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How to deal with head lice?

If your child (or anyone else for that matter) gets head lice, it is in your best interest to start treatment right away. Left untreated, the infestation can get worse and spread to other people. However, what is just as important as starting treatment is to get the right treatment. An ineffective treatment basically equates to no treatment at all. Natural products have been touted as the safer way to treat head lice, but do they actually get the job done?

What Are Head Lice?

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Head lice are tiny parasitic insects that infest human heads of hair. Head lice are unique to humans, Pediculus humanus capitis, can only infect humans, meaning your animals are safe and cannot become infested as well. These insects cannot fly or jump but are still incredibly contagious. They primarily spread via direct head to head contact, but can also spread on items like hats, scarves, towels, bedding, and even furniture.

Head lice do not spread disease, but are really a nuisance and need to be treated immediately. Children are most susceptible to head lice, with 6 to 12 infestations occurring each year among children aged 3 to 11. Head lice infest heads of hair and also lay their eggs, called nits, in hair as well. They attach themselves close to the scalp, as that is their food source. 

Typical Treatment

Typical treatment involves using chemicals like permethrin, pyrethrum, and lindane to get rid of the head lice and nits. These treatment shampoos and conditioners are readily available at drug stores and grocery stores, but their effectiveness is dwindling. Due to the high usage of these products, head lice have developed a resistance to the most common chemicals.

In addition to these products becoming less efficient, these products are filled with chemicals and pesticides, something you never want to expose your children to. This has led to an increasing call to use natural treatments instead. But, many people wonder if these treatments will actually do the job.

What Natural Treatment Options Are There?

There are many natural treatments for head lice, but they can be broken down into two primary categories. The first category is that of home remedies. These typical household ingredients and items are said to help destroy or prevent people from getting head lice. The other group is certain head lice treatments that are made of only natural ingredients. Let’s discuss each group.

Home Remedies

Home remedies are tempting, as they are comprised of items you likely already have at your house. People claim that things like olive oil, garlic, coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar (just to name a few) are effective at removing head lice. While these products may work to essentially suffocate and get rid of the head lice, you still have to use other methods, such as a lice comb, to remove all of the head lice by hand. This can turn into a tiring process, as head lice are incredibly small and not always easy to find, especially in a large head of hair.

If you happen to miss a living head louse, you will end up having to start all over again. Considering how tiring it is to treat someone and clean the entire house and all clothing, bedding, and towels to make sure all the head lice are gone, it may not be worth the risk of using a home remedy.

Natural Treatment Shampoos and Conditioners

Another option available to use is a particular product that is comprised of only natural ingredients. These products do not contain synthesized chemicals or pesticides, but instead, use natural ingredients to destroy the head lice and nits. Because these products are directly aimed at getting rid of head lice, they tend to be much more efficient than using home remedies.

These natural treatments have another advantage as well, and that is that head lice cannot develop a resistance to them. If your child is prone to head lice, you do not have to worry about this type of treatment losing its effectiveness, and you also don’t have to worry about the side effects chemicals might have!

Wrapping Up

Getting head lice is certainly not fun, but thankfully you have plenty of treatment options. While chemical treatments used to be the standard for treatment, today we recognize the danger we might be putting ourselves and our children in by exposing ourselves to these harmful chemicals. As their effectiveness decreases, it also drives home the point that chemical treatments are no longer the way to go.

Instead, natural options will serve you much better both concerning effectiveness and safety. While home remedies may do the job, you are better off with a natural treatment option specifically designed for destroying head lice. Keep this advice in mind, and you’ll be lice free in no time.

*This article has been provided by the ClearLice team, a brand specialized in treating head lice with natural products.

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