How do I Use Lemon Juice to Kill Lice?

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How do I Use Lemon Juice to Kill Lice?
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Head lice are small parasitic insects that infest the scalp and hair. Six to 12 million children contract lice infestations each year, according to the FDA. Lemon juice may help kill lice.

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Head lice may cause scalp itching or irritation. The tiny white eggs of lice, called nits, are usually visible near the scalp. Head lice infestations occur most frequently in young children.

Lemon Juice Treatment

Lemon juice can eliminate a lice infestation, according to the Home Remedies website. Mix lemon juice with garlic paste and apply it to the scalp. Wait 30 minutes and then rinse with water.

Other Treatments

The FDA has approved several shampoos and creams for the treatment of lice. These treatments, often called pediculicides, are available over-the-counter and by prescription.


Washing bedding, hats and towels used by an infested person in hot water can help eliminate head lice. Always check other members of the family for lice if one person is infested.

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