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You'll be pleased to know that there are lots of different treatments for head lice! Some treatments may be more successful than others, but help is at hand at your local GP and on several sites on-line so you can find out which of the treatments would suit your situation best. The key to success with any of the head lice treatments is to follow the product's directions; however it is important that you are 100% certain you have head lice before you start using treatments. To diagnose an infection you must find a living (and moving) louse and to kill an infestation will usually take two applications, seven days apart. If you do find live lice in your hair, treatments should be sought after immediately to prevent further spread to others. Although it may at first seem embarrassing to admit you have head lice, remember that they infest both clean and dirty hair, head lice are not uncommon and although they may cause itching and discomfort they generally do not cause any additional illnesses.


Treatments for head lice come in many forms - there are comb treatments, spray treatments, lotion treatments, shampoo treatments and cream treatments so don't submit to shaving your head in worry - try one of these first! There are treatments to suit everybody, no matter what age, with both natural remedies and products with insecticides as options. It is recommended that non-insecticide treatments are tried first on the head and if these aren't successful, stronger chemical/medicated treatments can be used. Before any treatments are used, be sure to check everyone in the household, classroom or at work so that everyone possibly infected is treated at the same time. If you can find the source of the lice, re-infection may be prevented, so tell everyone that has had close head to head contact to perform a thorough check and treat them all at the same time to stop the chain of infection.


If you have been checking for head lice it is likely you already have a lice detection comb (nit comb) - if not, then you may find it a valuable purchase. Lice combs are fine toothed and designed to extract lice and nits out of the hair. Wet combing or 'Bug Busting' is a popular method for removing head lice and can be used before any other treatments to see the extent of the infestation. Combs are reasonably priced and sold at most pharmacies. Most products will come with directions of use; however some general tips would be to wash the hair with normal shampoo first, damp dry the hair so it's not dripping and apply a small amount of conditioner. Brush or comb the hair to untangle any knots and then begin using the nit comb. In small sections of the head, start at the scalp and draw the comb away the entire length of the hair. Any nits, eggs or lice can be washed off or crushed into a paper towel for disposing of. A good light and magnified glass may help the process. If you find live lice then further treatments are needed.

Treatments For Head Lice

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Ask you local GP or nurse what the best treatments are in your area as some treatments can be resisted by lice over time. If you do not have the luxury of seeking professional advice then you have options of insecticide and non-insecticide treatments, at different costs. Don't always opt for the cheapest of treatments though as they may not give the best results. Check on trusted medical sites and forums for the latest head louse treatments before purchasing - asking friends and family is also a good idea. As stated above, non-insecticides may be the best option (certainly for young children, pregnant women and those with skin irritations such as dermatitis or eczema, or asthma) initially, but insecticide based treatments may be necessary if the natural products do not work. Things to remember when using head louse treatments such as lotions, creams, liquids and shampoos are: be generous with the solution, avoid the eyes and mouth, thoroughly cover the scalp and massage in, keep away from others until the first application is completed, apply a second application, use a comb, fingers of tweezers to extract any remaining nits, follow instructions, treat everyone at the same time and don't panic!
 

 

 

It is worth always applying a second application to the head seven days after the first, as any eggs that may have hatched during that time, will need to be dealt with. Not all treatments kill off the eggs, so for thoroughness ensure these are targeted too and avoid re-infestation. Avoid non-proven treatments as they may waste your time, effort and money. Some suggest alternative lice treatments such as covering your head with mayonnaise for the night but this may just cause discomfort and make you wake up hungry. Prevention would be great, but there is little evidence that lice repellents work - the best prevention methods would be to not share combs and brushes or hats, avoid head to head contact, regularly perform checks for head lice and to act at the first sign of a problem, ensuring everyone that has been in close contact is also checked immediately. Bedding and clothing can also be washed as lice treatments but head lice are not meant to be able to survive away from a host for very long, so again this isn't confirmed as necessary (may be a good precaution though and encourage a good nights sleep).

Thousands of people search to find out about different types of parasites and ways to rid 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 the louse and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have crabs you should seek medical advice so they cannot be passed on to others.

Treatments For Head Lice

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