Lice Home Remedy:
Remedies for Head Lice
lice are a common occurrence for children in daycares and schools.
Lice can affect anyone of any age, though: lice don't discriminate
based on race or gender.
lice is caught more often by people with long hair, because the
live lice are able to cling tightly with claw-like legs. Anyone
with any type or length of hair can contract them, though, and they're
known to be quite difficult to get rid of.
lice can be gotten rid of in a variety of simple ways, but there
is usually a lot of work involved.
there are live lice in your or your children's hair, you'll often
see evidence of this by looking at the base of the neck and behind
the ears. The areas will be a little red and irritated looking,
and if the infestation is bad you'll often see a fast glimpse of
something running away from the light when you move the hair.
infested hair also has "nits" in it. These are tiny little
round or egg-shaped objects which are attached to individual strands
of hair about a half inch from the scalp. These nits are the lice
eggs, and they hatch about every 7-10 days.
are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription shampoos and
medicines which can be bought to deal with head lice, but they contain
chemicals which are extremely harsh and can be dangerous to use
on your skin. These shampoos usually just kill live lice without
actually killing the eggs.
alternative home remedies abound, and there are reported levels
of success and failure with each one. Here are the ones that have
been the most successful for most people:
Listerine mouth wash. Saturate the infested hair with regular
old-fashioned listerine, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes.
Then wash it out and comb the hair with a nit comb.
Vinegar. Saturating the hair with vinegar will loosen the
glue which keeps the nits attached to the hair shafts. Leave this
in for 10 minutes to 1 hour, then wash, rinse and comb with a
Tea Tree and other oils. Many believe the nits and lice
cannot survive when covered in oil, because it blocks their breathing
passages. Tea tree oil is especially useful, because the lice
are repelled by the smell. Another excellent remedy is to use
Skin-So-Soft by Avon. This is also a well-known bug repellent,
and is said to kill lice.
Tea tree oil or Skin So Soft are quite useful as preventatives
for recurring head lice problems too. Using shampoos which have
tea tree oil in them doesn't always work, though, because there's
not enough tea tree. Many people simply add a few drops of pure
tea tree oil to their shampoo bottles. Alternatively you can do
a tea tree or Skin So Soft application once a week to keep
Mayonnaise. Regular cheap mayonnaise has both vinegar and
oil in it. The vinegar helps loosen the glue which holds nits
to the hair strands, and the oil is thought to smother the nits
and live lice so they're unable to breathe. Coat the hair and
scalp fully, then wrap it in a plastic bag or shower cap. Press
out excess air from beneath the bag, then point a blow dryer at
the head for at least 10 minutes. Lice and nits are unable to
survive above certain temperatures, so the blow dryer creates
a warmer environment they can't survive in. Leave the bag in place
for 3-4 hours, then remove, wash, and rinse the hair, then comb
with a nit comb.
you've removed a head lice infestation in your family, be sure to
treat all other family members too. Then wash all bed clothing,
pillows, stuffed toys, and everything else washable. Spray down
your carpets, furniture and car upholstery with Lysol, and run the
sweeper on the carpets every other day for at least two weeks to
be sure there are no residual lice or eggs that can be picked back
up by the hair.
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