Lice will not go away without treatment. If the initial treatment does not kill all of
the eggs (nits), a follow-up treatment may be required 7 to 10 days later to
kill the newly hatched
lice. Itching may last for 7 to 10 days even after
After treatment, dead eggs may remain in the
person's hair until they are removed. Some schools have a policy of not
allowing children to return to school until they are free of eggs.
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If your child has lice, report it to your child's day care provider or
school so that other children can be checked.
Some children and parents think about or feel lice crawling even after the lice problem is gone. If you or your child feels like symptoms are lasting or feels troubled after the lice problem is gone, talk to your doctor.
Frequent scratching can cause mild
complications such as skin infections. In severe cases, hair may fall out. Some
people may develop thickened, darkened skin in areas that are infested with
lice over a long period.