Getting Rid of Head Lice


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What are head lice?
There are many different techniques for getting rid of head lice, depending on the severity of the problem. Treatments and remedies are plentiful, plus head lice are not a serious health concern so don't panic. It's important to first understand what head lice are, their life cycle, how they are caught and spread and ways that head lice can be prevented or controlled before looking at ways of getting rid of them. If you only 'think' you or your child has head lice, get confirmation before using any medicated solutions for getting rid of them. A detection comb (nit/lice comb), some disposable gloves, a bright light (such as a torch), a magnified glass, some hair conditioner and around 15-20 minutes should be all you need for a thorough head lice search. Signs may include live moving lice, small red bumps (from bites), eggs that look a lot like dandruff, itching, feeling the lice move on the head and in some cases, further skin infection through scratching.

Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are small parasitic insects which dwell on the human head. They range in colour from a translucent white to a dark brown/tan (usually depending on if they've just fed), have no wings, cannot jump or swim and use their six legs to crawl quickly through the scalp and to cling to hairs. Head lice feed on the blood of their host by piercing the skin (a bite) and cannot live for long away from a blood meal, so once removed from the hair they will not survive for very long. Getting rid of them, to avoid bites and itching should be done quickly. The life cycle of head lice has three stages: Egg/Nit, Nymph and Adult. The female adult will feed on blood and can lay around 8 eggs a day over a month. The eggs are commonly found stuck to the base of the hair strands (close to the scalp) with sticky saliva. After ten days the eggs/nits will hatch and Nymphs will crawl out but the eggs will remain stuck to the hair. Nymphs look like adult lice but just smaller and it takes a further ten days for them to moult (three times) before they reach adulthood. When looking for and getting rid of head lice, you should be targeting and getting rid of lice at each stage of their lifecycle.

Head lice are usually caught through close and prolonged head to head (bodily) contact with an infected person. As signs and symptoms vary between different people, some will not know that they have head lice and can therefore pass them on unknowingly. Getting rid of lice on another person will not cure your infestation, it will just spread the problem. Itching and red bumps may not appear for weeks before somebody realises they have head lice, so it makes it difficult to prevent outbreaks and epidemics - certainly in schools. Sharing of hair brushes, hats and other clothing may also help the spreading of head lice so this should be avoided if possible. Any one can catch head lice, no matter their age or gender however head lice are more common with children aged between 3 and 12 years of age, therefore a high percentage of families with young children will be affected by head lice at some stage. Head lice infest both clean and dirty hair, so those who have head lice are not necessarily unhygienic but stopping the spread is of the upmost importance. Getting rid of head lice is achievable with the correct methods and a bit of patience.

Getting Rid of Head Lice Eggs

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Getting Rid of Head Lice eggs
Getting rid of head lice can be achieved in different ways. It is always recommended that a metal lice comb is purchased, as these not only help detect lice but the fine closely-packed teeth help draw eggs/nits and lice out of the hair. The hair should be washed with a normal shampoo and towel dried so it's still a bit damp. Look at getting all of the tangles and knots out of the hair with a normal brush/comb before using your nit comb and some conditioner or oil should be applied to the hair to make it slippery. You could choose from one of many home remedy for head lice methods or treatments for head lice for help with getting rid of head lice. Treatments come in different strengths, some including insecticides and others being made from natural ingredients. It is suggested that younger children and pregnant women do not use the insecticide based products for getting rid of head lice as these contain harsh chemicals. It is also a good idea to stay away from others until the head lice have been treated. Remedies for getting rid of head lice may need to be repeated and if the lice in your area become resistant to certain chemicals, your health advisor will be able to confirm which treatment should be purchased for the best chances of getting rid of the head lice.



Getting Rid of Head Lice for good
Getting a regular check is one of the best forms of preventing the spread of head lice and getting rid of a few will be much easier than a large infestation. If everyone was to familiarise themselves with how to thoroughly check for head lice and to perform it at regular intervals throughout the year, outbreaks and epidemics could be reduced. Avoiding head to head contact and the sharing of combs/brushes and hats (or clothes) could help also, but getting treatment and targeting the source of the problem are key to stopping further spread. Everyone who has had exposure to an infected person should be checked and treated at the same time (certainly in a household), should any live lice be found. Getting rid of lice can be tiresome, but a whole range of treatments can be bought over the counter or prescribed by your local GP/Doctor. Otherwise there are many other remedies that can help with getting rid of head lice. For further information, visit our Getting Rid of Lice home page and click on some of the links.

Getting Rid of Head Lice in house
Thousands of people search to find out about different types of parasites and ways of getting rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, including this article on Getting Rid of Head Lice, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase lice related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by parasites and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be done quickly and if you have pubic-lice you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread or infect others.

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