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Jan

19

Why It Takes So Long to Get Rid of Head Lice

It can take a long time to get rid of head lice. People have reported dealing with outbreaks for months and even years. This is because most treatments don’t provide the one-and-done solution parents are looking for. Over-the-counter (OTC) lice medications, for example, call for an initial application of a lice shampoo followed by several

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Jan

12

Vodka to Treat Head Lice? There’s a Better Way.

An article in the Daily Mail found that 8 percent of UK parents had tried to use Vodka to cure their children of head lice. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. People have tried all kinds of kooky, sometimes dangerous methods for lice removal. Why? Because they are desperate. “The mothers are at their NITS end!” The

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Jan

10

Travelling Lice (Lice-Free, That Is)

Head lice are everywhere. Some 6-12 million children get head lice each year in the United States alone. If you’re travelling within the U.S. or abroad, you can take precautions to make sure that you and/or your children don’t bring home any unwelcome guests in the form of head lice. Keep in mind that many

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Nov

7

Why It Used to Take So Long to Treat Head Lice

Traditional head lice treatment is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s because lice grow in three stages—egg (nit), nymph, and adult louse. Female adult lice lay eggs, which hatch in 7-10 days. The nymph phase takes another 10 days or so. This is a period where the lice are actively feeding (biting the scalp) but

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Oct

18

New Lice Remover Kit Cures Lice Without the Mess or Toxins

New Lice Remover Kit Cures Lice Without the Mess or Toxins It’s no secret that the vast majority of head lice afflicting children in the United States are now resistant to the chemicals used in the most popular over-the-counter (OTC) lice treatments. A study in the Journal of Medical Entomology published in 2016 found that

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Aug

18

OTC head lice treatments: How they work and how they don’t

When a child comes home from school (or camp or day care) with head lice, most parents rush to the pharmacy and buy one of many available over-the-counter (OTC) head-lice treatments. There are a couple of reasons to slow down before taking this step. First, there is no need to panic. Easier said than done,

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Jul

31

What Do Lice Look Like

What Do Lice Look Like? Lice are hard to see, and sometimes seeing is in the eye of the beholder. This means parents that don’t want to see head lice on their child’s head often take a quick glance and assume everything is ok. On the other hand, parents that have dealt with head lice

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Jul

15

Where Do Head Lice Come From?

Where do Head Lice Come from? If you’ve ever encountered head lice in your family, you may know that lice afflict some 6-12 million people—mostly children—each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lice are a serious problem and they never seem to go away. So you may wonder, where did

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