Head lice, or pediculosis, is a condition where tiny parasites live within the hair on your scalp. It is hard to see head lice within the thick of your hair but they are usually visible near the ears, neck and shoulders.
Head lice bite on your head and drink the tiny droplets of blood that they create. This leads to itchiness and a desire to scratch the affected area.
Their eggs, or nits, are as small as a flake of dandruff. Very soon these nits will hatch into even more head lice.
It is very easy to pass head lice from one person to the other. Using the same comb as someone else is one of the most common ways head lice is passed along.
Using the same towel, pillow or hat as another also allows head lice to spread easily.
The easiest way to get head lice is to rub your head against someone else’s. Unfortunately, head lice infestation in school-aged children is an incredibly common occurrence requiring parents to go on a search for an effective head lice treatment.
Lots of people think that somebody who has head lice has poor hygiene, but this is a false belief. Anyone can get head lice, regardless of how often they shower or how well they take care of their body.
Kids, between the ages of three and twelve, are the most likely to get them. Then they pass them along to their families. It is important to find good head lice remedies and address head lice right away so they do not cause an infection.
Identifying Head Lice Symptoms
The most common symptoms and signs of head lice include:
- Frequent itching and scratching of the hair
- Sores or small, red bumps on the scalp, neck and shoulders
- Nits (lice eggs) that appear as tiny, white, clear or oval-shaped dots (that sit at an angle) on the hair shaft
Head Lice Treatment
There are many prescriptions and OTC (Over The Counter) drugs available to address head lice symptoms. They usually come in the form of a lotion or shampoo.
The ingredients in these head lice treatment products are not good for you because they have pesticides and nasty chemicals in them.
Make sure that your doctor is aware of any allergies you have, or asthma. Also be extra cautious if you are pregnant or nursing a baby.
It is important to keep these head lice treatment products out of your eyes. If the head lice treatment product comes with a special comb then you should use it every three days for two weeks.
Make sure that everyone in your family is treated, and wash all of the bedspreads and pillowcases to be extra safe and prevent re-infestation of the head lice.
If you are worried about using harsh chemicals on your, or your child’s, scalp then you might try herbal remedies and aromatherapy products as an effective head lice treatment.
They have been successfully used as head lice remedies and warding off insects for hundreds of years.
Neem, Rosemary and Lavender will naturally drive off the head lice and also help to prevent infection.
Tea Tree Oil and Rose Geranium are aromatherapy oils that also have a proven track record of being effective head lice remedies.
They also build the body’s defenses up so it can resist a secondary infestation of head lice.
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The Truth About Head Lice (this is a must-watch video!)
Preventing Head Lice
There are a number of ways to prevent re-infestation of head lice and these include:
- Wash bed linen, towels and clothing in hot water used by the person with head lice
- Vacuum your child’s car seat, carpets, couches and stuffed toys
- Avoid head-head contact with other children
- Avoid sharing person items such as brushes, combs, toothbrushes, towels, hats, barrettes, hair ties, caps, and scarves
- Encourage your child not to lie on bed linen and pillows that have been used by others with lice
- Soak hair items such as brushes, combs, hair bands, bandannas in hot water or rubbing oil
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