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Can vinegar kill head lice?

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According to the Minnesota Department of Health, a vinegar-water solution, although not scientifically validated, may help loosen and remove nits, which are the eggs of lice. However, this method does not kill head lice.

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The MDH states that using various over-the-counter products, such as specialized shampoos and creams that contain insecticides, is the best way to eliminate head lice. To prevent a second wave of lice from thriving, a secondary round of treatment about a week later is recommended to kill any newly hatched insects. Following each round of treatment, a specialized louse comb should be used in order to pick any remaining lice and nits.

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