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Tips To Help Rid You Of Head Lice

Feb 3, 2008
A child gives a school friend a hug or borrows her hairbrush. Friends of your children stay the night and share a bed. These things are all it takes to catch head lice. Head lice are one of the most annoying and irritating things to deal with, but there is help. Whether you decide to utilize an over-the-counter medication or a great home remedy, this article will provide you with some important tips to help rid you of head lice. So, without further adieu, let's get started.

Over-the-Counter Tips -

Should you decide to purchase an over-the-counter medication, there are a few tips that will help you achieve success.

* Any sort of medication you use will need to be re-applied to the hair 6 to 10 days later. This is so the medication will kill any of the newly hatched head lice. Comb the hair again very thoroughly with a fine-tooth comb.

* When treating your hair with an over-the-counter medication, follow the label directions very closely and read the entire label. For hairbrushes, barrettes, clips, combs, and other accessories, run a sink full of hot water. Place a cap or two of the over-the-counter medication under the running water. Soak these things in the hot water for 30 minutes to an hour.

* Ensure that each and every strand of hair as well as the scalp is completely saturated with the medication before you allow the medication to sit.

Home Remedy Tips -

There are many proven home remedies that people have found successful in eliminating head lice for good.

* Utilize mayonnaise or petroleum jelly to suffocate the head lice in the hair. You will need to saturate the hair completely, as well as the scalp. Cover the head with a shower cap and allow the infected person to sleep this way. The next morning, rinse thoroughly and comb with a fine-tooth comb.

* If you find it difficult to remove the mayonnaise or petroleum jelly, sprinkle baby powder or flour into the hair before washing completely.

* Anise oil is a natural insecticide, so dilute several drops with olive oil and spray on the hair to treat head lice. This can also be used to cover your hair accessories.

Miscellaneous Tips -

* Be sure to treat the bedding, stuffed animals, hats, and scarves of the infected person. These can be placed in a plastic, airtight bag for three weeks. They can also be placed in the dryer on the hottest setting for an hour.

* Utilize an over-the-counter head lice-killing spray to treat mattresses, furniture, carpets, rugs, and throw pillows. This will help to prevent re-infestation.

In conclusion, head lice are no fun and can be a royal itch in the head. By utilizing preventive measures and teaching your children never to share hairbrushes, hats, hair accessories or other items, you may be able to prevent head lice. However, if you or your child already has head lice, you can still get rid of them. Simply follow the previously mentioned head lice tips and be diligent in your removal efforts. In no time at all, you'll be lice free.
About the Author
MiShaun Taylor is a published author and owner of http://www.LouseTreatment.net. This informative website provides readers with quality information about home remedies, over-the-counter and prescription medications for treating lice. In addition, you'll also find louse and lice removal products that work.
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