Head Lice Treatments

These are some special treatments to protect on lice you may enjoy reading.

  • Different Skin type’s : Different skin is allergic to different type of chemicals so if you are planning to use medications, please follow the instructions carefully.
  • Be careful while applying the medications make sure it doesn’t contact your eyes and nose, if you feel any kind of allergic contact your physician immediately.
  • Use dry towel or wash the lice infested areas before medications like lice shampoo, read the instructions carefully before apply it, drench carefully pubic hair, scalp or other lice infested areas.
  • Time is important, keep the medications till mentioned time frame, Do not wash it before the prescribed time frame.
  • Nits are attached to the hair, they can be remove easily by comb or fingernails.
  • Wash towel, bed sheets and other clothes that could have been infested, wash in hot water using soap to prevent further infestation.
  • Store other garments and items that cannot be washed or cleaned , keep it away from the host for at least weeks as lice takes two weeks to die without any host.
  •  Public lice can be transferred by having sex, inform the person about the problem if you had sex within 30 days with him/her.
  • If you detect lice on sensitive parts like eyebrows use hand or comb to remove that avoid using any medications on sensitive parts..
  • Person hygiene and Home remdies are the best method of preventing lice.

Head Lice Habitat

Head lice
The head lice are normally like both clean and dirty hair.Head lice are the common type, which are holding tightly onto hair. They infest the head and neck .Adult lice stick their eggs to the hair shaft. They move by crawling and cannot fly or jump. Lice are a general problem, especially for kid’s ages 3-12 years. It is more often among girls than boys. Lice are not hazardous and never spread diseases. But, lice are infectious and just can be complete irritating. Child’s scalp to become itchy and red-looking by their bites .It can be lead to skin irritation and even bacterial infection. Therefore, it is good to treat for head lice speedily once the identification is made. Because, only young or adult  lice can be spread easily from person to person and direct head to head contact with a person who already has head lice. As well as, lice can easily travel from child to child. Electrostatic charge from combing dry hair may fling head lice up to 1 meter. The human lice never transmission by dogs, cats and other pets.
Although the irritation and frustration that go together with a head lice infestation. Many of us take some quiet that lice only like to nest in clean hair. But do they?
That head lice neither prefer to live in clean hair, nor is there many researchers suggested lice prefer dirty hair. According to the many researchers ideas, have found those;

  1. Head lice infestations are two to four times more common in girls’ long hair.
  2. They spread through head to  head contact (they spread through childcare centers, schools and families)
  3. Head lice cannot survive for too long off the head without host

But, there are a various kind of reasons, why they are difficult to treat.

  1. Head lice can be resistant to many insecticides which are designed to kill them.
  2. No any single product kills the lice and their nits at once.
  3. Toxic chemicals never apply on their heads or  child’s head by even infected people also
  4. Time wasting to comb hair in many times by tooth comb

There is no silver bullet for keeping hair clean, not washing hair or zapping head lice with a product. But, applying conditioner to shock the suckers while you comb them out is a good place to start than staying to new product reaching us.
Lice never like to alcohol mix sprays, such like hair sprays, applying dyes. They are gone away for those alcohols.
Head lice have a bit of real medical shock. Their feeding activity disturbs the scalp, which causes powerful itching. They don’t transmit any disease organisms, but a secondary infection may affect if the skin is broken by continuous scratching. The most observable impact of head lice is the personal humiliation linked with being known publicly as having lice.

Detecting head lice

There is the most effective way of detecting head lice. Conditioner and combing is the perfect and suitable technique for detection.

  • Straighten out dry hair with an ordinary comb.
  • Apply the hair conditioner to dry hair. The conditioner works by dazzling the lice and this happens best when the conditioner is thick. Cover the whole scalp properly with enough conditioner and all hair from the roots to tips.
  • Use an ordinary comb to evenly distribute conditioner, also divide the hairs into three or more sections using hair clips. You can use a mirror if you are combing yourself.
  • Change to a teeth comb.
  • Start with a section from the back of the head. Place the teeth of the comb flat against the scalp
  • Comb from the roots through to the tips.
  • Each section should be combed twice until the whole head is combed. When the comb becomes clogged, an old toothbrush, dental floss or a safety pin can be used to remove the head lice/eggs.
  • If you find head lice or eggs, decide on a treatment option.
  • If your choice is the conditioner and combing as a treatment, continuously comb entire head until all the hair conditioner is gone.
  •  Repeat the conditioner and combing technique every 2 days till the time you find no more live head lice for approximately 10 following days. By doing so, you can remove all the adult lice and also any young lice that hatch from the eggs.
  • Comb from beginning to end to spread evenly. Comb several times if hair is long.
  • Leave product in the hair for the time recommended by the manufacturer.

