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Do you need to see a doctor for lice?
This is a great question because of just how common lice can be. The vast majority of cases are likely managed by school nurses or pediatricians simply because of the way it is usually diagnosed. Many times it is caught during lice checks or because someone in their class or friend group has it.
There are so many over the counter remedies for it that often times it can be cleared effectively on your own.
Over the counter there are shampoos that contain Pyrethrum. This tends to kill the ‘live’ lice but not the nits or unhatched eggs. It will likely be necessary to repeat treatment in 10 to 14 days to ensure that any lice from eggs that hatch are treated before they have a chance to lay eggs again.
How can lice be prevented?
I just mentioned the other day that one of the times of year I tend to see a spike in lice cases is towards the end of th summer and early in the school year. Many are linked to camps and the beginning of the school year. However, the precautions we are taking for COVID should not only prevent COVID but also lice! Lice is spread through direct contact. Hair to hair contact sharing pillows and brushes, hats and hair clips, etc are the key ways to spread the lice. Machine washing in hot water or sealing clothes or laundry off for 2 weeks can often help kill the lice in any clothing or linens.