Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Scalp Lice Home Care

Home care for head 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.

Scalp Lice Warning Signs

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

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Scalp Lice References
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  2. Hill N, Moor G, Cameron MM, Butlin A, Preston S, Williamson MS, Bass C. Single blind, randomised, comparative study of the Bug Buster kit and over the counter pediculicide treatments against head lice in the United Kingdom. BMJ. 2005 Aug 13;331(7513):384-7. [16085658]
  3. West DP. Head lice treatment costs and the impact on managed care. Am J Manag Care. 2004 Sep;10(9 Suppl):S277-82. [15515633]
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