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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Head Lice (Pediculosis)

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: December 2001
Last Revision Date: April 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What are head lice?

What causes head lice?

Who can get head lice?

What are the symptoms of head lice?

Is head lice contagious?

How is lice treated?
Lice can be treated by combing or with medicated shampoos. Only use treatment if you are sure the person has lice. Don't treat others "just in case." If your child is under 2 years old, call the doctor. Older children can be treated at home without seeing a doctor.

Combing

Medicated Shampoos

How long does head lice last?

Can I prevent it?

When should I call the doctor?

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