Having head lice can be one of the most miserable experiences a person can go through. It causes you to have a terribly Itchy scalp, sometimes sores will develop, and other symptoms like bites can be present. Lice are parasitic insects that can be found on people’s heads, and bodies, including the pubic area. There are three different types of lice and each louse likes a different part of the body.
Where Lice Come From
The place I see lice originate and then spread is in schools. Any place such as this where kids gather, and play together, will be an excellent place for hair lice to spread. Anyone can get lice. African American, White, Mexican, kids, adults, babies (not the bald ones), horses, dogs, birds, Guinea pigs….oh sorry. I got a little out of control. My point is head lice do not discriminate. Once they get into hair, they lay eggs, which are called nits after the lice move out, and then spread. They almost seem like they can fly or jump because they move around so well, but head lice do not have wings so they cannot fly, and they can’t jump because they do not have knees. Head lice crawl very fast and require head to head contact for transmission. It is possible that because of the way young children play, head lice are seen more widely amongst primary school children than adolescents or adults.
Do Lice Like Clean or Dirty Hair
It doesn’t matter to Lice if your hair is clean or dirty. They are very tough little critters, and there are some very strong chemicals that barely get rid of them. Dirt and a little oil won’t faze them.
Head Lice Are Gross
An infection is not a life threatening health condition like other similar health conditions such ringworm, and scabies. Even though it won’t spread disease it is still something that everyone I know tries to avoid. Before I get into how to remove lice from your head, I want to tell you how to avoid lice all together. Being a school teacher puts me right in the middle of my worst nightmare when I hear one of my students has lice. Doing what I do I got to work researching, and I found some pretty good options. By the way I have to mention I have never gotten lice from any of my students. I guess the stuff I use works. My first choice for lice prevention is called Zippity Doo’s Leave-in Detangler. Spray it in, and off you go. Another product I swear by for your children’s hair is Zippity Doo’s Children’s Styling Gel. This stuff is a blessing!
Has my House Become Infested with Lice
You would think that lice like hair they would love carpet, and maybe clothes, hats, and your bed sheets, but head lice very rarely fall from the head and become a home infestation. They require blood to survive, and they must stay close to a source. Which, guess what, that happens to be you! These little, vampire like, lice have to eat (your blood) three to four times a day and without (your) blood, will die from dehydration in six hours in a dry climate, and 24 hours in a humid climate. An egg requires your body’s warmth to hatch and they is the reason why they lay their eggs so close to the scalp. The further away the eggs are laid from the scalp, the less likely they are to survive. So I guess we should hope for a lice mama with bad eye sight.
How to Get Rid of Lice
The process of getting rid of lice can take a lot of work, and patience. Killing 100% of the head lice or eggs can e a real challenge. It doesn’t matter what treatment you choose it will probably take a lot of time and persistence to get rid of these head lice. Also think about your child’s delicate skin when deciding on which treatment you want to try. Read the instructions carefully and proceed in a manner that will not risk the health of your child.
Does Lice Shield work
Coming soon. I’m going to try it, and I’ll let you know. While your waiting…I’m going to let you in on a secre. This is a home remedy that works very well, and is worth trying before you do anything else. Hair conditioner is a very cheap and effective way of finding head lice. It does not kill lice, but it does stun them for about 20 minutes, meaning they do not move around, and it is difficult for them to hang on. This gives you time to comb through the hair with a lice comb. It is important to check each family member, using conditioner and comb, for head lice but only treat those with live lice.
Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Lice
Another Natural thing to try to is Tea Tree Oil. It has been studied as a possible alternative to insecticides to kill bugs, which are frequently prescribed and used for treating lice.
Does Hair Dye Kill Lice
Some people are willing to try anything, and hair dye and bleach might kill adult and juvenile lice (nymphs) but I do not recommend them. It has been found that the chemicals in hair dye can be very toxic to lice. It will not kill the lice eggs (nits) because it is nearly impossible to penetrate the shells of the eggs. Removal of nits is usually done with a comb.
