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How do you treat a home or school for lice?
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Ask Pediatrician
Typical first-line treatment would be a pediculicide for at least 2 treatments (preferably day 0 and day 9).
Some experts recommend 3 treatments (days 0, 7, and 13 to 15). Permethrin 1% and pyrethrins plus piperonyl butoxide are generally considered first-line treatments. Benzyl alcohol or Malathion is a suitable second-line pediculicide. Choice depends primarily on the age of the patient & resis.

In brief: Ask Pediatrician
Typical first-line treatment would be a pediculicide for at least 2 treatments (preferably day 0 and day 9).
Some experts recommend 3 treatments (days 0, 7, and 13 to 15). Permethrin 1% and pyrethrins plus piperonyl butoxide are generally considered first-line treatments. Benzyl alcohol or Malathion is a suitable second-line pediculicide. Choice depends primarily on the age of the patient & resis.
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Lice
Home treatment with nonprescription medicines can usually get rid of lice.
These medicines include: permethrin 1% creme rinse (such as nix). Pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide hair products (such as a-200, pronto, and rid). If nonprescription methods are not working, a stronger medicine may be needed. Your doctor may prescribe a more concentrated (5% instead of 1% nonprescription.

In brief: Lice
Home treatment with nonprescription medicines can usually get rid of lice.
These medicines include: permethrin 1% creme rinse (such as nix). Pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide hair products (such as a-200, pronto, and rid). If nonprescription methods are not working, a stronger medicine may be needed. Your doctor may prescribe a more concentrated (5% instead of 1% nonprescription.
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