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How do you treat a home or school for lice?

How do you treat a home or school for lice?

Ask Pediatrician: Typical first-line treatment would be a pediculicide for at least 2 treatments (preferably day 0 and day 9). Some experts recommend 3 treatments (days 0, 7, and 13 to 15). Permethrin 1% and pyrethrins plus piperonyl butoxide are generally considered first-line treatments. Benzyl alcohol or Malathion is a suitable second-line pediculicide. Choice depends primarily on the age of the patient & resis. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

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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Do I need to take my child out of school if they have lice?

Do I need to take my child out of school if they have lice?

Most Likely: Most schools want children with lice to be fully treated and lice free before returning to school. ...Read more

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How quickly can lice spread from one child to the next in school?

How quickly can lice spread from one child to the next in school?

Quickly: Because children are in close contact with each other during play and other activities lice can spread pretty quickly through a classroom or school. In addition, child tend to share personal items such as hats, headbands, etc. The key is to check you child's head frequently if you are notified from the school that lice is "going around". ...Read more

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How does an infestation of lice of school children start?

Quietly: Lice are an only human paracite that takes only 10 days to go from hachling to maturity. They are tiny, often found in headgear, hoodies or scarfs & love to be shared (like headgear). Kids is close contact settings, with layers of clothing often pass the living lice. They gravitate to the scalp as a quiet place to feed.After a time whit egg casings appear tightly attached to hair. ...Read more

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How can we get rid of an infestation of lice at the school?

How can we get rid of an infestation of lice at the school?

Send the infested...: ...Children home immediately, with instructions to parents to have them treated asap. Arrange for the rest of the kids to be screened as soon as possible by someone who knows what to look for. Send home all pillows, sleeping pads, etc. To be laundered. Ask all parents to inspect their kids' heads daily for any signs of nits for the next couple of weeks. ...Read more

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I HAVE LICE!?!? My Mom Is Taking A Lot Of Them Out. Help!?!? Advice!?!? What Do I Do?? Can I Go Back To School After Break?

See your doctor for : prescription medication tomorrow. For the many other things that must be done to prevent re-infestation in you & infestation of family members, see www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html. ...Read more

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A child in my school has head lice, how do I prevent my child from catching it?

A child in my school has head lice, how do I prevent my child from catching it?

Head lice: Simply put, you can do everything right and your family could still end up with lice. And of course, head lice have nothing to do with hygiene or income level; anyone can get them. The most common route of transmission is head to head contact, such as two kids bending over the same coloring book. ...Read more

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Should parents inform the school and daycare that their child has lice?

Should parents inform the school and daycare that their child has lice?

YES!!: Absolutely. Lice is very contagious and all children who had contact with the infected child should also be examined. ...Read more

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We have an outbreak of lice at our school. I work in the computer lab that uses headphones and I am concerned about spreading the lice. Thoughts?

Take precautions: Although not high risk a simple precaution would be using your own headphones. If this is not practical then visually inspect the headphones for lice or hair and wipe down with a sanitizer wipe before use. ...Read more

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My gp told me pubic lice is curable.the doctor from the sexual health tells me different they are treatable there's no cure.u live withthemcompletely?

My gp told me  pubic lice is curable.the doctor from the sexual health tells me different they are treatable there's no cure.u live withthemcompletely?

Pubic Lice Cure: With proper use of prescription creams, or lotions, pubic lice is curable. Since it is a human parasite on the skin, you can catch it again from intimate exposure to others who have the lice, or by sharing contaminated clothing, towels. Contact your doctor, or a Dermatologist, for treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat lice?

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

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What is the best way to treat lice?

What is the best way to treat lice?

Lice tx: 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

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Is it safe to treat lice every few days for weeks on end?

Lice: You need to shampoo with the correct compound like Nix (permethrin) or Rid and then go through each strand of hair with a fine tooth comb so as to remove all the eggs which are tiny and white in appearance. Until you do this correctly it will continue to occur ...Read more

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Treated lice on a child but she says it still itches, but I do not see anything?

Treated lice on a child but she says it still itches, but I do not see anything?

Head lice: Itching may continue even after all lice are destroyed. This happens because of a lingering allergic reaction to their bites. Over-the-counter cortisone (corticosteroid) creams or calamine lotion may help. For severe itching, antihistamine medicines (such as benadryl) or stronger, prescription-strength corticosteroid creams may be needed. Don't give antihistamines without doctors permission. ...Read more

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My four year old got lice last month. We treated her and combed daily. I treated her again last night and found more lice. What can we do?

Depends on treatment: It depends on what type of treatment you used and if you used it correctly. Here is a link with very detailed instructions to help you get rid of those pesky bugs. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html Hopefully this helps! And don't panic, although they are gross, lice do not carry any diseases. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my lice?

Lice: 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

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How often can a child be treated for lice?

Lice treatment: Generally speaking we treat with permethrin overnight, then spend the next 2-3 days removing the nits with a comb. In one week, it can be repeated to kill any new ones that have hatched. ...Read more

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How do you get rectal lice? How do you treat this?

Hmmmmm: I think you may have found a pubic louse near your rectum. I think this article will help address your concerns. http://www.webmd.com/children/tc/lice-treatment-overview ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more