Knowing How To Get Rid Of Lice Is Important
Head lice and body lice are two completely different species as body lice will prefer laying their eggs on clothing instead of on the body. They also carry many diseases such as trench fever, bubonic plague and louse borne typhus. Head lice on the other hand are small little parasites that are unable to survive if they do not have a host. The host in all cases are human beings. They thrive in the hair and on the scalp and lay their eggs on the hair shaft by attaching it with a special secretion that the female produces. Learning how to get rid of lice need not be a terrifying process although it can take a few applications before one is deemed clean.
The life cycle all starts with the eggs which are referred to as lice nits. They are glued to the shaft of the hair about half a centimetre from the scalp. All the nits have a protective shell which makes them rather resistant to many products that one uses. These could be anything from essential oils, pesticides as well as products that are intended to suffocate them. In nearly all instances one will need to give additional treatment so as to stop the unaffected eggs from hatching.
About one week after the eggs are hatched the nymph will emerge and will need to stay as close as possible to the scalp as this is their only means of nourishment. It will take about twelve days from them to grow into an adult and this is when they are able to reproduce. The adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed and are light in colour making it difficult to see them against the colour of the scalp. They are then able to move further up the hair shaft and this is when they are able to move from one brush or hat to another person. This is also when they are easier to comb out of the hair before they attach themselves with their glue. They can live up to thirty days on their host and females are able to lay about three to four eggs each day. This roughly adds up to about eighty eight eggs during their life span.
It is possible to have lice and be unaware of it. Others might get the sensation that something is moving through their hair or even a slight tickling sensation. Others might get an allergic reaction to their bit as they produce a substance that causes clotting. If this happens they will experience horrible itching that never seems to go away. If one is unsure it is advisable to ask someone to check and if it is positive it is important to have the rest of the family checked as well. It can be a vicious cycle is one goes through the whole process, only to find that someone else in the home has an infestation and passes it back.
Nits or the eggs are the most difficult to get rid of and the most effective way is by using a lice comb. It does not kill them but the teeth are very close together and are effective in pulling off the majority of the eggs. It will take a lot of time to obliterate all of them but once they have all been removed there is no chance of them reproducing.
An effective method that many are using is AirAlle’ and is known to kill up to ninety nine point two percent of all eggs in a single one hour treatment. Its previously known name was LouseBuster and many professionals use this method as it is fast, very effective and most importantly safe. This method will dehydrate the eggs by using temperature, airflow as well as time and technique.
Studies done with over five hundred people have shown that it is nontoxic and very successful. When going for this treatment it will take about one hour and this includes the post treatment of combing out the eggs. This method is not safe for any young child that is four years old or younger. This is due to the fact that at this age they are unable to communicate if there is any pain due to temperature or discomfort.
Anyone who has previously had radiation of the head in the last six months should avoid this treatment as well as those that have head wounds, or any sort of skin and scalp abnormalities. Those with cranial and facial implants are advised to also use alternate methods. It is best if one has untangled hair that can be easily combed and free of all conditioners, gels, creams or oil containing products for it to be most effective.
If there is an outbreak at school one must tell the child that they must not share any personal belongings with their friends. When children play it is natural for them to put their heads close to one another this is when the risk of transferring from one person to another is the greatest. This is especially if the nymphs have just hatched and are climbing up the hair shaft and are not anchored on the hair itself.
Lice seem to be around more in the warmer months and when the school reports an infestation one should immediately try take some precautionary measures with the whole family. Inspect the child’s hair and scalp for any small white eggs as well as any movement on the scalp. Pay close attention to the coats, scarves and clothing that have been worn within the last forty eight hours.
If there are lice it is important to keep their towels as well as pillow cases and bedding clean. These items should be washed in hot soapy water daily and separate from the rest of the family’s articles. A natural remedy that is available in kitchen cupboards is vinegar. Add one quarter cup warm vinegar with one quarter cup salt and apply to the hair liberally. Leave until dry and rinse out with warm water.