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Get Rid of Head Lice

Summary: It may not carry the negtative stigma that it once did, but that does not mean you don't want to get rid of head lice as quickly as possible once they are discovered on your head or the heads of your children.

Having head lice does not carry the negative stigma that it used to. It's very easy to get, and it has become epidemic in schools. These little buggers are really mobile and when one person gets them, and that person gets close to another person's clothing or hair, the lice move and set up camp on the head. If they go untreated, the person's head will become infested and can get a bacterial infection caused by scratching. This can be cleared up by asking your doctor for a topical antibiotic.

Intense itching is the number one symptom of lice infestation, but sometimes you can feel them moving. Lice can also cause a slight burning or tingling sensation. One of the best ways to detect head lice is to check the nape of the neck and behind the ears of the person who is showing these symptoms. These seem to be favorite spots for lice to lay their precious little bundles of joy, called nits. Nits can range in color from white to a grayish color depending on the stage of the larva, and look like little grains of rice. One way to tell if you are looking at larva or dry scalp is that dry scalp comes off easily. Nits are glued to the hair by the louse, (adult lice). You actually have to pull them off the strand of hair.

Many people feel that they have to use a head lice shampoo or a specialized head lice treatment, but these are not necessary. They are expensive and they are one reason that lice have become so prevalent. Lice have shown resistance to the pesticides that are supposed to kill them. If you feel the need to use these products, though, don't forget to read and follow the instructions just as they are labeled. Probably the best way to get rid of lice, is to suffocate them by coating your hair with a lot of mayonnaise, or some really cheap conditioner, and then covering the coated hair with a plastic bag (Hair, not heads, We're clear on that, right?). Leave the bag on the coated hair for 30 to 45 minutes, and then wash it out. You will want to use a lice comb immediately and comb through the hair. The teeth on lice combs are close together so lice can't get through. Sometimes the lice are resilient, and will only be stunned for a short period of time. This is the best time to get them out of the hair. Put the lice in a bowl of hot water and flush them down the toilet when you are done.

Next, go through the hair looking at each strand and pull off the nits. Nits are lice eggs. You will need to put your fingernails above the nit and pull down the length of the hair until the nit has been removed. Put the nits in the water, too.

Bag up all stuffed animals and things that can't be washed. Isolate those items in black plastic bags for two weeks. Be sure to wash all bedding and clothing.

Twice a day comb through hair to make sure you didn't miss a nit. Don't panic if you find one. Just flush it, recheck the hair for any more nits, and keep combing until you have gone two weeks without finding any new lice.

Having head lice has absolutely nothing to do with cleanliness. It runs rampantly through schools and if somebody's child gets it, their parents can get it, as well. An infested person comes to work, brushes up against you walking down the hall, and viola, you now have lice. With these easy steps your household will be lice free again in no time. By the way, just like people can't get fleas, animals can't get lice.

Keep your kids home from school if they get lice until you are able to treat them. You will save some other family from having to go through the same thing.

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