Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Symptoms Evaluation Treatment specialist Home Care itching warning signs Prevention Outlook Underlying Cause Transmission

Lice Home Care

Home care for lice includes:

  • Do not share personal care items:
    • Brushes
    • Combs
    • Towels
  • Sterilize combs and brushes in boiling water.
  • Family members should be checked for lice.
  • Sexual partners should be treated for lice.
  • Take an oral antihistamine for itching:
  • Use insecticide lotion or shampoo as directed.
  • Use a nit comb to help remove dead eggs from the hair.
  • Wash clothes and linens in very hot, soapy water every day.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Lice Itching

Medications for itching in those with lice include:

Oral antihistamines can be sedating. Use them with caution and do not mix them with alcohol or other sedatives. Follow directions on product packaging.

Lice Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have lice and any of the following:

Continue to Lice Prevention

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Lice References
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