There are an effective ways of treating head lice. So, treatment options are there. It is necessary to check for correctness after each application of a chemical product. Some head lice are resistant to some chemical products.

  • Use only chemicals planned to treat head lice.
  • Apply chemical only if you actually find head lice.
  • Cover the child’s eyes.
  • Apply product to dry hair.
  • Apply product carefully to scalp and all hair from roots to tips.
  • Comb from beginning to end to spread evenly. Comb several times if hair is long.
  • Leave product in the hair for the time recommended by the manufacturer.

If the product you have used is effective, all the lice are dead. Then, use the same product every 7 days (maximum 3-4 times) to kill the lice hatching from the eggs. So, now you can use conditioner and combing technique to detect lice. If lice are found, apply product again.
The treatment product that you have used is ineffective, if some lice run around or sign their legs and antenna. You will need to choose a product with a variant active ingredient. Show the doctor your head lice record and ask for advice on choosing another treatment for head lice.
If the lice are in your eyelashes or eyebrows, you need to remove them carefully with your fingers. Sometimes, medicine that is safe for the eyes can be used.
After therapy with anti-lice medicine, the dead nits may still be on the hairs. All of them must be removed. Otherwise, if you observe nits several days post your treatment; you would not know if these are old dead nits or a new contamination. Use a nice fine-teeth comb, or fingers to remove the dead nits.
After the curing the hair and skin, the treatment of your environment, is equally important. All clothes, bed-sheets and towels must be washed properly. At times people are suggested to purchase a special lice insecticide spray for furniture. Although, careful vacuuming may be sufficient in major amount of cases.

What Is Lice?

 

What Is Lice? (Singular : Louse)

  • Lice are parasites that lives on the skin(specially hair) of human.
  • Humans are the only known hosts of this specific parasite ( there are other types of parasites, that are found on other mamals and birds)
  • Lice have piercing mouthparts and they are found only on mammals (order Anoplura, or Siphunculata).
  • Lice have six legs boasting claws
  • Lice are wingless
  • Lice feeds on small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. lice are a very common problem, especially for kids ages 3 years to 12 years
  • Lice can spread easily from person to person.
  • Lice causes itchy scalp; persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.

head lice are harmless. body lice are vectors of some diseases like sexually transmitted diseases but head lice are not the vectors of any diseases, and it has even been recommended that head lice are actually beneficial in helping to promote a natural immune response against lice which helps humans in defense against the far more dangerous body louse, which is capable of transmission of a number of dangerous diseases.

Lice Symptoms

  • Itchy Scalp in case of head lice
  • Head lice cause a tickling feeling of something moving in the hair
  • lice can be seen by the naked eye
  • Presence of lice eggs (lice eggs are called nits)
  • Small, red bumps or sores on scalp form due to scractching

Lice eggs (called nits) Nits are tan to coffee-colored so long as they contain an embryo but appear white after hatching, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch.Egg-laying behavior of a louse is temperature dependent and likely seeks to place the egg in a location that will be conducive to proper embyro development, Nits look more like dandruff stick on hairs even after they hatch, until they are physically removed by the host. Lice eggs hatch within 1 to 2 weeks after they’re laid. The term nit refers to:

  • either a louse egg
  • Viable eggs that will eventually hatch
  • bits and pieces of already-hatched eggs
  • Dead eggs that will never hatch

Head Lice Treatment

Home Remedies for Head Lice Treatment

    • 2 tablespoons Tea Tree Oil
      6 ounces Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (Dawn ONLY)
      2 ounces white vinegar
      Mix the three ingredients in a large squeeze bottle. Use as regular shampoo, leave on for about 5 minutes before rinsing. Use conditioner to soften hair and keep dandruff down. Tea Tree Oil may cause some dandruff, but the bugs will be gone. May use every day, and bugs are usually gone within a week. Be VERY CAREFULL not to get in eyes or mouth.
    • water (4 ounces)
      salt (1 Tablespoon)
      Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Peppermint Castile LIQUID soap (4 ounces)
      Paul Mitchell’s tea tree Shampoo (4 Tablespoons)
      Vinegar (1 Tablespoon)
      Dish soap (like Dawn) – (1 Tablespoon)
      Oregano Oil (16 drops – no more than this as it can have a hot/burning sensation – just 16 drops)
      Mix 4 ounces of warm water with 1 tablespoon salt until salt is totally dissoved. This is very important step as otherwise salt will not dissolve properly in shampoo, and it is needed to dehydrate lice and nits.
    • Going bald or getting brief hair tends to make it simpler to remove the lice, this is the easiest lice home remedies.
  • Neem Treatment ( neem oil ) : Neem is a traditional Indian medicine, the neem tree is of great importance for its anti-desertification properties and possibly as a good carbon dioxide sink. neem oil are considered as good medicine for the treatment of lice
  • Removing By Hand: The naked eye can see lice and nits hence they are easy to remove and is recomended for the kids below 6 years. Wet your child’s hair because it temporarily immobilizes the lice and the conditioner makes it easier to get a comb through the hair.

