Head lice seem to be more prevalent in schools every year. Infestations are highly contagious and can be contracted without even touching a person who has head lice. It can be a difficult problem to get rid of and may require several treatments. There are a number of ways to treat head lice. Choosing the option that works best for you may take some trial and error. Lice can become immune to treatments; so if they continue to recur, switching treatments may be the answer.
Things You'll Need
- Lice shampoo such as Rid
- Nit comb
- Lice spray for furniture
- Hot water
- Large plastic bags
- Shower cap
Treating With Lice Shampoo
Wash your hair with a shampoo designed to kill lice. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Some shampoos' usage instructions vary slightly, so always read the directions before beginning.
It is recommended that you treat each person in the household for head lice in order to prevent re-infestation.
Divide the hair into small sections and begin combing through one section with a nit comb.
After several swipes through this section of hair, rinse the comb in hot water.
Comb through other sections of the hair as above.
Repeat the shampooing and combing for nits at least twice to ensure that all head lice are fully removed.
Now you need to spray all furniture and carpeting in your home with an insecticide spray made for lice treatment. Spray items thoroughly.
Wash your bedding in very hot water, and dry in a clothes dryer.
Also wash all stuffed animals and other soft toys, or enclose them in closed plastic bags for a month.
Make a solution of hot water and bleach, and soak any hats, hair accessories and brushes in it.
Check periodically for the next few weeks for nits and lice in your hair. Repeat treatment as necessary.
Home Remedy for Treating Head Lice
One natural alternative for treating head lice is to cover your hair completely in mayonnaise. Be sure to soak every strand.
Now cover your mayonnaise-filled hair with a plastic shower cap and allow to sit for two hours. This treatment works by smothering the lice and eggs to kill them.
Remove the shower cap and shampoo your hair. You may need to wash your hair several times to get all the mayonnaise out.
Now rinse your hair in vinegar. Vinegar dissolves the "glue" that secures head lice eggs to your hair, so it's easier to comb the nits out.