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6 Mistakes People Make When Treating Head Lice

Take Steps to Avoid Reinfestation

Treating head lice is a tricky job. If you don't follow through on all the steps, the tiny parasites will come back. It helps to know about common mistakes that people make. That way you can treat head lice the right way the first time.

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