 

Other Remedies For Head Lice Treatment

You can use medicated shampoo, cream rinse, or lotion to kill the lice but these products are not recomended as these medicines may have side effects.
We advice you to follow the instructions properly while using these products because they contain insecticides. Applying too much medication or using it too frequently; can cause harm to your hair or even the skin. Follow the instructions on the product label to ensure that the treatment works properly.

How to get Rid of lice?

Preventing Lice

  • Avoid sharing personal articles such as combs, clothes and towels,hats
  • Keep examining your child’s hair for nits and lice
  • Examine all family memebers since lice are contagious,i.e if one have everyone in the family might get it.
  • Thoroughly cleaning of your bed spread as all members of your family would be utilizing it.
  • Wash your hair and dresses as soon as you’ve stopped by the beauty parlor
  • Utilize your regular shampoo with three tea spoon of olive oil, one tea spoon of tea tree oil and one tea spoon of eucalyptus oil. Let this on your hair for half-hour tightly covered after which rinse it.
  • Always use your own sleeping bag and pillow when sleeping away from home.
  • Vacuuming the carpets, upholstery, and car seats will take care of any lice that fell of

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Avoid personal Contact with the infested person like : touching hairs, using towels etc..
  • Do not use a hair dryer on your hair after washing with the medicated shampoo, lotion, or cream because they can contain flammable ingredients.
  • Do not use medicated shampoo, lotion, or cream too freequently or too much
  • Consult to a doctor before using medicated shampoo, lotion, or cream as some of the package deals with issues other than head lice

Types Of Lice

Lice are tiny, wingless, egg layingparasitic insects. They can only survive on human body. They are very small, pinhead size parasitic, which are living among human hair and feeds on few amount of blood drawn from the scalp. That moment, we can feel a pain. But, it is not a healthy hazard. Lice have 6 legs with well-built claws. They are few types, which are living on human body. They are:

lice types

  • Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis)
  • Body lice (Pediculus humanus corporis)
  • Public lice (Pthirus pubis)

Among those, the head lice are a common problem, especially for kids’ ages 3-12 years. It is more often among girls than boys due to their length of hair. Lice are not hazardous and never spread diseases. But, lice are infectious and just can be complete irritating. Child’s scalp to become itchy and red-looking by their bites .It can be lead to skin irritation and even bacterial infection. Therefore, it is good to treat for head lice speedily once the identification is made. Because, only young or adult lice can be spread easily from person to person and direct head to head contact with a person who already has head lice. As well as, lice can easily travel from child to child. So, teenagers are facing to that due to their behavior of gang or team and always engaging to game with those teams. That kind of social acts can lead of quick spreading of lice. Lice are highly transmittable, especially in group settings (Schools, Childcare centers, Slumber parties, Sports activities and camps, etc.). They cannot fly or jump, those small parasites have distinctively adapted claws that let them to creep and fit tightly firmly to hair. Head lice mainly build up their camp through head to head contact, but sharingcombs, brushes, clothing, bed linens and hats also helps tomove them. Kids and teenagers are majorvictims to catchlice because they normally have close physical touch with each other and generally share personal stuff. Electrostatic charge from dry hair flings head lice up to 1 meter. The human lice never transmission by dogs, cats and other animals. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved treatments, both prescription drugs (in the form of shampoos, creams and lotions) and over the counter medications is existing for the treatment of head lice infestation. Lice can be seen into naked eye as small black pinheads, by thoroughly examine on child’s head .As well as, there are other kind of parts in their life cycle. They also can be seen by our naked eye. Not only lice, but also nits are giving terrible irritating condition from our heads. Nits means “Eggs of head lice”, which are lying by mated female lice. They can lay eggs in many times during her life cycle after mated once.

