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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. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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


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How to remove lice and nits without a nit comb?

How to remove lice and nits without a nit comb?

Nits & 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. Nit comb not required. 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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Without fine tooth comb can we remove lice with plastic comb.?

Without fine tooth comb can we remove lice with plastic comb.?

Need Nit Comb: Medications used to treat head lice infestation are not 100% effective. While not mandatory, removal of nits (eggs) manually using a special comb is recommended to prevent re-infestation. Nits are very small, easily mistaken for dandruff; a regular fine-toothed comb is too wide to remove them. A 2nd treatment is recommended after 10 days. Combing helps but correct use of product is very important. ...Read more

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Is there anyway I can remove lice eggs without using a special nit comb?

Is there anyway I can remove lice eggs without using a special nit comb?

Difficult at best: You can soften the glue that holds the nit to the hair by rinsing the hair with a stout vinegar.Apple cider vinegar or pickling vinegar both seem to help. This can help loosen the nit and make it easier to remove.The problem is the number and location.They are laid at the scalp, but elevate as the hair grows ~1/2 inch/mo. If you miss one, it can hatch and establish a new infestation. ...Read more

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How long will I need to comb lice and nits from infested hair after initial treatment

Until clear: It is tedious but every last nit must be combed out to ensure cure (hours of combing). ...Read more

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Can lice shampoo make your hair fall out?

No: Certain of the shampoos may make your hair dry and possibly crack particularly with overuse. Your hair should not fall out. ...Read more

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Does straightening your hair kill lice as well?

See below: If the lice are caught in the straightener - yes, but more likely they will be near the scalp along with the eggs and the devise will likely not get that close (although the adjacent heat might work). Still i would say - not guaranteed. ...Read more

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Will medicated shampoos work on head lice?

Head lice: Usually yes. In some cases cutting the hair may be needed. Remember the shampoo will have to used daily for quite some time. ...Read more

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Can lice, once killed, comeback and re-infest my hair?

Yes!: Lice are small insects that live in hair and nest there. The eggs can hatch later even if shampoo has killed all the live bugs. Even if you have eliminated them from the hair, others can always re-infest if you come into contact with clothing, hats, combs, or other people who are still infested. It's important to wash all clothes, bedding, and other items that the whole family has used as well. ...Read more

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Will Lysol wipes eliminate lice and nits on a bike helmet?

Will Lysol wipes eliminate lice and nits on a bike helmet?

Maybe. Maybe not.: One can just use a big vacuum cleaner with a small brush attachment, and then brush and vacuum the helmet. Lice are little bugs, and they will get sucked up. Nits are glued to hairs, so there won't be a free nit in a helmet. Any nit will still be glued to a hair, which will get sucked up. Lysol is not needed. ...Read more

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Itchy hair even after using shampoo? Lice? Ringworm?

Itchy hair even after using shampoo?
Lice? Ringworm?

Long list.: Itchy hair can be caused by dry scalp, seborrhea, irritants (hair products/treatments), skin infections (can be ringworm, lice, scabies), insect bites, skin disorders (psoriasis or eczema, for example)... The list is long, so it is best to have your gp or a dermatologist check it out. ...Read more

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Does combing alone get rid of lice?

Unlikely to happen: Combing with a fine toothed lice comb can remove some of the egg casings from the hair shafts. However, the lice are mobile and elusive.Some form of treatment to get the hatched lice will be necessary. ...Read more

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Can you help? Could straightening tongs kill nit eggs and lice?

Probably not: Probably not, because many will be close to the scalp where the tongs will not be placed. ...Read more

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How long of lice shampoo use would kill the lice?

How long of lice shampoo use would kill the lice?

Remove eggs: for a proper lice removal.use a product which kills lice and its eggs(nits). even 3 days of proper use put shampoo and wait for 4 hrs .then rinse after that comb with a fine tooth comb to remove the dead nits if other family members have it they should all be treated at the some time you may repeat this weekly for 3 times use RC spray on the bedding and furniture to kill the remaining eggs ...Read more

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Can coloring your hair kill lice?

Can coloring your hair kill lice?

No: No product or method destoys all of the eggs and hatched lice with single treatment. There are treatments which include chemicals, natural products, combs, shaving, hot air, and silicone-based lotions. All effective treatments require a two-fold process of killing both the adult lice and the eggs. Generally the eggs (nits) need to be manually picked off 1 by 1 in order to ensure all are removed. ...Read more

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Can a hair straightener or flat iron kill lice?

Yes & no: Yes if the heat comes in direct contact but no it's not a reliable method of removing them. They usually scurry around at scalp level & are therefore not all trapped in a wad of hair being ironed. ...Read more

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Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Germophobia: This is the same question as your others, this time about lice. Like warts, only come from intimate contact with another person, not clothing or contamined environment. Abnormal fear of contagion (germophobia) can be an early sign of serious mental health disability (see "The Aviator", the biopic of Howard Hughes, for a good example). You might benefit from professional counseling about this. ...Read more