When a case of head lice surfaces any parent in their right mind is immediately worried and annoyed. It can be even more shocking to find out that you might have head lice, as a teenager or an adult. Whether the notification comes from the school, a health care expert, or even the child it is important to immediately determine whether or not you or your child actually has lice.
A nice relief is the fact that head lice cannot cause harm and are rather benign. The symptoms we typically see with a head lice infection include itching, irritation, and laying of eggs. Lice are very tiny and even tinier are the eggs laid. Lice are, for the most part, only transferred with head to head contact. Lice can survive submerged in water, however, they die very quickly without a host. It is possible to manually remove lice, however it is not effective. The easiest way to get rid of lice for free is to shave the hair off, this is not always and option, though.
Pediculicides are hair care products which kill the head lice infection. Following the instructions of these products you can treat the infection safely and over the period of a few days. Natural solutions are available for those weary of chemical products which act as a pediculicide. Common household items can also be used to treat head lice, like rubbing alcohol, or a more natural substance such as olive oil. You should combine nitpicking with any form of lice treatment to remove eggs which are destined to hatch. You can remove nits by combing the hair with a special nitpicking comb. Combine this with regularly drying your hair and you will be able to remove 99%+ of nits and live lice.
When you have begun treatment of lice check other family member’s scalps for the infections and limit the sharing of hygiene products. An effort should also be made to follow up with a second check for lice and nits. If eggs have hatched you may need to kill new live lice and remove new eggs. The longer you or a family member is affected by lice, the more likely it is to pass on to new hosts.
You can further prevent another lice infection by limiting the sharing of hygiene products. Hair products rich in chemicals, like hairspray, typically ward of lice. Using a hairdryer and following up with hygienic care and regular laundry washes will prevent lice from infecting you or your child’s scalp again.