Lice. Everyone hates them. Many get them. It’s hard to get rid of hair lice. However do not fret, for dealing with them isn’t impossible. The first step is understanding what lice are.
Lice are tiny parasitic insects that can end up in a number of different places on our body. They aren’t considered to be a serious medical problem, but is annoying and can spread easily. Also, they have been around for a long time. They were widespread in Europe up until the last century, and anthropologists have seen evidence to conclude that they were among Egyptian mummies during the times of the ancient Greeks.
The life for a louse begins as a nit/egg. It is found attached to the base of hair shafts, behind the ears or on the nape of the neck. 5 – 10 days to hatch and they begin feeding immediately. Then there are 7 days for them to mature completely. They are three types of lice; head lice, body lice or pubic lice. The common causes are due to that children are crowded together in daycare centers. Since the lice travel by direct contact, sharing equipment or when playing close together increases chances of spreading.
The symptoms to look out for is evidence of lice on the scalp, body clothing or anywhere else. Intense itching or nits on hair shafts as well. The symptoms will not experience them immediately, and may not begin until a week or two after the initial infestation.
The treatment for lice can be simple and can be done at home. Plus, when it comes to children, if your child is 2 months old or younger, you should not use medicated lice treatments. You’ll need to remove the nits and lice by hand.
You may be able to see the lice or nits by parting your child’s hair into small sections and checking for lice and nits with a fine-tooth comb on the scalp, behind the ears, and around the nape of the neck (it’s rare for them to be found on eyelashes or eyebrows). A magnifying glass and bright light may help. But it can be tough to find a nymph or adult louse — often, there aren’t many of them and they move fast.
Other sorts of medication include lotions, cream rinses, and shampoos. Then there are non-pesticide and pesticide solutions as well. Apply the medication to the affected body areas as directed. Some people find that the effectiveness will vary with the type of product and thoroughness of application. Repeated treatments may be needed and are usually recommended. Ask a pharmacist for complete directions on how to use specific products and for recommendations on treatments based on the age of the affected person and the type of infestation. Note that this step gets rid of the existing adult lice.
Once you are clean of them, it is good to ensure that you do not get an infestation down the line. Here are some ways to remove lice and their eggs, and help prevent a lice reinfestation. Wash all bed linens and clothing that’s been recently worn by anyone in your home who’s infested in very hot water then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer for at least 20 minutes. Go out and get everything dry cleaned, like stuffed animals, or put them in airtight bags for a minimum of 3 days.
Consider vacuum cleaning carpets and furniture in your home as well as your car, and dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag afterward. Finally, clean the hair tools used during the time you were infested with lice. Since lice can spread easily in a house, do this to all your family members items as well.
But like anything else, there are precautions to take. The first being the usage of hairdryers on your hair, or your child. There are treatments that can contain flammable ingredients. Don’t use a conditioner or shampoo/conditioner combination before applying lice medication.
Also, do not wash your child’s hair for 1 to days after using a medical treatment and don’t use sprays or hire pest control to try rid of the lice. Then there is the precaution to follow, it is to not use the same medication more than 3 times on a person’s scalp.
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