Upon discovering head lice, many people seek treatment from prescription or over-the-counter products. Seeing living lice after the first treatment is disconcerting, but don't panic; you might just need a second treatment and a comprehensive approach. Thorough combing and preventative measures prevent reinfestation after a treatment.
Do Another Treatment
Most over-the-counter lice treatments recommend a second treatment after nine days. Carefully follow the directions on the packaging. Leave the treatment in the hair for as long as directed before rinsing. Change into clean clothes after rinsing.
Combing the hair with a nit comb greatly reduces the number of lice and eggs. Carefully comb all of the hair in sections from the root. Repeat the combing process every two or three days for two to three weeks to remove newly hatched lice that may cause reinfestation.
Evaluate the Treatment
After the second treatment you should evaluate whether or not the treatment is effective. Look at any lice removed from the hair with the nit comb. If the lice are mostly dead or moving slowly, the treatment is working. The treatment isn't effective if most of the lice are alive and move quickly, and you should consult your physician or try another type of treatment.
Taking preventative measures helps reduce the risk of reinfestation. Change into clean clothes after bathing. Change the bedding after every treatment and launder all bedding and clothing in hot water. Use a vacuum to clean furniture used by an infested person. If lice have affected multiple people in your household, treat everyone simultaneously.
- Photo Credit horse hair image by Wolfgang Zintl from Fotolia.com
Quickest Way to Kill Head Lice
These products will usually kill all live lice within a few days of treatment. ... A second treatment can be done a...
What Remedies Work Best That Kill Head Lice?
Head lice are common with school-age children but can affect adults too. Home remedies are safe to use, and may be necessary...
How to Wash Hair After a Lice Treatment
Head lice is common among school-age children. It doesn't indicate that a person is dirty because it's easily transferred from one person...
How to Know If You Have A Case Of Head Lice
You may think you have an itchy scalp from dandruff but it could be head lice. Here is how to tell. Other...
How to Check a Child's Hair for Lice
Symptoms of head lice include frequent head-scratching and/or the sudden appearance of dandruff-like white flecks in the hair. You may receive a...
How to Prevent Head Lice
Head lice are small parasites that live on human heads. They feed off tiny amounts of blood from the scalp. Lice attach...
How to Clean Hair Brushes & Lice
How to Clean a Hair Brush. ... Lice are common among school age children, but people of all ages can have them....