Lice are small wingless insects that feed on human blood and love to live in hairy areas. Lice are not really dangerous but are annoying, irritating, and contagious. It is interesting to note that there are 3 types of lice that can live in a human body. These include head lice, pubic lice, and body lice. In medical terminology, lice are called pediculosis, an infestation of tiny blood-feeding insects. The lice start out as nits, then convert into lymph, and then grow into adult lice which are capable to reproduce again. Thelife cycle of licelasts for approximately thirty days. If lice are kept away from human body, they can only live for 2 days. Pediculus capitis humanus is the most common type of lice which is the head lice and is most common among kids. In acute cases of head lice, infestation can be generally found in the scalp but in severe cases when left untreated, the infestation area gets bigger and can cover some parts of neck and face areas. One adult louse has 6 shaft-like legs that help in facilitating ease of movement and a better grasp on the hair. As you are aware, the most important symptom of head lice is when your child starts to violently scratch his/her head with both hands. Other symptoms and signs of severe head lice infestation include tiny red bite marks on the scalp and appearance of white nits in the hair and on the scalp.
How To Get Rid Of Lice In Hair Fast Naturally Home Remedies
Some effective allopathic anti lice treatment include use of pyrethrins like over the counter Pronto and Triple-X, use of permethrins like over the counter Nix lotion and Perlice cream and other prescription drugs including Malathion for only kids above 6 years and Lindane which includes many types of side effects. All these allopathic medications are proven to be helpful in lice treatment but carry some or other side effects and risks like Lindane can be toxic to our nervous system and some parts of our brain. Also overuse or misuse of these prescriptive and non-prescriptive drugs can cause serious problems. As head lice are most commonly found in kids, their end users are kids and you need to be very cautious with small children like two to three years of age. Application of coconut oil as a conditioner to the kid’s hair is also beneficial. Vinegar combined with any mineral oil or Johnson baby oil in equal proportions can be applied on the hair.
You have to leave this application on your kid’s scalp for an hour and then rinse off with a baby shampoo. Now comb off your kid’s hair with an antilice comb to remove all the unconscious lice and eggs from your child’s hair. Another effective and proven natural remedy to get rid of head lice is use of 15 drops of tea tree oil mixed with your kid’s regular shampoo. You can use it daily as it has no side effects with daily use. You can also mix one tablespoon of tea tree oil, three tablespoons of olive oil, and one teaspoon of eucalyptus oil with your kid’s regular shampoo like Johnson shampoo or Mother Care or any other baby shampoo. This mixture can be applied to your kid’s hair and scalp. After application of this mixture, cover your kid’s head with a plastic bag for approximately half an hour and rinse it out. This is the most important way to get rid of head lice naturally.