Head lice can spread easily, and they are highly contagious. Getting close to an infected person is enough for head lice to crawl to your hair and infect you as well. These parasitic insects usually prefer the warmer, darker part of your head, like above the neck, or behind the ears. They like to stay on these parts of your head, and they quickly multiply. Head lice can lay about five to 10 eggs a day. They spread throughout your head quickly if you don’t take any precautionary measures to get rid of them.
The following are tips to kill head lice and get rid of them completely.
1. Use topical head lice treatments
The easiest way to kill head lice is to use a topical head lice product. These products are usually sold in local stores, drugstores, supermarkets, etc. so they are easy to find. You can also choose to buy them online.
- When using these topical products, always pick the one that suits your age and condition since most of these products are not ideal for all ages.
- Essential oils are known to be effective for killing head lice. So instead of just applying essential oils directly to your scalp, you may also want to add a small amount of olive or coconut oil.
- Most over-the-counter topical head lice products usually come with a lice comb. Use the lice comb after applying an anti-lice product to your head to remove the head lice entirely from your hair.
Be sure to follow the instructions provided for using these anti-lice products though, especially if the product must be applied again after a couple of days to remove all head lice effectively.
2. Try prescription medications
For those who don’t want to comb their hair often just to get rid of head lice, you may want to use anti-head lice prescription medications. These prescription medications can effectively clean your scalp of head lice their nits. The only thing you have to worry about with these medications are their potential side effects. Common side effects include dandruff, irritation of the scalp, frizzy hair, and redness of eyes. Here are a couple of prescription medications your doctor may suggest for you:
- Benzyl alcohol lotion
- Ivermectin lotion
- Lindane head lice shampoos
- Malathion lotion
- Spinosad topical suspension.
Be sure to follow the instructions for using these prescription medications, especially if you intend to use them for your children.
3. Use effective home remedies for head lice
For those who don’t prefer using a chemical-based product for killing off head lice, you may try some home remedies. There are a number of items in your home that can be used to kill head lice effectively. Here are some of them:
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil doesn’t work the same as chemical-based anti-head lice products. Coconut oil prevents lice infestation. The chemical properties of coconut oil help in immobilizing lice. Coconut oil makes head lice unable to move and reproduce freely. If you apply coconut oil to your scalp, it will be easier for you to comb these nasty buggers (including their eggs) out of your head.
- Onions. Onions are rich in sulfur, which is an active ingredient needed to kill off head lice. Extract fresh onion juice and apply it to your scalp. Just make sure the juice will reach the roots of your hair. Keep the onion juice in your scalp for a couple of hours before rinsing it out. After that, use a lice comb to comb your hair.
- Lemon juice. The acidic properties of lemon juice are effective in fighting lice infestation. You can disinfect your scalp to kill lice and remove them from your head. Extract enough amount of lemon juice to treat all of your hair. The amount needed will depend on your hair’s length. Apply the juice to your scalp and leave it there for at least 10 minutes. Rinse your hair after that and then comb it using a lice comb to remove the dead insects from your scalp.
- Fine-toothed comb. Standard combs don’t really do much when it comes to removing head lice from your hair. Since you are struggling with head lice, you may want to set aside standard combs and use a fine-toothed one or a lice comb. A fine-toothed comb or lice comb can catch head lice and their eggs.
- Hair dryer. You can also use a hair dryer after rinsing your hair to kill head lice. Head lice can’t survive against hot temperatures.
Regardless of what treatment you choose to kill and remove head lice, it will never be enough to solve your problem. You have to get these head lice out of your surroundings. Head lice can be found almost anywhere. But mostly, they are found in personal items used by an infected person. So it’s important that you sanitize your home, especially other people’s personal items such as pillows, towels, clothes, stuff toys, bed linens, scarves, combs, and other head accessories, etc.
Know that there are numerous treatments available for killing and removing head lice permanently. Whether it’s an over-the-counter treatment, a prescription medication, or a home remedy, it will always work effectively just as long as you follow the instructions provided for using them. Treatment for head lice can’t be done overnight. It will take days before you can completely rid yourself of them. Just be patient and stay calm during the treatment process.
Angelic Jones writes for Lice Care Solutions as a contributor where she offers quite the informative take on the site’s services such as treatment for head lice and lice removal. Her fascination with health subjects allows Angelic to offer quite a unique spin on her pieces and make them interesting for readers. Angelic spends her free time checking the latest in fashion trends.