When home remedies wouldnÂ’t work, we usually depend on medicated head lice treatment for cure. And itÂ’s quite a dilemma when these are not effective too. Here are some facts about head lice and more importantly, on how to get rid of them, effectively.
Scalp Itch, itching behind the ears, the nape and even in the arms are intolerable and annoying symptoms of head lice invasion. This infestation may not be dangerous but head lice may cause infection and wounds because of scratching.
People may prefer home remedies since these are cheaper and readily accessible. Vinegar, Listerine, butter and mayonnaise for instance can be found inside the house. While some may find these effective other individuals won’t find relief with these. The bottom line – home remedies do not have clinical trials. Most medical specialist would still recommend medicated head lice shampoos as these are formulated for such use.
Unfortunately, there are individuals that also cite medicated head lice shampoos as ineffective and a waste of money. Can this be a fact or an opinion? One thing is for sure, they could be using these medicated treatments wrong. Here are some facts and tips on how to use a medicated lice shampoo properly.
- Do not use a medicated lice shampoo if you are in a hurry
Medicated head lice shampoos like citronella, permethrin (Kwell) and pyrethrin (Licealiz) should be left in the scalp and hair for ten minutes. If the person using it has no time to wait – rinsing the treatment off without letting it linger within the suggested time, this procedure won’t work.
- Repeat the treatment within the week
Scalp allergy is the usual side effect of medicated shampoos however this reaction (if ever there is) can be found out during the first time of treatment. Thus, individuals who have used these types before need not to worry for future untoward reactions. Medicated shampoos can be used once but in cases of heavy infestation, these can be used twice a week.
Lice have short life cycles that mean they breed rapidly. A louse, once hatch usually reach maturity within 6 to 10 days. And if it’s a female, it will start to lay eggs on the 7th day.
With this, treatment using medicated shampoos should be consistent to prevent hatchlings from surviving.
- Do the necessary preventive measure
Children are the most affected by lice infestations because they mingle so close with their peers. Using medicated shampoos once a week can help prevent future infestations.
- Use a comb with very fine teeth
Some medicated lice shampoos like citronella do not kill lice. These types only stir the lice to resurface. Using a comb with very fine teeth is an efficient way to collect and prevent them from escaping. Combs with fine teeth will also help remove the eggs.
Get rid of head lice permanently
Have all the family members treated. Do not share combs and towels. While lice can be brought about by a gust of wind, they can also travel through clothing and personal belongings especially with those that we use on our heads.
Vacuum the surroundings. Change pillow cases and beddings at least every two weeks and in a case of lice invasion, as often as once a week. Lice cause is not really due to poor hygiene. These parasitic insects usually transfer from person to person. But, keeping the household clean - the sleeping quarters, in particular, will keep the lice and any other parasite from enduring longer.
© Phoenix Montoya @ July 18, 2011
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