By: Terry Graedon July 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Can You Kill Lice with Skin Cleanser?

    Lice are a source of tremendous frustration for families around the country (and even around the world). These parasitic insects that live by sucking human blood were not a big problem in most parts o…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Treat Lice with Old-Fashioned Listerine

    Lice are a vexing problem. Even though they are not dangerous, they are disgusting. Parents often find it difficult to treat lice adequately so that kids can return to school promptly and not spread …

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Kill Head Lice Without Frustration

    Back to school time sometimes means the frustration of dealing with head lice. Many parents find this is an exhausting and distressing undertaking. Why Don't OTC Treatments Kill Head Lice? A comprehen…

    By: Terry Graedon May 30, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Have Your Kids Avoid Lice at Camp

    Lice do not take summer vacations. Instead, these parasites are active all year round. They even find extra opportunities to spread from child to child when kids from different communities come toget…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Get Rid of Lice with Listerine

    Parents dread the call from school that they must pick up their child now because the youngster has lice. At that point, the question of how to get rid of lice suddenly becomes urgent. There are over-…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2015 9 Comments
    How to Get Rid of Persistent Lice

    The difficulty of getting rid of lice has been a problem for parents and grandparents for a few decades. Part of the trouble is that lice evolve resistance to the pesticides that are used to attack th…

    By: Joe Graedon July 13, 2015 12 Comments
    How to Treat Head Lice Without Lindane

    We are enthusiastic about many home remedies that have been around for decades. But just because a compound has a long history doesn't make it safe. This is especially clear when it comes to pesticid…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 2 Comments
    Lindane Lice Shampoo May Cause Cancer

    The insecticide lindane has been marketed as a lice shampoo for decades. Dermatologists assumed that it was not absorbed into the body and was safe for children. Lindane Lice Shampoo as Carcinogen: A …

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2014 1 Comments
    Shampoo-Resistant Lice Succumb to Listerine

    Q. I have two daughters, ages 6 and 11. My oldest daughter brought home head lice and it was a nightmare. Over-the-counter lice shampoos did nothing. This went on for six months until my mother-in-law…

    By: Terry Graedon June 9, 2014 8 Comments
    Grandmother Is Desperate for Effective Lice Trea…

    Q. My grandchildren started scratching their heads several weeks ago. Upon careful examination, we discovered they had lice. Their parents have been diligent in using lice shampoo, combing out nits an…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2013 2 Comments
    Dealing with the Dreaded Call: Your Child Has Li…

    Now that kids are back in school, some parents are getting the dreaded phone call. When kids start scratching their heads and lice are detected, parents are called to come get their children, take the…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2013 2 Comments
    Electronic Comb Electrocutes Lice

    Q. About ten years ago our daughter did her practice teaching in an elementary school and got head lice. We tried all the treatments, but the lice kept coming back. She finally found an electronic com…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2013 1 Comments
    Avoiding Lice at Summer Camp

    Q. My kids love summer camp but last year they came home with lice. We tried three different lice shampoos and special rinses with limited success. It took us months of treating and retreating to get …

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2013 5 Comments
    Killing Lice by Smothering Them

    Q. My daughter had head lice several times when she was very young and her hair was long. The lice shampoos did not work at all. Finally we used mayonnaise in her hair. We applied it from the scalp to…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2013 4 Comments
    Insecticides vs. Home Remedies for Lice

    The very word makes your skin crawl. Even though dermatologists reassure us that lice do not pose a serious health risk, dealing with an infestation can be traumatic. Hygiene has nothing to do with li…

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2013 9 Comments
    Natural Alternatives for Treating Lice

    Q. Friends have called in a panic about treating lice. Their six-year-old daughter brought them home from school. When I was a girl my parents used kerosene, but I hated it. These folks are reluctant …

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2012 1 Comments
    New Treatment for Lice

    Over the last few decades parents have had increasing difficulty getting rid of lice infestations in their children's hair. The parasites have developed resistance to many of the chemicals that have l…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2012 13 Comments
    Treating Lice Without Pesticides

    Q. Two years ago my entire family had a severe case of head lice, including my 4-year-old daughter, 6- and 10-year-old sons and my wife. (I was spared.) We settled on the Cetaphil method. It worked 10…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2012 8 Comments
    Shocking Pink (Neon) Nits Easier to Locate &…

    Q. I am going crazy looking for nits. My eight-year-old daughter caught lice at summer day camp and we are having an awful time getting rid of them. The camp has a no-nit policy, which means I have to…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2012 7 Comments
    Listerine Conquers Lice

    Q. I feel like crying for joy when yesterday I was just ready to cry. After battling lice for weeks I was almost ready to take a razor to the long brown locks that have taken me three years to grow. T…

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2011 26 Comments
    Getting Rid of Lice

