Your hair is said to be your crowning glory as it can make or break how you look. After all, it’s what one first sees when they look at you. But regardless of the type of hair you’ve got, you wouldn’t want another person to see that you’ve got lice all over your hair. Those small, pesky creatures suck minuscule amounts of blood from your scalp for sustenance and lay their eggs there. And before you know it, your hair’s already infested with lice. As having lice in your scalp is very uncomfortable and you want them to go away, here are some key tips on lice removal and treatment to help ease the itch that you’re experiencing:
1. Use a fine-toothed comb for your hair.
If you’ve been using a standard comb to fix your hair, you’ll have to set it aside for the time being and get yourself a fine-toothed comb.
- Unlike the teeth of a standard comb, those on a fine-toothed one are very closely spaced and can gather both lice and their eggs which are also called nits.
- You should make sure as well that the teeth of the fine-toothed comb you buy are made of metal as it lasts longer and can withstand frequent use.
2. Apply permethrin lotion 1% to your hair and scalp.
If you don’t have all day to remove both lice and nits from your hair, you can resort to topical treatments like permethrin lotion 1% to kill them instead.
- Fortunately for you, permethrin lotion 1% is available as an over the counter medication that you can buy at any drugstore or pharmacy, so you don’t need to see a doctor and have a prescription written for you to buy it.
- You should make sure to check though if the pharmacist gives you permethrin lotion 1% as it also comes in a 5% variant which isn’t meant for lice removal at all.
3. Apply lindane shampoo to your hair after washing it with your regular shampoo.
To even more fully get rid of lice and nits on your hair and scalp, you’ll have to use lindane shampoo aside from a regular one.
- However, before you can start applying lindane shampoo to your hair, you should buy yourself a pair of nitrile or vinyl gloves as you don’t want the lindane itself to come into contact with your skin.
- You’ll also have to wash your hair first with regular shampoo, dry it, and wait for at least an hour before using the lindane one.
4. Wash all items and clothing where lice have most likely been staying outside of your hair and scalp.
You may have done a fine job at doing the tips listed above thus far. But if you did all of them without cleaning everything that’s been housing all those lice and nits other than your hair and scalp, all your efforts will be for nothing.
- Your head coming into contact with the fabric of your favorite hat, stuffed toy, or knitted sweater on a regular basis can make the lice who sought shelter in them to go back and infest both your hair and scalp once again.
- When washing all your clothes and other articles, you should do so in hot, soapy water and dry them at high heat to kill both lice and nits.
5. Consider hiring a delousing service to remove lice and nits from your hair and scalp.
You’ve already done all the tips listed above, and yet you still have your hair infested with lice.
- As lice are increasingly becoming more and more resistant to chemical-based treatments, and again, you might not have all day to get rid of the lice and nits on your hair and scalp, you might decide to pay for a delousing service instead who can do the job faster than you.
- Some delousing services charge exorbitant rates though, so you should choose one that offers quality service at an affordable price.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had estimated that millions of lice infestations happen every year among American children aged three to eleven. But it doesn’t mean that being an adult gives you immunity from a possible lice infestation. Besides, lice can’t tell the difference between toddlers and adults as long as they have a scalp in which to get their supply of fresh blood for them to survive. So if you find yourself scratching your head a bit too much, and lice suddenly appeared on top of your fingernails, you’ll want to start doing the above-listed key tips on treatment for headlice so that you can help ease the itch and relieve yourself of your suffering.
About The Author:
Angelic Jones writes for Lice Care Solutions as a contributor where she offers quite the informative take on the site’s services such as treatment for headlice and lice removal. Her fascination with health subjects allows Angelic to offer quite a unique spin on her pieces and make them interesting for readers. Angelic spends her free time checking the latest in fashion trends.