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Is it safe to continue school and go to public places when you have dead nits? How do you tell if they are dead, or just hatched?
Fine tooth comb: Most otc products come with a fine toothed comb used to remove the nits from the hair.Some find that soaking the hair in vinegar will loosen the nits & make them easier to separate. ...Read more
After using permethrin cream for crabs do the dead nits have to be removed or do they just fall off?
Use the comb: Most of the critters will fall off, but the comb that comes with the kit will help remove the eggs; or keep using the cream. Good luck. ...Read more
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
After treatment of head lice with Hedrin I am still finding between 10 and 20 seemingly new hatched lice 24 hours after.They appear dead. Normal?
Yes: According to the hedrin website- one of the active ingredients paralyzes the lice and so they likely look dead- The maker also recommends that the procedure be repeated in 7 days for eggs that hatched since the first application and also say that if it looks like there is a re-infection that you can use the treatment again Try to find the source of the infection and good luck! ...Read more
Vinegar + nit comb: I have has some success over the years with vinegar as a hair rinse helping dissolve the glue that holds the nit to the hair. A comb out with a fine tooth nit comb after the treatment completes the process.Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar are sometimes quicker than regular white vinegar. ...Read more
Several options: Nix (permethrin) cream rinse and kwell shampoo do not work consistently. Elimite cream is reported to be effective but is not officially approved for head lice. Malathion lotion is effective, but stinks and is flammable. Oral Ivermectin works, but requires a doctor's prescription. ...Read more