Frequent question: Should I wash my hair after lice treatment?

You do not need to use regular shampoo or conditioner after the lice treatment. In fact, it is best to not shampoo again for 2 days, in order to give the medicine time to work. The medicine will kill the live lice bugs, generally within 12 hours. Comb your child’s hair.

How long after using lice shampoo can you wash your hair?

Don’t wash the hair with shampoo until 2 days after Nix treatment. Avoid hair conditioners before treatment. Do not use them for 2 weeks after treatment. Reason: Coats the hair and interferes with Nix.

What happens if you don’t comb your hair after lice treatment?

If you do not comb out all the remaining nits, they will hatch and restart the cycle in 7-10 days from that point. That’s why we recommend 3 treatments over a 12-day period of time. This stops the life cycle of lice.

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Should you dry hair after lice treatment?

After all the hair is wet, wait 2 minutes for Cetaphil to soak in. Comb out as much excess cleanser as possible. Blow dry your child’s hair. It has to be thoroughly dry down to the scalp to suffocate the lice.

What do you need to wash after head lice?

Hair care products

Carefully remove any hair from your child’s combs, brushes and hair accessories, and soak them in hot water for at least 30 minutes. Rinse well with cold water, and allow to air dry.

Can you shower after lice treatment?

WARNING: Do not use a combination shampoo/conditioner, or conditioner before using lice medicine. Do not re–wash the hair for 1–2 days after the lice medicine is removed.

How long can lice live on bedding?

Pillows? Just like with mattresses, lice can only live on any bedding—whether it’s sheets, pillows, or comforters—for 1-2 days. Without a human scalp as a source for food (blood) for longer than 1-2 days, lice cannot survive.

Will your head still itch after lice treatment?

You can treat lice and their eggs with prescription or over-the-counter medicines. After treatment, your skin may still itch for a week or more. This is because of your body’s reaction to the lice.

How do you know when lice eggs are dead?

When treating head lice, it may be difficult to tell whether the nit is still alive or if it has hatched. The simplest way to tell is by looking at the color — live and dead nits are brown while hatched nits are clear.

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How long do you wait between lice treatments?

Many lice medicines recommend a second treatment in 9 to 10 days. This will kill any new nymphs that have hatched since the first treatment. Do not treat a person more than 2 times with the same medicine without talking to your doctor. Do not use conditioner for 10 days after any treatment.

Does conditioner suffocate head lice?

The conditioner does not kill lice but stuns them for about 20 minutes enabling easier removal. The long toothed metal comb will remove nits and the stunned head lice.

Do you need to wash bedding if you have head lice?

Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person used or wore during the previous 2 days using a hot water laundry cycle and high heat drying cycle. Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Do you have to wash bedding everyday with lice?

2. There’s no need to wash your child’s bedding every day. Wash the pillowcase, but the comforter/blanket, sheets, and stuffed animals and other lovies can simply go in the dryer on high for 20 minutes. As for the bottom sheet, you don’t even need to remove it from the bed.

Can head lice live on pillows and sheets?

Head lice cannot live for long on pillows or sheets. It is possible for a live louse that has come off a person’s head to crawl onto another human host who also puts their head on the same pillows or sheets.

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