If an adult has recurrent lice infestations, what can be done other that the routine talk about how to get rid of them, and the referral to a physician for prescription tx? She thinks this is an issue as far as her health, and she wants somebody to eradicate them!
Oct 12, '03
They are missing something in the clean-up! Make sure that the pt is using the lice product and cleaning the enviroment all in the same day. It doesn't do any good if they wash their hair and don't change the sheets on the beds.
Vaccuming is one of the best ways to get rid of the nits and lice. Heat is another way to kill the lice. A hot dryer really works well!
Also everyone in the household is to be treated!!!!! If anyone in the family goes to another household to stay, then they need to be treated! I've seen this when kids go between divorced parents!
The car is one area people miss, make sure you vaccum it out! I tell people with stuffed animals to keep them bagged (if they cannot be washed or put in the dryer) for at least a month.
It's a lot of work and hard to get everything done at once. One thing that may help is to bag everything up until you can get to it!
The most important thing is to PICK NITS!!!! The nit combs will miss them. You need to literally pull them off yourself!!!! Check everyone everyday and pick nits until the next treatment which is usually about 10 days later.
Last edit by phn92 on Oct 12, '03
Oct 12, '03
There was a thread about this a while back and there are some good alternative medicines out there. One of course is to use conditioner and then comb. The conditioner "stuns" the lice so you can get rid of them easier. Here is the link.
Last edit by gwenith on Oct 12, '03