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Lice (cont.)

How to Get Rid of Lice

  • Families are encouraged to look for lice routinely because it can recur.
  • Safe sexual practices may lower the risk of transmitting pubic lice and other diseases.
  • Wash clothes, bed linens, combs, and brushes to prevent recurrence.
  • Preventive treatments with anti-lice agents are not recommended and can lead to illness and persistent itching.

Lice Prognosis

With appropriate home care or prescription medication, more than 90% of lice infestations can be cured.

  • Treatments are more effective in killing lice than nits. This is why combing is so important to remove nits -- as is repeating the anti-lice treatment in seven to 10 days.
  • Children can return to their usual activities and school or day care after the first treatment, even if nits are still in the hair. Re-treat in seven to 10 days as discussed above.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/8/2015

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