Head lice are very common problem with preschool and school children. Head lice are tiny parasites which survive in our hair and feed on the blood which they get from the human scalp. Girls contract head lice more often than boys and women contract more head lice than men. Lice doesn’t have wings so they cannot jump from one head to another but head to head contact while playing, sleeping can lead to the transfer of lice from one head to another. Head lice can also be contracted from one person to another by usage of their hats, scarves, coats or hair ribbons.
Although head lice does not harm the human beings but if untreated for a very long time can lead to itchiness, soreness on the head and embarrassment.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAD LICE:
1.Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair.
3.Itching on the neck, ear and ears
4.Sores and scabs on the head caused by scratching
HOW DOES ONE GET HEAD LICE:
Personal hygiene has nothing to do with head lice. Anyone can become infected with head lice. Lice are very contagious. It can spread from one person in the family to almost all the people living in a family, this can happen by sharing the same pillow, comb or towel. If you do no take immediate measures to curb head lice it reproduces very quickly and their numbers manifold in no time.
NATURAL HOME REMEDIES TO CURB HEAD LICE:
1.COCONUT OIL AND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
Coconut oil is mild and lubricating so using this on your hair will get the lice slip off your head while combing. Wash your hair with apple cider vinegar. After drying massage your hair with coconut oil let it stay overnight and in the morning wash it off as usual. Repeat the same for seven days for effective results.
Salt is another great home remedy to kill head lice. Mix salt and vinegar and apply this mixture all over your hair and wash it off after an hour. It is sure to kill the lice just after one wash. Use this remedy twice a week to see better results.
3.GARLIC AND LIME JUICE:
Garlics strong smell can suffocate lice. The best way to use this remedy is grind 8 garlic cloves and mix them well with 2-3 teaspoon of lime juice. Apply the mixture to the scalp and after half an hour thoroughly rinse it with warm water. As there is a chance of garlic smell to prevail on the hair, shampoo your hair to get rid of the smell.
4. NEEM OIL:
Neem oil is a natural insecticide. Neem oil is one of the best natural remedy to get rid of head lice. Prepare your own natural neem shampoo by adding several teaspoons of neem oil to your shampoo and use it regularly to see effective results.
Almond oil is available at every home and it is the most effective remedy as it suffocates lice, slowing them down to make them easier to remove with a comb. Apply almond oil all over your hair and separate your hair into smaller sections also make sure that your comb is frequently rinsed in hot water. After combing your hair shampoo and rinse twice, Use this remedy every day for almost a week. Thoroughly clean the comb and towel used to wipe your hair.
Another important tip to prevent head lice is wash brush and combs daily in hot water to dislodge lice. Also change towels, sheets and pillowcases daily. Also take better care to see that sealed items that are non-washable and touched the head should be kept in plastic bags. Once diagnosed with head lice it is better to treat effectively. Always consult a health care professional if one needs advice.
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