Does anyone know of successful treatment for head lice? Any information at all would be appreciated. ASAP
When I was little the people in my town used diluted kerosene to rinse the hair. Obviously you have to be very careful.
No matter what you use on the hair, you have to get rid of the lice eggs. They do not die with the shampoos and treatment, only the live bugs die this way. This can only be done by taking the time to pick them out of the hair of the infested person. Take the day off of work, it is a laborious process, but if you don't do that you will never get rid of them. The eggs look like tiny little translucent teardrops and are at the hair root, mostly near the neck and ears. You need a special comb, because they are very sticky.
The only thing that worked for me (when I got them from trying on a hat at a second-hand store) was NIX, the cream rinse that kills the lice and also kills the nits (eggs). It's sold in all the drug stores. Just ask the pharmacist. Don't use any other over-the-counter products, but "NIX". Others don't kill the lice eggs. (08/13/2009)
Nix is the only one that works. I asked my pharmacist and he said doctors will write prescriptions for Nix, never Rid or the other ones.
Also buy several lice combs, not flea combs, and every time you feel an itch, comb it out. There is a lice zapper comb, but I am not sure how good it works. The eggs are the hardest to get out of the hair.
Put pillows in plastic bag for two weeks. Or spray them with furniture lice spray. Comb and then comb again.
The metal brushes work well. I like doing a Dawn dish washing treatment to kill lice. First I spray on detangler or conditioner mixed with water, or just comb conditioner through hair. Rinse, partially dry, then comb lice eggs and lice out of hair. Rinse and wash with Dawn and leave it on without rinsing for about 5-7 minutes, then rinse out and pour apple cider vinegar over hair. Then go ahead and shampoo hair as usual and condition it.
You have to keep doing this. If the Nix doesn't work then go to the doctor to get a stronger prescription. Lice are getting immune to some of the treatments, Nix is the only one that works. I do this all the time, even when they don't have any, I still comb their hair with a lice comb. I like the way the lice comb makes my hair have more body.
You have to keep combing every day and make sure you don't forget to do it after or before you wash your hair every time. Don't keep using the store brand over and over. Go to the doctor and get a prescription if the lice are not responding to any home remedies.
Don't do Nix and Dawn at the same time. That might be too much for your hair.
Also, see earthclinic.com
By Robyn Fed
Use Nix from the drug store and buy lice combs. Wash all bedding and clothing in the hottest water possible. For items not washable, place in a garbage bag and freeze for a few days. To avoid lice again add tea tree oil to your shampoo and conditioner, just a few drops. (08/14/2009)
Absolutely douse the hair with mayonnaise and cover for several hours with a shower cap or such. This is what you will find on google. It's an old tried and true method. Once the lice are gone, do this once a month for grown up hair and it's amazing. (08/18/2009)
The "zapper" comb alluded to in an another post is called a Robi Comb and it works. It cost me about $20.00 at a Walgreen drug store. It can also be found online. It was a life saver when my daughter was in grade school. A one time investment, no chemicals, less crying, get one of these, you will never regret it. (08/18/2009)
When I was a kid there was an out break in my elementary school. The only thing that worked is a prescription shampoo, a special comb, and hours of work for my mom for a week. Wash all bedding, toys, disinfect mattresses, and couches. When you comb through sit a chair on a white sheet and get to work. It's really hard work, and you need to recheck for at least a week to make sure you got all the eggs. Contrary to popular belief lice like clean hair better than dirty hair and getting lice is not due to bad hygiene. (08/20/2009)
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