These treatments are considered pesticides, so they should be used with caution and only when an actual infestation is occurring. It may take several hours for the medicine to kill the lice, however if after 8-12 hours lice seem as active as before the medicine may not be working. Consult a health care provider before retreating. Resistance to Permethrin can occur, and is more common in children who have chronic infestations. However, Permethrin is still generally the first choice of treatment. Prescription treatments. These treatments may be necessary if the OTC treatments have failed more than twice. These treatments are also pesticides and therefore should be used with caution. Most over the counter and prescription treatments must be repeated after 7-9 days because they only kill live lice, they do not kill the eggs. Supplemental Measures Clothing, bedding, or toys can be disinfected by machine washing and drying using the HOT cycles. Spread by contact with clothing of personal items is uncommon, so excessive cleaning is not necessary. Non washable items can be dry cleaned, or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for two weeks. Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person spent time. However the risk of an infestation from a louse that has detached from a person is very small, so excessive cleaning is not necessary. Did I get lice from my pet? No. Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the spread of human lice. Can I prevent Head lice? No treatment can prevent head lice. However, since lice are spread by direct contact, avoid head to head contact, and do not share combs, brushes or hats with an already infested person. Personal hygiene or cleanliness has nothing to do with becoming infested with head lice. What about work, school and daycare?
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- Summer '14
- Head louse, Pediculosis, Body louse, lice, Louse