Lice are an insect that attaches themselves to human hair and sucks human blood as their source of food. The most common type of lice is head lice.
Infestation with head lice is widespread and is medically known as Pediculosis capitis. An average of six eggs per day can be laid by female lice. These eggs are laid on the shaft of the hair. The eggs that are only six millimeters from the scalp are hatched usually.
The female louse secretes glue-like material which helps the eggs to attach to the hair. It takes about a week for the egg to hatch and produce a nymph. The nymphs then pass through the three successive growth steps. In these steps, they transform until reaching their adult size.
The size of the adult lice is somehow equal to the size of sesame seeds and they are very difficult to see because of their color resembling the hair colour. Their colour ranges from white to tan to brown.
Lice feed on blood about four to five times a day. They have their mouth to bite the skin and secrete a substance that helps them to stop blood clotting.
It is very important to note that anyone can get lice infestation but some people are more likely to come in contact with lice.
How People Get Lice
Hair lice infestation can happen to everyone but school-going children are more likely to get the lice. Children who lived in crowded places have more chances to contact lice. It is due to their common living place and they are most probably sharing their sleeping bed with each other. In my point of view, there are two ways of spreading the lice.
- Through direct contact (if children join their head to one another to look at the same book)
- To share head accessories like caps, hats, scarves, and combs, etc.
- Body lice grow on unwashed clothes and we can come in contact with them if we wear unwashed clothes.
- Pubic lice are spread as a result of sexual activity. If the children have pubic lice then it is more likely that they may be the victim of sexual abuse.
Body lice can be prevented by just simply washing your clothes before wearing them and by avoiding the clothes from sharing with anyone.
How to Remove Lice
There are a number of ways that will help you to get rid of head lice. Hair lice removal can be done by medications, natural remedies or sometimes by over-the-counter products.
There are three steps to remove the lice completely. It doesn’t matter what kind of lice you have, the treatment process is exactly the same.
- Kill the lice.
- Kill and remove the lice eggs
- Decontaminate any affected areas and clothing.
- Pediculicide shampoo is one of the most common treatment products for lice. It is applied to the affected area, and hair should not be washed for up to two days.
- Nit Comb is used to remove the eggs that are attached to the shaft of the hair.
- Vacuum your house every day in order to thoroughly clean the area where hairs might have fallen. Any clothes or bedding that have exposure to lice should be washed in a hot water or machine washed.
- You can also avoid the use of pediculicides or medication on your hairs by using natural products that can act the same as medications.
These natural products are not proven by food and drug administration. Some essential oils may help in the treatment of lice. You may find relief if you use the following oils:
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains two elements as 1,8-cineole and terpinene-4-ol. Research shows that 1% of tea tree oil solution is capable of killing a large amount of lice within 30 minutes.
Combining tea tree oil with shampoo and applying it to hair for 30-40 minutes before washing can also aid in treating head lice problems.
Tea tree oil in combination with lavender oil can reduce the lice egg and also reduce live lice.
Eucalyptus oil is one of the possible treatments for the treatment of head lice. To remove the head lice, mix the olive oil with eucalyptus oil and apply it to your hair for 45 minutes, and then wash your hair.
If you apply 100% organic neem oil or a mixture of neem oil diluted in shampoo directly to the hair and scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Wash the hairs multiple times with clarifying shampoo to remove the oil.
The other method is to warm the neem oil and apply it to the scalp. Leave it for one hour and comb each section of hair thoroughly with the help of a nit comb, it will help you to remove all the dead lice and nits. Ten was it with herbal shampoo.
Some studies show that lavender oil in combination with tea tree oil can kill lice eggs and reduce the number count of living lice. Applying lavender oil 3-4 times a week can help you to remove lice.
A mixture of essential oils such as lavender oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, can help you to kill lice. Apply this mixture to your hair for 45 minutes to 1 hour and then wash it with the help of herbal shampoo.
Nit combs kill head lice in all types of hair, and you can buy them from pharmacies, supermarkets or online. Head lice should die within a day.
Some lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs. Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.
An important thing is to note that the head lice cannot go away on their own. If you ever suspect that your child has head lice, you should take all the necessary measures to kill and remove the lice as soon as possible.
Originally posted 2021-06-01 17:29:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter