How to Treat Lice


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There are lots of ways to treat lice and no matter what type of louse requires treating, you will find relevant methods and remedies on line and throughout this website. There are over 3000 different species of louse within the Phthiraptera Order, which are split into two Suborders, Anoplura (sucking louse) and Mallophaga (chewing louse). To treat and learn more about particular types of louse, click back to our homepage for lots more information and pictures! There are three types of louse that affect humans and these are the head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis), body louse (Pediculus humanus corporis) and the pubic louse (Phthirus pubis). These links will take you to the relevant pages but below we list some of the more popular ways to treat these three types of louse.

How to treat lice
Before you look to treat lice, it's worth also understanding what they are, how they're caught, what diseases they can transmit and how you can prevent them in the future. The type that affect humans are wingless ectoparasite insects that feed on the blood, skin, debris and sebaceous secretions of another host. They have three pairs of legs, are unable to fly or hop/jump and are generally moved from one person to another via close bodily contact, or by the sharing of clothes, laundry, hats, brushes and combs. The colour of lice can vary from grey to dark reddish brown, they are generally less than 2 mm in size and they have 3 stages to their lifecycle - egg, nymph and adult. All three stages must be targeted when you look to kill them. If you are dealing with head or pubic lice, there is less chance of further illness, however the body louse can transmit 3 diseases: Borrelia recurrentis (agent of relapsing fever), Rickettsia prowazekii (agent of epidemic typhus) and Bartonella Quintana (agent of trench fever).

How do you treat lice?
If you are happy to pay for an over the counter product to treat your louse problem, then there are many to choose from. Your doctor will be able to advise which one is best, as some types of louse can become immune to certain chemicals over time - and you'll want the one that works first time. There are shampoos, creams, sprays, lotions, liquids and combs to help you succeed. You local drug store or pharmacy will have options, so why not pay them a visit and see what advice you can find. Another option is to treat lice by going straight to the doctor and trying to get a stronger medicated product prescribed - this is normally only necessary if you have tried other products or remedies and they have failed to work. If your louse infestation is severe, visit your doctor.

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Home Remedies to Treat Lice
If you are against using chemicals or insecticides on your body, then there are plenty of products that contain natural ingredients, or there's the option of making homemade remedies yourself. An on-line search or clicking on the ads here will provide you with examples of good products to treat lice, otherwise you could try to use ingredients at home, such as mayonnaise, olive oil, shaving foam, Listerine mouthwash, white vinegar, tea tree shampoo and a whole host of essential oils (tea-tree, eucalyptus, citronella, almond, rosemary, ginger, geranium, lavender, coconut, lemongrass, chamomile, sage, aniseed, peppermint, thyme and pennyroyal). All of these are contained in different remedies/recipes that may help you treat lice. As each of us reacts differently to certain chemicals/insecticides/essential oils, ensure you understand what is in a product before you apply them. If you have an allergic reaction, visit your doctor.



How to treat for lice
Not all lice are the same, so the best way to deal them will differ depending on the species. There are head, wood, book, cat, sea lice and many others - but you will not treat head lice the same way you would treat book lice. Therefore it will be better to visit these pages individually by navigating back to our homepage and clicking on the relevant links. The best way to prevent lice is to learn about them, avoid scenarios where they can be caught, maintain personal hygiene and regularly wash all bedding and clothing. Nothing can guarantee you to prevent lice 100% (not even repellents) but if you don't share hats, don't put your head near others that may be affected, don't share combs/brushes and reduce the amount of sexual partners you have - these methods may all help.

Thousands of people search to find out about different types of louse and ways to get 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, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by these parasites and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Remedies for louse problems should be sought after quickly and if you have to rid crabs you should seek medical advice so they cannot be passed to others.

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