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Home Remedies For Lice: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

What is the remedy about?

Lice are a parasite that requires human blood to survive. These small termites usually live on the scalp of your head. They can also be found near the ears, on your eyelashes, eyebrows, the rest of your body and even in the pubic hair. These lice lay eggs and spread from person to person, by crawling from one head to another.

There are many ways to treat head lice and it is even possible to get rid of them completely. The home remedies that are effective in treating head lice are as follows:

  • Get rid of your lice by oiling your hair with coconut, almond or olive oil and comb away the lice with a fine toothed comb. Part the hair into small sections and go through it with a fine comb, washing away the ice under hot water. You can soak the comb in bleach or vinegar, for ten minutes after using it. Then shampoo your hair and wash thoroughly. Follow this procedure, every day for two weeks or until the lice have gone.
  • Another home remedy for getting rid of lice involves slathering mayonnaise all over the scalp. Keep it in your hair for 30 minutes and then wash thoroughly with hot water and shampoo. After washing your hair, section it into small bunches and go through it with a nit comb. This is to ensure that the eggs are removed, and you are completely rid of the lice.
  • Essential oils such as tea tree oil, neem oil, and lavender oil have been effective in treating head lice. Use the essential oil with caution, since some people can be allergic to it. To make this remedy, take three tablespoons of olive oil and add 5 to 10 drops of an essential oil to it. Message this solution to your scalp for around 12 hours and then shampoo your hair. While it is still wet, comb out the lice with a fine-tooth comb.

Are there any side effects?

Generally, there are not much side effects when you use natural home remedies for lice. However, it is possible for some people to have an allergy to an essential oil. It is important to try a few drops on your skin before using this remedy, if there is any itching or a reaction, discontinue the use of this remedy and contact your doctor. It is also possible for your hair to have an undesirable reaction, to the mayonnaise. Although this problem might only occur if you use store bought mayonnaise that contains harsh preservatives. Some people are allergic to almond oil and this might cause them to have a reaction to it. Thus, while these are rare occurrences, it is advisable to practice caution while using these home remedies for lice.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

After starting treatment for lice with these home remedies, it is important to keep your hair, clothes, bed sheets, pillowcase and everything that you use very clean. Make sure that you use a fresh pillowcase, bed sheet and clean clothes, in order for these remedies to be effective. Wash your old clothes in hot water. It is important to keep your distance from other people who might have lice, in order to prevent a recurrence of lice. Wash your hair regularly and continue to use these remedies, until the lice have been eliminated.

How long does it take to recover?

For this home remedy to be effective, use it twice within two weeks. However, you will have to continue this treatment until even the nits or eggs of the lice have been removed completely. After around two weeks of treatment, you will get rid of the lice.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

These home remedies are efficient and can help you get rid of a lice infestation. However, lice spread very easily from one person to another, and hence, this condition can recur. You can continue to use these home remedies to treat lice whenever they recur.

Is there any training or experts required?

Anyone can use these home remedies for treating lice since they are simple and made from natural ingredients. These ingredients can easily be found in stores and you do not need any special training to use these remedies. Although, while using these remedies make sure you take precautionary steps, to avoid an allergic reaction or a rash.

Effectiveness: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time for Recovery: Low Price Range :

Approximately Rs 100- Rs 500

Training Requirement:

In general, home remedy treatments for lice can be used without any consultation from an expert.

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Head Lice - How You can Treat Them?

Senior Residency, DNB - Dermatology Venereology & Leprosy , MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Head Lice - How You can Treat Them?

‘Head lice’ are insects that feed on the blood of your scalp. This condition usually affects children and is moderately contagious. Contrary to popular belief, head lice does not occur due to poor personal hygiene.

The symptoms of head lice are:

1. Presence of lice on scalp: Lice are small insects that are usually hard to spot. But their infestation can be felt because you experience intense itching on the scalp.

2. Itching: There will be intense itching on the scalp and the neck. This itching occurs due to the saliva secretion by the lice that the skin is allergic to. Usually, the itching starts after 3 to 6 weeks of infestation.

3. Lice eggs: The lice eggs stick to the shafts of the hair. They are very hard to spot as they are small and well camouflaged.

