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How to Treat and Remove Lice

How To Treat And Remove Lice

When you read the title “How to treat and remove lice” does your scalp itch? Lice infestation is a problem that just about every family has had to deal with or will deal with at some stage in the future. Although it’s not something you would want to deal with out of choice, there are a number of methods that you can employ to get rid lice that have infested your own head or that of a family member. This article addresses natural ways to deal with lice.

So, What Are Lice?

We all heard about them, but few people have actually seen them, which is not surprising since they are tiny insects.

How to treat and remove lice

Lice feed off of blood, which they access through biting your scalp and the itching is a result of their bite. Unfortunately, given the chance, they will jump from host to host quite easily, which means that if one member of your family is exposed, it’s likely that the rest of you also have lice. Similarly, if a student in your child’s class has lice, there is a great likelihood that your child has lice too.
Fortunately, Lice aren’t dangerous for your health.

There is also a misconception that their presence is a sign of being dirty or unclean. This is false.
The primary drawbacks of having Lice are the discomfort, irritation and social stigma.
There are a number of chemical shampoos on the market designed to deal with Lice infestation. These shampoos typically contain a chemical called Pyrethrin. This treatment is effective, but for those of you with sensitive skin or who are not comfortable with applying harsh chemicals to their scalps or their child’s scalp, I have listed a few natural alternative treatments worth trying.

Spotting a Lice Infestation

The first step, before dealing with the lice problem, is identifying whether you or your child does, in fact, have Lice and whether there is a lice infestation. Although itching is often associated with Lice, it can be a result of dandruff or dry skin and sometimes people have mistaken the dry skin flakes for dead lice. For this reason, it’s a good idea to first find live Lice, to confirm that this is the cause of the itching, as opposed to a full-on Lice infestation.

The most effective way to do this is to purchase a Lice comb. Next, wet your child’s hair, and comb through it thoroughly with the comb. If, after combing through all the hair, you fail to see any lice, it’s possible that there are no Lice and Lice is not your problem. On the other hand, even if you find just one louse, there are probably more and you have Lice. If this is the case, you will need to understand how to treat and remove the lice.

How to use Natural Methods in the Treatment and Removal of Lice

If you are serious about following these steps on how to treat and remove lice, you will need to be careful and disciplined to ensure success:

  1. The first, most effective and most basic step is to start with the removal of the lice. Merely comb through the victim’s wet hair with a Lice Comb. This process should be performed on alternate days for at least three weeks to ensure that all Lice and Lice eggs have been removed.
  2. Although a deep-clean of your home is not necessary, regularly wash any pillowcases and bedding with a good detergent and warm water. Since Lice can only live for two days without a host, this process will ensure that any surviving Lice are exterminated over time.
  3. As an extra measure in the removal and treatment of Lice, you could consider the use of essential oils, which has the effect of slowing down the Lice and making them easier to remove. As a precaution, prior to applying any essential oils to your or your child’s scalp, I would recommend applying a small spot of the oil, to the back of your hand or your child’s hand (as the case may be), as a test. Wait 20-30 minutes to see if there is a reaction in order to ensure that there is no allergy to the oil.
    1. Of the Essential Oil options to use against Lice, Tea tree and Lavender are the most popular. They have a good reputation of producing little or no virtually no side effects.
    2. An easy and effective anti-lice solution is created by mixing several droplets of either essential oil in a spray bottle filled with olive oil. Shake the spray bottle vigorously and then spray on your child’s wet hair before preforming a thorough comb-through as described above.

 

Lice Comb
Typical Lice Comb

Prevention of Lice

Since Lice are tiny and easily jump to new hosts, jump it’s almost impossible to prevent a head lice infestation. I would suggest a once-monthly program of comb-through, as a precaution and early detection system to spot a Lice infestation early.

Wrap Up

Although dealing with head-lice can be embarrassing, it’s probably one the least dangerous of pests and it’s important to remember that just about every family that lives in a community has to deal with it and no reflection of you or your family’s lack of cleanliness. Fortunately, it’s not a major health concern and there are effective ways to deal with the problem.

Sven Welsh

What started out as an intention to economically protect my family and property from the ravages (and some dangers) of pests, has turned into a quest to share my research and findings with others.
Despite the cost and potential dangers of some eradication techniques, there are cost-effective and ethical ways of dealing with pests.
Knowledge is power.

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