    Q. My four-year-old daughter came home about two months ago with lice. My 8-year-old son caught them from her. I just shaved his head and that took care of the problem for him. But her hair is very lo…

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2011 15 Comments
    Home Remedies for Lice

    Q. I am a 12-year-old girl with VERY thick hair. I've gotten lice every year since second or third grade. This year I've had them four times! I have lice now and I'm tired of it. I am scared someone w…

    By: Joe Graedon February 21, 2011 62 Comments
    Listerine Kills Lice

    Over the last couple of decades lice have become resistant to some of the most common treatments. This spells frustrations for parents. There is a new prescription product called Ulesfia Lotion (benzy…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2010 9 Comments
    Listerine Worked to Kill Lice

    Q. My daughter ended up with lice several weeks ago. She most likely picked them up from one of the girls at a sleepover. We treated her with lice shampoo twice, and did every-other-day comb-outs. I a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2010 9 Comments
    Getting Rid of Gooey Lice Remedy

    Desperate parents are willing to try almost anything to rid their children of lice. Lice shampoo and nit combs are staples of the school year, but unfortunately in the past decade or so, lice have dev…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2010 12 Comments
    Lice Remedy Causes Trouble Again

    Q. What a nightmare! I used the Vaseline treatment to get rid of lice. It seems to have worked, but I have tried all of the suggestions to get the petroleum jelly out of my kids' hair and it is not co…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2009 7 Comments
    Lice Advice Provokes Rebuke

    Just think about the word lice for a minute or two and the chances are good your head will start to itch. Mention the word in polite company and some people will start to move away from you. When look…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2009 11 Comments
    Teacher Suggests Strategies Against Lice

    Q. I teach elementary school and lice are an ongoing frustrating problem. Many low-income families struggle with the high cost of treatments, which often are not effective. I have two suggestions that…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2009 17 Comments
    Mother Desperate for New Lice Treatment

    Q. My kids and I have a major problem with lice. We have spent lots of time and money fighting them, but it doesn't seem to be doing any good. Nix and Rid (at $10 an ounce) are supposed to kill lice, …

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2009 1 Comments
    Listerine Conquers Lice

    Q. When my kids came home with lice, I spent a lot of money buying lice shampoos. We tried the mayonnaise treatment too. I scrubbed the house, cleaned the carpets, boiled the combs and hairbrushes and…

    By: Joe Graedon April 13, 2009 7 Comments
    Wash Those Lice Right Out of Your Hair!

    Q. We are lice-free at last with Listerine, alcohol, vinegar and Denorex! We sprayed four heads every night with Listerine before bed, then combed and combed every inch with a nit comb. The lice were …

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2008 1 Comments
    Listerine to Fight Lice

    Q. Here in Hawaii, we call head lice "Ukus." We've had quite a problem with them this year and I have found the medication costly and ineffective. I'm glad you wrote about Listerine, because I never w…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2008 0 Comments
    Unique Ways to Get Rid of Head Lice

    Pediatrician Alan Greene dicusses some unique ways to treat head lice without using harsh pesticides.…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2008 32 Comments
    Coconut Oil For Getting Rid Of Lice

    Q. I am a kindergarten teacher and on occasion pick up lice from my students. The best home remedy I've ever used to kill lice and easily remove nits is coconut oil. I completely saturate my hair with…

    By: Joe Graedon February 26, 2008 3 Comments
    Home Remedies For Getting Rid Of Pesky Lice

    Q. Our grandchild has had a bout with lice picked up in her first grade class. Her mother has purchased lice shampoo and all the stuff to spray but the lice keep returning. That is despite washing all…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2007 21 Comments
    Cetaphil For Head Lice

    Q. Is there a safe and easy improvement on the method of removing head lice? My wife is a kindergarten teacher and this annual ritual is wearing us both out. Her students bring lice from home, and the…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2007 129 Comments
    Listerine Used to Fight Head Lice

    Q. Both of my boys were sent home from school with head lice. The checklist given to me by the school nurse said that in order for them to return to school, I must treat their scalps with an insectici…

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2007 1 Comments
    Kill Lice by Shrink-Wrapping the Scalp

    Q. I heard a radio program about an over the counter product that can be put on the hair then dried with a hair dryer. The result is a sort of shrink wrap effect that kills head lice. Do you know what…

    By: Terry Graedon April 10, 2006 0 Comments
    Shrink-Wrap Lice with Cleanser and Blow-Dryer

    Q. My daughter was diagnosed with head lice on Thursday. We used the lice shampoo, cleaned the whole house and continue to see nits in her hair as my wife combs it. How will we know that the lice and …

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2005 267 Comments
    Listerine for Lice

    We have heard from several readers that Listerine can be helpful in preventing lice infestations. We recently received this testimonial from a reader about using Listerine for Lice: "The best way to p…