Getting Rid of Head Lice with Medicated Shampoos
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Getting Rid of Head Lice with Medicated Shampoos

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.

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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.

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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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Comments (15)

This is an outstanding set of information and instructions. Thanks for sharing. I will return with a vote.

you know what, i experienced lice infestation when I did community work before because the kids I handled have lice.I used Lindell. Its a great product.I threw everything that came into contact with my hair.Good thing it went away.hehe

Great tips. I'm sure those who have head lice will find a good solution here.

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I have had a lot of experience with this problem. In doing research I have found that most of the store brand medicated shampoos do not have enough of the active ingredient. I would advise people to do there research. A prolonged infestation is not just because reinfesting but because the shampoo you are using doesn't have enough ingredient to actually kill them. And be sure to comb the eggs out of your hair! That will rid you of alot of the problem right there. And anything you aren't sure of can be put in a plastic bag for several weeks to insure eggs and any bugs are dead. Not being in contact with the body for a period of time will kill them since they need blood to survive.

Now you got me scratching! great write on a world wide problem x

good read and information. If I may add,Lice simply loves too much exposure to sunlight. As we say it in Tagslog, 'suyod lang ang katapat nyan'.

My niece would badly need the help written on this article. I'll share this to her..

I remember when my daughter was in Kindergarten, suddenly every kid got this. We learned that its not from having dirty hair, lice cannot stick to greasy hair so that stigma is wrong (as you said). We were also warned about the products and not to leave them on too long because of links to cancer. Due to this concern, the second time my daughter was infested, we bought a lice comb and sat out in the sun, combing her hair section by section removing the lice and sticking them to tape for disposal.

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Well done with this article. I have been lucky not to have head lice. My daughter and granddaughter got it from my granddaughter's school and I know how hard it can get rid of. Voted up for an excellent article.

Head lice can be very stubborn and difficult to deal with. may be a social disaster to the sufferer too. Thank you for the valuable tips!

I had them as a child so I am familiar with these medicated shampoos. They really help get rid of them. They never came back.

My children were exposed to head lice in Elementary School; that was one of the worst experiences I have ever had. Even after proper treatment with the shampoo and fine toothed comb, my daughter still had them. A friend suggested putting Olive oil on her head, and covering it with plastic beg for a few hours. This did the trick, but it was messier than the shampoo. The best thing is prevention; teach children not to share combs, hats or to get too close to a friend's head. Great information; voted up.

Always great advice for a troublesome complaint!

Great info...Thanks for writing it.

This past summer , everyone in my kid's summer camp came down with head lice, next summer this information may come in handy...voted