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How to remove head lice?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Various methods

A 1% Permethrin shampoo is a common 1st step.
The lice by themselves will wash out when dead by simple shampooing. The primary problem is the egg casings that attach with a glue like material to the hair shafts & may allow a new crop of lice to emerge. A rinse with a vinegar solution will loosen the nits & they can be combed out with a fine tooth comb.

In brief: Various methods

A 1% Permethrin shampoo is a common 1st step.
The lice by themselves will wash out when dead by simple shampooing. The primary problem is the egg casings that attach with a glue like material to the hair shafts & may allow a new crop of lice to emerge. A rinse with a vinegar solution will loosen the nits & they can be combed out with a fine tooth comb.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Head lice

Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice.
A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix 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: Head lice

Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice.
A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix 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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