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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?
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
Lice, oh my!: If not done already, get an otc lice treatment from a drugstore & treat everyone in household (follow directions that came with it). After rinsing it out, soak all of each person's hair thoroughly with plain white vinegar (dissolves cement holding nit to hair shaft). After 1/2 hour, comb every bit of hair from scalp to ends with metal lice comb. Repeat all steps in 1 wk. Wash all linens in hot water. ...Read more
Treat them: Then treat them and get rid of them... ...Read more
Is it normal for a 5month old to sleep like 10 20 minutes like 5 times a day n go bed at 7 at nit n sleep till 7mornin?
Certainly!: Each baby varies widely as to individual sleep needs. An important part of your answer however rests with these follow-up questions: does your baby behave normally when she is awake? Is she gaining weight appropriately--following the normal growth chart percentile? Does she have normal bowel & urine output? Does she have normal muscle tone, especially good head control? If so, enjoy naps with her! ...Read more
I have These white things come up on my skin they look abit like nits. I keep on scratching then I get a reaction and its painful.
I don't know if something is wrong...it seems like discharge is coming from my rectal and im nit sure how to stop it...it has only been going on for 2 days.
You should see your: Doctor, either your primary care doc/pediatrician or you gynecologist if you have one. It is hard to determine here exactly where the discharge is coming from. It could be from your rectum, vaginal area or even the area right above your rectum. I have seen patients who think the discharge is rectal, but it is actually a pilonidal cyst draining. Therefore, you should be examined by a doctor. ...Read more
Manually: 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
Words matter: The scalp is the skin of the head and associated internal structures. The nits are laid by lice at the hair base and grow out as the hair grows (about 1/2 inch/mo). The louse inside the nit must feed on emerging or it dies. So a nit without a food source will die of starvation. So nits are attached to hair, not scalp. ...Read more
Vinegar rinces: Some suggest various forms of vinegar used daily for a week as a thorough hair wash. The mildly acidic solution does seem to help loosen the nits from the hair & mature lice don't like it. Pickling vinegar is the strongest. If this fails you can always use an otc product like nix (permethrin). ...Read more
Don't share the love: Do not share any personal grooming items, hats, or other items that come into contact with the skin and/or hair. ...Read more
Life cycle: The nits are the eggs of the louse. The eggs hatch in 8 days releasing nymphs that require 8 days to mature to lice. ...Read more
Can I leave in nit location in all night to make sure it works. For me and my daughter. Or can that be bad for you.
Are you asking about a night light? If yes, a low intensity light, left on all night, will not do any harm.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
I read if nits are more than 1/4 inch from scalp, not viable. Found just a few, more than 1 inch away. How can this be if I hadn't treated yet?
Nits viable: Not sure what you read, but assume all nits are viable. If you have an old nit in which the louse has hatched, as the hair grows out, the old nit's shell will remain. This is what the 1 inch rule is referring to. The old phrase " nit- picking" refers to the meticulous sectioning of hair and removing nits from the base of the hair at the scalp. ...Read more
Have colonoscopy nxt fri. Due to pain when I eat, no food in few days. What effect will mag. Nit. Prep have on me after no food only liq.4 many days.?
Risk of colon preps: You are appropriately concerned about risks of colon preps. Regardless of type (lavage & osmotic agents, irritant laxatives, enemas) consideration should be given to: age, size, co-morbidlities, nutritional & hydration debilities, mobility, & help at home. Up to 50% may have nausea, vomiting, fullness/bloating, anal irritation. Greater risks result from fluid & electrolyte imbalance. Talk w/doctor. ...Read more
Earbuds are ok: Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen). Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died. ...Read more