Precautions

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

To prevent reinfection or spreading of the infection to other people, good health habits are also required. These include the following:

  • For head lice
    • Machine wash all clothing (including hats, scarves, and coats), bedding, towels, and washcloths in very hot water and dry them by using the hot cycle of a dryer for at least 20 minutes. Clothing or bedding that cannot be washed should be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
    • Shampoo all wigs and hairpieces.
    • Wash all hairbrushes and combs in very hot soapy water (above 130 °F) for 5 to 10 minutes and do not share them with other people.
    • Clean the house or room by thoroughly vacuuming upholstered furniture, rugs, and floors.
  • For body lice
    • Machine wash all clothing, bedding, towels, and washcloths in very hot water and dry them by using the hot cycle of a dryer for at least 20 minutes. Clothing or bedding that cannot be washed should be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
    • Clean the house or room by thoroughly vacuuming upholstered furniture, rugs, and floors.
  • For pubic lice
    • Machine wash all clothing (especially underwear), bedding, towels, and washcloths in very hot water and dry them by using the hot cycle of a dryer for at least 20 minutes. Clothing or bedding that cannot be washed should be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
    • Scrub toilet seats frequently.