with otc or prescription medications can also be prudent for head lice control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the typical amount of time after exposure to head lice that you would likely see it on yourself?
What is a good way to cure head lice without the medicine from the store that has chemicals in it?
I want to know what's the quickest way to get rid of lice. Any type of medicine or any type of technique?
OTC shampoo: There are several otc shampoos available at most pharmacies. Make sure you purchase one that kills the eggs too. Follow the directions closely, make sure all close family members, bedmates, etc. Are also treated at the same time. All bed clothing, towels, etc. Have to be washed thoroughly before being used after your treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ive 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
Improper use of ER: Head lice are common in emergency medicine because the parent did not contact the child's primary physician. This is never a condition that should waste the time and resources of an emergency room. As head lice is a superficial situation, it does not cause anemia. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hard to say...: ...without knowing what medicine are you using, how much and how often being applied, and seeing the scalp in person. First, I'd check the directions make sure it's being applied correctly--for example, most common treatments are to be left in only 10 minutes before being rinsed out! That said, dry scalp is a common side effect. Between treatments, a little Vaseline to the dry areas would help. ...Read more
Is dog flea and tick medicine, the kind that gets rid of fleas, ticks, lice and others ok for humans to use?
Vinegar may help: Vinegar has been cited as a natural rx for head lice when applied to dry hair ; massaged through it daily for a week. It does loosen the nits (egg casings) which should be combed out to prevent re-infection. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar may work a bit faster than regular ; you can always fall back on the otc products if this fails. ...Read more
Currently breastfeeding and got lice on hair after vacation. How to remove safely without affecting baby? Any OTC medicine suggested?
General BF rule: For a med to interfere with breast milk it must have a way to get in. Things you put on your skin, like any OTC or prescription topical med will not be absorbed to a level where it would.The multiple OTC products should be fine,whichever you chose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I put a lice cure medicine, but then the very back of my scalp was burning me like crazy,then a week later my skin started peeling off, whats happenin?
Which medicine to treat pubic lice.I found it in many no. But no redness only itchy..Is there any home treatment?
See answer: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic ("crab") lice. These products (rid and nix) are available over-the-counter without prescription at pharmacy. Lindane shampoo (kwell) is a prescription med and considered second line treatment. Malathion lotion 0.5% (ovide) and oral Ivermectin not fda approved in U.S. ...Read more
Do OTC treatments still work to kill head lice, or is there resistance and you must use prescription medication? What medicine do you use?
Yes OTC RID: works when instructions are followed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on humans, usually in the pubic hair. They are passed on through close body contact, such as when having sex. Infestation with pubic lice can cause itching but not everyone affected has symptoms. Treatment involves using an insecticide lotion or cream to kill the lice. http://patient.info/health/pubic-and-body-lice-leaflet ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 eye brows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Getting rid of lice: Treatment of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used. There are over the counter products like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription medications like lindane or malathion. You work carefully through the hair and remove the individual nits. You can purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If >>. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer