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What is the best way to get rid of head lice?

by Pathlie Lee Business consultant

For many parents, the very idea that their child will come home with head lice during the school year is a terrifying prospect. However, head lice infestation is common in both children and even adults. All it takes is some direct contact with another person who is carrying the parasites, and soon you or your child are itching as well.

How can you get rid of these uncomfortable little pests? Don’t worry, you don’t have to shave your head or do anything nearly as drastic. Here are some practical steps for killing and removing head lice so you can stop scratching today:

Know the Truth About Treatment

There are a lot of misconceptions about head lice treatment. Unfortunately, that can cause everything from skin irritation to injury and illness in children and - in many cases - inadequate removal of lice.

One of the most common misconceptions is that treatments should be applied again and again. This is not typically the case. Multiple treatments can lead to problems for the person experiencing lice in the first place. If initial treatments are unsuccessful, speak to a physician about follow-ups.

Likewise, most people believe that all nits must be removed in order for treatment to be successful. This isn’t always the case either. If in doubt of the effectiveness of your treatment, consult your child’s or your own doctor to ensure efficacy.

Prescription or No?

In studies conducted of parents who were faced with the task of removing lice from their children, those who opted for prescription medications for lice removal were more satisfied with the results than those who purchased over-the-counter options. The medications used in prescription preparations are far stronger and typically more effective because of it, but they are also more likely to cause irritation and other side effects.

Some of these side effects may include:

·         Dry skin

·         Itching

·         Dandruff

·         Burning of the skin

·         Irritation of the eyes, and more

Tips for Best Results with Treatment

Regardless of which type of treatment you choose for head lice for your family, follow these tips for the best possible results:

·         Wash hair before the application of treatment products.

·         Do not condition hair or use a combination of shampoo and conditioner to clean it.

·         Apply treatment products only to hair and scalp.

·         Avoid eyes and face when applying the products.

·         Follow directions on the package of medication exactly.

·         Remove the product properly and do not wash hair until one to two days afterward for maximum efficacy.

If you have questions about any step of the process, consult a physician. Always consult a medical professional before using any lice removal product - prescription or otherwise - on a child less than six months old or on a person who is pregnant or nursing. Some medications - such as Lindane- are also not advised for use by underweight, elderly, HIV-positive, or otherwise medically fragile patients. To be sure you’re getting the right treatment for your needs, always talk to your medical provider.

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About Pathlie Lee Advanced   Business consultant

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