What can be the reasons behind their infestation

This condition is contagious; apart from direct contact with the scalp of an infected person, this condition can also spread if you happen to share the below mentioned items with an infected person:

1. Brushes

2. Hats

3. Headphones

4. Towels

5. Pillows

6. Accessories for the hair

The treatments for hair lice are:

1. Over- the counter (OTC) products: OTC products are made from ‘pyrethrin’, a compound extracted from the ‘chrysanthemum’ flower. ‘Pyrethrin’ works as an insecticidal compound and it is advised to use these medications only after washing your hair with a shampoo. Vinegar may also be used to loosen the nits from the hair shafts.

2. Prescription medications: Certain medications can also be prescribed by the doctor, such as benzyl alcohol and lindane.

Certain home remedies for head lice include:

1. Essential oils: Apply oils such as Anise oil or tea tree on the scalp; these oils act as toxins for the lice.

2. Wet combing: This is a method wherein the wet hair is combed using a fine toothed comb to remove the nits and the lice. Repeat the procedure for 3-4 days every week. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist and ask a free question.

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Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Head Lice

MD - Skin,VD & Lepxsy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Rewari
Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Head Lice

‘Head lice’ are insects that feed on the blood of your scalp. This condition usually affects children and is moderately contagious. Contrary to popular belief, head lice does not occur due to poor personal hygiene.

The symptoms of head lice are:

1. Presence of lice on scalp: Lice are small insects that are usually hard to spot. But their infestation can be felt because you experience intense itching on the scalp.

2. Itching: There will be intense itching on the scalp and the neck. This itching occurs due to the saliva secretion by the lice that the skin is allergic to. Usually, the itching starts after 3 to 6 weeks of infestation.

3. Lice eggs: The lice eggs stick to the shafts of the hair. They are very hard to spot as they are small and well camouflaged.

What can be the reasons behind their infestation

This condition is contagious; apart from direct contact with the scalp of an infected person, this condition can also spread if you happen to share the below-mentioned items with an infected person:

1. Brushes

2. Hats

3. Headphones

4. Towels

5. Pillows

6. Accessories for the hair

The treatments for hair lice are:

1. Over- the counter (OTC) products: OTC products are made from ‘pyrethrin’, a compound extracted from the ‘chrysanthemum’ flower. ‘Pyrethrin’ works as an insecticidal compound and it is advised to use these medications only after washing your hair with a shampoo. Vinegar may also be used to loosen the nits from the hair shafts.

2. Prescription medications: Certain medications can also be prescribed by the doctor, such as benzyl alcohol and lindane.

Certain home remedies for head lice include:

1. Essential oils: Apply oils such as Anise oil or tea tree on the scalp; these oils act as toxins for the lice.

2. Wet combing: This is a method wherein the wet hair is combed using a fine toothed comb to remove the nits and the lice. Repeat the procedure for 3-4 days every week. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am 16 years old and How to naturally remove lice from hair please suggest something that works for it. Please.

M.B.S.(HOMEO), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Visakhapatnam
Coat your hair thoroughly with mayonnaise. Cover it tightly with plastic or a shower cap. ... Leave it on for a minimum of five to six hours. Wash your hair well with your regular shampoo. Dry your hair using a hair dryer as the hot air ensures the lice are dead. Use a nit comb to remove the lice and nits.
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I am of 17 years, I have got lice with its eggs in my head and they are multiplied in a good quantity so please suggest me some home remedy or some less expensive medicine which is available in India. Thank you.

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), MBBS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
You apply IVREA shampoo on scalp and after 10 minutes wash with water. You may repeat after one week.

How to avoid head lice. I am taking all measures such as not sharing of things, head bath twice, killing adult lice, etc. But they are coming frequently on my head. How to avoid it permanently. Also, tell me which SLS free natural shampoo must be better to have silky, shiny smooth hair. My hair is little dry.

DHB
Homeopath, Sagar
Your problem is not only lice in your head, but it is the proneness of your body for parasitical infestation which allows parasites like lice to grow on your head this can be solved by Homoeopathic treatment.
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What is the remedy about?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-remedy guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
Are the results of the remedy permanent?
Is there any training or experts required?
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