Head Lice Treatment
Treatment advice for head lice and nits
There aren’t many other ways to say it: head lice and nits are an absolute nightmare for anyone unfortunate enough to have an infestation. Their bites itch much like those other petty annoyances, mosquitos. More than reason enough to start seeking out head lice treatments!
Fortunately, head lice treatment has come leaps and bounds in the last ten years. As a result we now have far more options for treating lice than we’ve ever had before. Typical head lice treatments include combing them out of the hair, using pesticide shampoos, as well as using metal nit combs, or using a professional lice removal service. We’ll detail a few more head lice treatments on this page.
Head lice Treatment’s Early Days
The latin name for head lice is Pediculus humanus capitis. The plural form for the bugs is lice and when talking about an insect all on its own, it’s called a head louse. Before modern treatment methods, some people would live their entire life with lice. Nit picking is the oldest lice treatment. For example, Cleopatra was buried with her golden nit comb. Fifty years ago it was common for people to use dangerous liquids such as gasoline and kerosene for lice treatment. Thankfully there are safe and non toxic treatment available today.
It is interesting to know that once a louse is on your head, it’s not going anywhere else. As gross as it sounds, the whole reason lice exist is to feast on the blood-rich area that is your head. Lice and nits exist for pretty much every animal and bird species out there. Unlike fleas, lice can’t jump from one host to another. For head lice to travel from one person to another they crawl from hair to hair. So whichever head louse treatment you use against your unwanted guests, it’s good to know that your lice won’t be jumping or flying on to anybody else.
Lice typically feed on your head at least 4-5 times a day. The saliva from their bites are what actually make you feel so itchy and scratchy. Eventually, it gets so severe that you have to find a lice and nit treatment that really works – and quick! This is a basic run-down of head lice and what they’re about. Here are some further tips and facts to know about lice and nits.
It’s pointless to do a head lice treatment unless you’re absolutely certain that head lice are the reason that you or your child are suffering. Side-effects from treatment can cause more itching, irritation or in the worst cases poisoning. It’s best not to expose yourself to any pesticides, such as lindane which is banned globally for use as commercial pesticide but is approved to put on your child’s head. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of millions of infestations by head lice each and every year. It is scary how many toxic hair lice treatments are out there, so why treat yourself unless you really need to?
The simplest solutions are often the best. Using a metal nit comb is the most effective head lice treatment currently available. So what’s the downside? Well – it’s a time-heavy commitment, as you need to comb the hair for anywhere from an hour to an hour-and-a-half each and every day for two weeks. You can use water and conditioner to make the process a bit easier.
Have you heard about using electric combs for head lice treatment? The magic here is that they use an electric charge to kill lice. They’re typically powered by a small battery, with alternating positively and negatively charged prongs, that zap the critters as their bodies close the circuit. Such combs can work, however you still need to comb everyday for two weeks while nits continue to hatch.
Does “heated air” sound suspiciously like using a hair dryer to you? If so, congratulations, you win the prize for seeing through marketing huff and puff, as that’s exactly what it is. The heated air will dry out – desiccate, in the proper scientific lingo – the lice and eggs, killing up to 86% of lice, and 80% of the nits themselves. It’s a long-term commitment though, as you’ll need to do it repeatedly, daily for two weeks, then once every seven days, to coincide with egg hatching, and this needs to happen over the life cycle of a typical infestation, which is on the order of around a month. However nits remain cemented to the hair and still have to be removed. Not to mention dead lice left over in your hair. It can also burn young children’s scalp.
To be precise, such shampoos could more accurately be called insecticides. This means that they kill insects, in this case the lice living in your or your child’s hair! The downside is that the shampoos irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions. If that’s not enough, 99% of head lice have developed a resistance to over the counter pesticides and no longer work due to overuse. Regular combing apparently makes the real difference in effectiveness.
6.Professional Lice Removal Service.
Yes, they exist! You can go to a brick and mortar location to assist in the removal process. Technicians apply safe products and thoroughly comb the hair and manually remove all lice and nits. The process for each person being treated should take about two hours, although for boys it could take less time.
Head Lice Treatment – What’s Best?
With the many different varieties of head lice treatments, one thing is certain, combing is the safest most reliable way to remove lice and nits. The main annoyance is that these need you to invest an awful lot of time in combing out the lice and eggs.
What else can we say about head lice treatments?
Historically, the term nit-picking was used to describe the tedious head lice treatment of physically picking out someone’s nits removing all lice and nits infesting a person’s hair. The annoyance is that a female louse cements the nit the individual hairs, which makes them difficult to remove and is why a regular hair brush doesn’t work as a head lice treatment. The term nit picking has passed into modern meaning as someone particularly obsessive. Someone who searches for the tiniest or most minor of mistakes or wrong facts, and then going on to complain about them. After reading more about the physical practice of nit-picking, it’s understandable why!
Another frustrating fact about lice is that they camouflage to match the color of your hair. A single louse can expect to live for up to 30 days – pretty much a full month of living on your head and laying eight to ten eggs per day. Once they’ve finished eating, the lice excrete the blood they’ve digested as a red powder called frass.
Lice can be found anywhere on the head. They prefer the area towards the nape of your neck, crown of the head and around the ears. When possible, head lice will lay the majority of their eggs in these areas. Also, head lice are nocturnal, and they’ll move into the shadows whenever they’re under direct bright light.
Thankfully head lice can’t jump from one person to another, instead they have to crawl from one hair to another. It’s for this reason that children are far more likely to get them. Once they’re there, head lice can rarely get transmitted via bed sheets or towels – pretty much as well as any common household item that is likely to come into contact with hair. There is only a 2% chance to get them from the environment. So cleaning anything your hair has been in contact with in the last 24 hours is a good idea. In conclusion, the good news is that combing and nit picking is a head lice treatment that works and works successfully!
Although we remove all lice during the treatment, going back to the same environment puts you at risk to get lice again. For this reason we provide two FREE follow up visits to detect any reinfestation. If reinfestation occurs, we will remove the lice and provide extra follow up at no charge. We are so confident in this process that our treatment is 100% Guaranteed.
Above all, our goal is to help families with lice. We also sell head lice removal products and kits for do-it-yourself-ers who want to practice head lice prevention. Dedicated to eliminate the persistent head lice problem, we train and educate families. Additionally we will show you the removal procedure to eliminate lice step-by-step. If you have any questions, please call us any time.
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