What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Head Lice?

Q:
What is the diagnosis and treatment of head lice?

A:
Diaonosis
An examination of wet hair lubricated with such products as a standard hair conditioner is required. Your doctor will carefully comb hair with a fine-toothed comb (nit comb) from the scalp to the end of the hair. If no live louse is found, he or she will likely repeat the entire exam at a second appointment.

Treatment
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as Permethrin (Nix) and pyrethrin with additives. They can kill lice and some of the eggs but may not kill recently laid eggs.
Prescription medications like benzyl alcohol (Ulesfia), malathion (Ovide) and lindane. If the correct use of an OTC treatment has failed, your doctor may recommend a prescription treatment.

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