Vinegar Might Kill Nymphs But Not Lice
Some people claim that they had success using vinegar to kill or remove lice, but it has never been proven by professionals. They do say that it is possible to kill nymphs, which are young lice, because they are weaker than full size lice.
Does the Nix Electronic Lice Comb kill Lice
I always thought of an electric lice comb as one of those products that was just a gimmick, but really didn’t work. Overall the reviews are pretty mixed. I did find out though that it can be a very good tool in your arsenal. If it’s a really bad case then the Nix Electronic Lice Comb is definitely worth a try.
Will Lice Be Gone Kill Lice
Nix and RID are very harsh and not really good for use on kids, so after some research I found this product that is not a registered pesticide like the others but apparently works to damage the lice and its eggs so that they cannot live any longer. Many people swear by LiceBGone.
petroleum jelly (Vaseline®)
oil (e.g., vegetable, olive, or mineral)
Chemical and non-chemical Methods
With chemicals you treat and comb to remove the head lice and eggs; and repeat in seven days
Non-chemical methods use conditioner and comb to remove the head lice and eggs; and repeat every two days until no live lice have been found for 10 days.
Over-the-counter Medications for Lice
Many head lice medications are available “Over-the-counter” without a prescription at a local drug store or pharmacy. Each Over-the-counter product approved by the FDA for the treatment of head lice contains one of the following active ingredients. If crawling lice are still seen, after a full course of treatment contact, your health care provider.
Pyrethrinscombined with piperonyl butoxide;
Brand name products: A–200*, Pronto*, R&C*, Rid*, Triple X*.
Pyrethrins are naturally occurring pyrethroid extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethrins are safe and effective when used as directed. Pyrethrins can only kill live lice, not unhatched eggs (nits). A second treatment is recommended 9 to 10 days after the first treatment to kill any newly hatched lice before they can produce new eggs. Pyrethrins generally should not be used by persons who are allergic to chrysanthemums or ragweed. Pyrethrin is approved for use on children 2 years of age and older.
Permethrin lotion, 1%;
Brand name product: Nix*.
Permethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid similar to naturally occurring pyrethrins. Permethrin lotion 1% is approved by the FDA for the treatment of head lice. Permethrin is safe and effective when used as directed. Permethrin kills live lice but not unhatched eggs. Permethrin may continue to kill newly hatched lice for several days after treatment. A second treatment often is necessary on day 9 to kill any newly hatched lice before they can produce new eggs. Permethrin is approved for use on children 2 months of age and older.
Over time, head lice do develop some resistance to the chemicals in these medications. It is important to check if a treatment you used worked, and if it hasn’t, treat again with another product that has a different chemical in it. I’ve been asked if pool chlorine will kill lice, and unfortunately it will not. That would be a fun way to take care of a bunch of kids all at once!
Head lice eggs have a six to seven day Incubation period before they’ll hatch. And no matter how hard you try it will be easy to miss an egg or two. It is a good idea to treat again in seven days to kill and comb out any lice that have since hatched from eggs, which may have been missed.Combs and brushes can be soaked for 1 hour in rubbing alcohol, Lysol, or wash with soap and hot (130°F) water.
Important Note: If the head lice are back in a week’s time it probably not because of re infection. If the eggs were not killed, or were not completely removed during the original treatment there is a good chance that they will hatch and the lifecycle will occur all over again. To break this lifecycle you must re-treat (regardless of treatment method) seven days after the first treatment and continue with weekly checking.
Combing out or through the hair with conditioner every week is the best way to see the signs and detect head lice early and minimize the problem.
Tie back the hair. This can also help prevent the spread.
Instead of placing the blame on other parents for not doing their part, help each other and work together.
If Natural or non-chemical treatments work you may need to go to a doctor and get a prescription strength medication.
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