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Treatment Of Head Lice

Head lice are parasites found on the human scalp. It causes a tickling sensation with itching while it moves on the head. Permethrin lotion 1% can be used to kill head lice. It is safe and effective. Pyrethrin is also used to kill head lice. They are extracted from the chrysanthemum flowers. In some cases, there are some side effects, such as itching and redness on the scalp.

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My daughter is 10 years old and has lice and nits that have now got severely scarred. How to get rid of it?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 10-year-old and has lice and nits that have now got severely scarred. The lice have infected her scalp causing big itchy patches that often bleed and result in a bad smell and extreme pain to her. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Lice infestations are common among children and adolescents due to contact with infected peers and fellow students, mostly from school. They lead to uncontrollable itching and pain and, depending on the severity of spread, may lead to bleeding and sometimes pus forma...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest how to remove lice and nits from head?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has a lot of lice and nits on her head. We tried a lot to remove them. Can you please suggest how to remove lice and nits from her head? She is 7 years old now.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Head lice are contagious. She would have got it from school. It is very important to treat the person from whom she got this. Otherwise, she will be getting lice again and again. Just make sure that her school teacher is aware of this. Now coming to the medication part,...  Read Full »

I found lice in my sister's hair. How do I ensure they are gone?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister is 16 years old. I found lice in her hair a few days ago. For two nights, she applied butter in her hair while she slept. I then combed through her hair with a flea comb twice a day. She washed everything in vinegar at a high temperature. I have not seen any today on her hair...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query. From your description, she seems to have pediculosis, that is head lice infestation. She should maintain a very good hygiene and make sure that no other body parts like axillae (armpits), and groin are involved. The most effective medicat...  Read Full »

How to get rid of lice from my kids' heads?

Query: Hello doctor, My kids have missed several days of school due to head lice. We have been fighting it for a while, and I do not want to get into trouble for the kids missing school. How can I get rid of the head lice once and for all? I have done the shampoos and the cleaning routine. What else can I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ediberto Cordero Abreu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is very common to get head licein stages of childhood and adolescence. It mainly spreads by contact with other children in school. So, it is very likely that other children also have head lice and should also be evaluated and treated to eliminate the problem. Do no...  Read Full »

My nine year old is suffering from head lice and eggs. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, Please suggest appropriate measures to treat head lice and eggs for a nine-year-old girl.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajdeep Haribhai Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You can use Permethrin 1% lotion or liquid on washed hair and leave it on for ten minutes. You can then rinse and comb out the eggs. You can also repeat this process in seven days if lice are still present. The single application is usually cur...  Read Full »

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