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Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Not for sure: Combing alone e it help but dose not for sure clean it up, use the recommended shampoo, for the whole family, clean all the bed sheets sand if you have bets also do it for them. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. It usually affects children and results in an itchy head. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


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How long does it take a child to get rid of head lice?

How long does it take a child to get rid of head lice?

Less than a week.: Now many head lice are resistant to our traditional therapies. Cheap method which works is to apply gold listerine to the scalp x 1 hour and cover with shower cap. Then apply househould vinegar and comb through the entire head using sections of 10-20 hairs to remove all nits or eggs.. Leave the vinegar x 1 hour then wash. Repeat in 1 wk. New study showed oral Ivermectin works well. Need an rx! ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of head lice in a child?

One treatment: Generally, one treatment (shampoo, nit comb, hair accessory/brush cleaning and linen/bedding change) should be sufficient to rid one of lice. However, reoccurrence is common due to re-infection from improper cleaning of accessories, brushes or linens. ...Read more

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My child has head lice, and we've tried just about everything to get rid of them. We keep finding a few more!?

My child has head lice, and we've tried just about everything to get rid of them.  We keep finding a few more!?

Weekly treatment: Treatment should be repeated after the first week and most important is to make sure that there is nothing causing reinfection such as brushes, bedding, friends, scarves, etc. There was an article a few years back that showed that applying cetaphil cleanser thickly overnight and letting it dry can kill the lice. It may be something to try 7 days in a row as a safe alternative to all the chemical. ...Read more

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How long does it take after nix, (permethrin) to get rid of head lice in a child?

Nix (permethrin) is not...: ...My favorite treatment, as many strains of head lice are now resistant to it. Elimite cream (applied to dry hair & left on overnight under shower cap) works better, although not officially approved for that indication. Malathion (ovide lotion) works fastest, but stinks, and is flammable! kwell shampoo also works fast (repeat in 1 week), but like nix, (permethrin) resistance is common. ...Read more

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How do you permanently get rid of head lice?

Head 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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Head lice how to get rid of once and for all?

Head lice how to get rid of once and for all?

Treat & avoid kids: Head lice are a human only parasite that transfers easily in shared headgear, scarves, crowded settings, etc. & show up when kids get together.They are seldom noticed when they first infest a kid, but scratching leads to closer inspection & the egg casings show attached to hairs.Treating the kid/headgear can stop the current event, but a permanent exclusion requires avoiding further human contact. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of head lice in a dormitory?

Head lice: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html go to the above web site from the cdc that talks about head lice treatment. A very good article. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the easiest and cheapest way that works to get rid of head lice?

Can you please describe the easiest and cheapest way that works to get rid of head lice?

Limited benefit: I have had a few moms try vinegar as a frequent hair wash (daily for a week or more) & say that this worked. Apple cider vinegar or its stouter cousin pickling vinegar were effective killing bugs and loosening the egg casings from hair to the point they slid off easily with a nit comb.If this is not effective for you an otc lice product like nix (permethrin) may finish the job. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more


Dr. Robert Kwok
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Children's Health (Definition)

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