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Bedbugs, Scabies and Head Lice - Oh My!
Date:3/4/2010

n the affected areas. Dr. Yan noted that close examination of the hair and scalp will show evidence of the egg casings (or nits) attached to the hair shafts, as well as live lice. The nits hatch within seven to 10 days and live about 30 days, during which they reproduce to spread the infestation.

Traditional treatments for head lice include the over-the-counter topical treatments permethrin and synthetic pyrethroids. However, Dr. Yan pointed out that resistance to standard pyrethroid treatments has become widespread and is well documented in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and the Czech Republic. In addition, one study found that patients using the standard instructions for both permethrin and synthetic pyrethroids – in which patients are instructed to leave the products on the hair for 10 minutes and then wash it out – only killed 5 to 7 percent of head lice.

To help children avoid lice, they should not share combs, brushes, hats, barrettes or any other personal care items with anyone else, regardless of whether they have lice or not. Also, it's important to examine everyone in the household when there is a case of head lice, just to be sure that the bugs have not been transmitted.

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