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Prescription Medication Removing Lice
Not necessarily: There has been a growing concern that lice are becoming resistant to some common over-the-counter treatments such as permethrins (like nix) and pyrethrins (like a-200, clear lice system, pronto, r & c, and rid). They are still a good 1st line treatment since they have been proven to be so safe and are available over the counter. Be sure you have the correct diagnosis and instructions from your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Active ingredients: The differences between prescription and OTC lice treatments are the active ingredients, treatment protocols (some require more than one application), and side-effect and safety profiles. OTC: 1. Permethrin (NIX) 2. Pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide (Rid) Rx: 1. Benzyl alcohol 5% (Ulesfia) 2. Malathion lotion (Ovide) ...Read more
Maybe: Some swear to effectiveness of a pickling vinegar used as a wash/rinse daily for a week. The acidic material loosens the nits, which should be removed by a nit comb.I suppose you could try, and go to an alternative treatment, if you were not happy with the results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Will removing hair from the genital area helps in removing pubic lice and thereby prevent itching?
Pubic Lice: 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 are available over-the-counter without a prescription at a local drug store or pharmacy. These medications are safe and effective when used exactly according to the instructions in the package or on the label. ...Read more
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