Head Lice Cures
The louse is a very hardy and tough opponent. They are difficult to get rid of as they breed and spread so quickly. As my mom used to say there’s no shame in getting head lice. The shame comes in keeping them.
Over the counter remedies are available but not always practical to get a hold of. There are some rather strange sounding head lice remedies available around the house. Believe it or not, most are found in the kitchen.
Rid Head Lice with Mayonnaise?
If you don’t mind smelling like a bug and cheese sandwich, mayonnaise is one of the most commonly recommended head lice cures. In order for this to be effective, the mayo has to be worked into the hair and allowed to sit for at least two hours.
A few of the other alternatives to mayonnaise are:
- Olive Oil
- How bout some Peanut butter? Smooth, not crunchy!
- Tea Tree oil based remedies
Some head lice cures can have an adverse effect on infants and small children, so a little research should be done before any remedy is applied.
Head Lice Eggs
Eggs are also a concern.
While the adult bugs can be killed, leaving the eggs intact will often result in a re-infestation once they hatch.
Killing or getting rid of the eggs has to be part of any regime in relation to killing head lice.
Head Lice Combs
Head lice combs are fine toothed combs similar to flea combs that are used on your dog or cat. The comb goes through the hair and literally rake the bugs out. Using the combs can take a lot of time and effort to be effective, but they do work.
For someone with long or thick hair, this can be a bit of a hardship and in convenience. It would be a good idea for a hair cut to make it easier to get rid of the lice. I know. Some people just don’t realize that the hair will grow back in not time.
Some other alternatives to this method can be found. Many options are inexpensive and affordable. Home remedies are also available that have proven to be quite effective.
Head Lice Prevention
Prevention is one of the best of head lice cures. Although sometimes we just can’t help picking up these little devils. Some things you should avoid are:
- Trying on hats in stores
- Sharing Combs and brushes
- Sleeping in a bed that has been slept in by someone who has head lice.
- Sharing Pillows or blankets
- Hats, scarfs
- Furniture made from porous fibers
- Camping gear such as sleeping bags and even tents that have been used recently
- Vehicles with cloth covered interiors
Schools are one of the biggest contamination sites for Head Lice. Actually any public place where people frequent can be a source for picking up the little hitch hikers. Public Lockers, gyms, restaurants and clubs are a few places.
Getting head lice can still happen to any of us. It’s how quickly we react that will make the difference.
Signs & Symptoms of Head Lice Infestation
- Itchy head/scalp (generally worse behind the ears and neck)
- Nits stuck to hair
- Dirtier than normal pillows
- Lice in the hair
Realistically, kids are prone to picking up the little critters at school. Before you know it, they are itching and scratching their heads.
The best thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings and alert to the signs of head lice.
No matter how many precautions you take, lice are quick to move in and start multiplying.
If you find some louse invading your home and family, take immediate action to prevent them from spreading.