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What works to get rid of head lice?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not always easy

Nix (permethrin) cream rinse and kwell shampoo do not work consistently.
Elimite cream (left on all night) is reported to be effective but is not officially approved for head lice. Malathion lotion is effective, but stinks and is flammable. Oral Ivermectin works, but requires a doctor's prescription.

In brief: Not always easy

Nix (permethrin) cream rinse and kwell shampoo do not work consistently.
Elimite cream (left on all night) is reported to be effective but is not officially approved for head lice. Malathion lotion is effective, but stinks and is flammable. Oral Ivermectin works, but requires a doctor's prescription.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Lousy 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.

In brief: Lousy 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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