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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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