How can I get rid of head lice?
You can purchase meds over the counter at a local drug store. But I don't like to use that method more than once.
We had a terrible problem with lice until a teacher at the school recommended Zero Lice. We found it online at a health store and it was slightly pricey, but worth every penny. One treatment killed and removed the lice and nits (with comb) and the second treatment a week later made sure they didn't come back. I would recommend this over any other treatment from someone who suffered for years. (11/14/2006)
I have used mayonnaise in the same manner too. Apply to hair, wrap with plastic and let sit. Wash through. The lice can't stick to the hair if it's oily. Don't forget to keep combing! (11/14/2006)
Use a lice shampoo when lice are detected, then again 7 days later. Get a high wattage light (I have an automotive light), stick the infested person under the light (w/ a fan on if it's too hot), put in a movie & inspect and lice comb their hair every night. If you do this, it will be gone in a week. If you don't, the problem could recur over and over if you miss a few of them.
I have 3 daughters, the oldest has thick hair almost to her waist. I section the hair into about 6-9 sections and work on a small bit at a time, inspecting and removing nits. Use conditioner before nit combing to make the combing easier. Also, the combing really doesn't do much. It actually works better to strip off the nit with your fingernails. Wash bedding (to include stuffed animals) and do regular laundry to coincide w/ the lice shampooing and vacuum the areas. Also, wash car seat covers or spray with lice spray. You don't have to go crazy w/ cleaning, the lice won't live long if they're not on a head. The majority of your work time should be spent checking for and removing nits. And pets don't carry lice so you don't have to worry about them. (11/14/2006)
I have used every product on the market for lice. The only thing that has worked for me is a special nit comb, that I use on the children every night. It takes out the lice and the eggs. (11/15/2006)
I would recommend the Licemeister Comb. It's sold at most drug stores and online. It cost about $14. It is the old fashioned metal comb that will get every nit and lice. It also is not disposable so well worth the investment. Before I got this comb I was at wits end. I tried the Nix and the first time it killed the live lice. I rechecked like you were supposed to and lo and behold more lice. I applied again and it didn't even phase them. My daughter also has the baby fine dishwater blond hair that lice love. I researched on the internet and found the comb. It worked wonderful. I went through her hair every night for a week, by this time I was paranoid and it took care of it.
There is also a product called neon nits that you can spray on their hair and it makes the nits easier to see. Don't forget to treat your house and cars. Wash any and everything you can. Put everything else in thick garbage bags and leave them there for two weeks to kill anything. Also don't forget your car. Vacuum really well. The school nurse recommended that we get rid of the coat she wore that had the fuzzy fur around it. The lice can travel that way. Good luck. (02/05/2007)
One thing that has worked well for me, when my little girl had so many nits I didn't know what to do, is blow drying the hair after you go through it. It will help loosen any nits you may have missed. And bugs don't like extreme heat, so it will help loosen them from the scalp if you missed any. (11/03/2007)
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