Head lice feeding on our scalp

The head lice feed by using their rough teeth to access scalp skin at the root of a hair or backside of the ears. Lice then insert their snout into a blood vessel, along with anticoagulants and feed much like a fly. So, that feeding style can be a starting place of irritation and will lead to the itching or scratching feature of the infestation. The lice can only manage to survive on human blood and require symbiotic bacteria to give back for nutritional defect in the blood food. Lice can have several blood dinners per day broken up by resting periods between feedings. Even though head lice are feeding on human blood, they don’tspread any microbiological disease agent. At the secondary point of the irritating, bacterial infections from scratching and the psychological “pain” of the infestations are the leader human health issuesconnected with head lice.

BODY LICE

Body lice
Body lice are another kind of lice, which are living on human being. They are called as “Cloth lice” also. Body lice are living and laying eggs on clothes and move to the skin only to feed. They have an ability to spread diseases. Pediculosis is the body lice infestation, which is spreading often by close person to person contact. But, that is not in common. It may be depends on the situation of that crowd living. If they are living under conditions of crowding and poor hygiene. Body lice are also never transmitting via dogs, cats and other pets. The body lice infestations can be control by improving hygiene and accessing to normal changes of clean clothes on human. At that point of my view, teenagers are paying their attention on other things than their personal hygiene. Not at all, but most youngest children are there. Always, they try to improve their external body appearance without any attention of their internal healthy. They are doing many artificial things to their body to shine in well appearance on society. But youngest are rare, which are paying more attention to their internal shining. However, these unfortunate habits will lead them to infection conditions of many in social.

Pubic Lice

Crab
But, people have public lice normally grievance are experienced. They have been given nick name as “crab public lice”. Public lice , like head and body lice , are parasitic insects which live in public or private parts of the human body. Pthirus pubis is the medical term of the public lice. This problem does not exist among one particular cultural group or area of the world
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Life cycle of public lice

Life cycle is running approximately 23 days from laying eggs to mature adults. They can live only a maximum of two days outside of the host due to the fact that they are parasites, feeding on hosts’ blood.

Life cycle of lice

They can be found not only public areas, but also the armpits, chest, in the beard or mustache, even rarely on the eyebrows and eyelashes.
There are three stages on complete life cycle of public lice. They are nit, nymph and adult.
Nits are the eggs of lice. They can be found firmly wrapped around the hair shaft of the affected area and hatched within at least 6 – 8 days. Nits like oval shape and normally yellow to white in color. They can alive for up to 14 days only, once removed from a host.
The baby louse is called as a nymph, while leading hatching. They mature about 7 days after hatching.  They must feed on human blood to continue their life. Nymphs molt three times before they become adults.p

Adult public lice cannot live even 2 days, without a host. Adult lice are tan to grayish white in color and ranges from 1-2 mm in size. Generally, the female louse larger than the male louse. She can lay up to 40 nits at a time or 30 – 90 nits in her life period.Adult crab lice live approximately 30 days while on the host.

Adult public lice on host

Adults and teenagers are most prone to these crab lice problems than children. But, if they can be found on children it could be a sign of child abuse or medication. Dirty toilet seat is not a source of pubic lice because they would have been bifurcated from the host and ended from lack of nourishment. So teenagers should pay more attention to their life partner’s health also. As a regular caution, individuals who are infected with public lice must glance for medical attention as they also are a conveyor for sexually transmitted diseases.

Their infections give redness, inflammation and itchiness in the genitals or public area. You can be visible lice or crowded lice; however, they never travel in great numbers. But, lack of those crawling lice could be a sign of a person is heavily affected by the nits or eggs before hatching. And also, it can be observed that they have a custom to attach themselves to one hair follicle and the speed in which they crawl is much slower than their mates, the body and head lice.

This can get worse during nighttime when lice becomes functioning and lay to rest their heads inside public hair follicles to feed on a person’s blood. At times, inflamed and discoloredness of the infested area can be a result of lice biting due to a reaction of protein in the saliva of the lice. As well as, small, red bumps or sores came from scratching. Continuous scratching and itching can make the area to become raw which leads to another bacterial infection. However, scratching can lead the public lice to spread. Your doctor may be identified that case at the beginning, he or she may treat the infection with an oral antibiotic.

Lice

Lice

Lice

Lice eggs (called nits). These look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch. Lice lay nits on hair shafts close to the scalp, where the temperature is perfect for keeping warm until they hatch. Nits look sort of like dandruff, only they can’t be removed by brushing or shaking them off.