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Can lice go away on its own?

My son was diagnosed with head lice. Can lice go away on its own?

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It usually takes a while for it to go away on its own. The treatment is fairly easy. The cream or shampoo only needs to be applied once.
Usually not - they are insects and they keep multiplying. If you can be extremely fastidious and pick all the nits from the head or even shave the hair off, the lice will have nothing to attach themselves to and picking the nits off removes all the eggs while one manually removes any live lice from the hair
Usually not. It can be spread to others. Sometimes dandruff can be mistaken for nits, the eggs of lice.