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.
- 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?
- 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