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What Are Some Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Lice
Need special shampoo: A medicinal shampoo, such as nix, (permethrin) is needed to kill lice and their offspring. There are several over-the-counter products to choose from. The key is to get rid of the eggs and kill the hatched lice before they reproduce. If any eggs survive (they are on hairs, near the scalp), the cycle just begins all over again. Without nix, (permethrin) one must pick off every egg and crush every louse to cure the problem. ...Read more
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
If I have head lice is there any way I could get rid of them with any kind home home remedy could you give me some home remedy advise
Possibly: Some have a variable response with a stout vinegar preparation (apple cider or pickling vinegar) applied to dry hair as a thorough wash & soak followed by combing out the nits with a fine comb. Several daily applications are often necessary. If this is not successful you can use the otc lice products. ...Read more
Smother them!: There are not other proven therapies to kill lice and their eggs. However, certain home remedies are practical and often used by pediatricians. The best is smothering them, by coating the hair in a heavy layer of vegetable oil that is left on x 48 hours - cover with a shower cap. Also, always change clothing, linen and everything else in contact with infected head. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't have money for the expensive Oct lice treatment, but I do get food assistance. What can I do to get rid of it on me and my 2 yr old?
Wet combing: May be the most effective method besides pesticides. This involves using a substance such as crime rinse and a fine toothed comb. Combing is done until there are no more live and should be repeated every 3-4 days for several weeks and continuing for 2 weeks after the last appearance of an adult louse. All the best. ...Read more
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
Body lice: You can usually get rid of body lice by cleaning yourself and any personal belongings that may be contaminated. Wash infested bedding, clothing and towels with hot, soapy water — at least 130 f (54 c) — and dry them at high heat for at least 20 minutes. Items that can't be washed may be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Treatment 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. Wash > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Salt water bathing: The only natural way to get rid of lice is regular (several times per day) swimming in salt water making sure the head gets soaked with the salt water. You can comb out lice but no natural product will get rid of them. Remember to wash your sheets, sterilize your house and take care of other family members at the same time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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