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5 ways to tackle head lice, head on

Head lice, though not harmful, are a potential health nuisance to every child. In fact, lice are often more contagious than the common cold. Dr. Latoya Woods, family medicine physician with Nashville Medical Group at Saint Thomas Hospital, has five steps to tackling head lice, head on: 

  1. Upon finding lice, contact your doctor for the best prescribed or over-the-counter lice medication and follow application directions accordingly. 
  2. Machine wash and dry all clothing, bed linens, towels, etc. that have contacted the infested person using hot water and hot drier.
  3. Vacuum beds, sofas, stuffed animals and any other items that cannot be machine washed and dried. Smaller items may be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks.
  4. Soak combs and brushes in rubbing alcohol or disinfectant, then place in a bag in the freezer for two days.
  5. Conduct a weekly family head check every few days for two weeks to stay ahead of the prevention curve.     

For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Woods, please visit or call 615.222.1222.

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