My 3 daughters and I had lice not long ago. It was a nightmare! I finally took them to a lice specialist and paid lots of money, but in 2 hours they did what I had been trying to do for 5 days. You don't need to spend all the money I did, though. The key is to find the right lice comb. The cheap plastic ones in the drugstore kits are worthless. The Terminator or Licemeister work wonders! We had such a bad outbreak at the school and nothing was working for anyone. Even our principal and her daughter got it. But everyone who got the Terminator was back to school in a day or two, with no nits, while those who didn't were gone for almost a week. You can find these combs online or at some kids salons. They aren't cheap, but it's cheaper than the money I spent tryng everything else.
I tried many ways and finally found the method! Denorex shampoo. Make sure it is the one with coal tar in it. It stinks but it does the trick. Even rids nits without combing. About 7 dollars at Walmart, if not found there, buy at Walgreen's. Worth every penny! You will get wonderful relief and be so thankful for this stuff!
Google this shampoo and you will get wonderful testimonies from others who tried everything before and couldn't solve the problem until they discovered Denorex!
I'm out to spread the word! :>)
There is a shampoo that the doctor can prescribe to you. Also make sure that you wash your bedding and anyone else that has long hair in the house should also take preventative measures, since they jump from head to head.
The "mother lice" is a black small odd shaped thing (that you may never see, since it moves around) and lays clear eggs at the scalp of the head. Since the eggs are clear, they are difficult to see, but not impossible. If you find one egg, it is more than likely there will be other eggs in that same area. The way to kill the eggs is to pop the eggs in between your fingers (you will definitely hear them crack).
Don't forget that you have to wash all bedding and blankets in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Pillows and stuffed toys should be sprayed with a pesticide and put in sealed plastic bags for a few days, then aired thoroughly. Otherwise, they will keep coming back!
My niece had head lice while I was pregnant and gave it to me. Well I didn't have any money at the time so an old trick that I was thought was to put mayonnaise in my hair. Now remember I was pregnant so it doesn't have any bad smell. Also its not expensive.
Olive oil. Work into hair down to the scalp. Cover with a shower cap. Leave on while sleeping. Wash out. Dawn dish detergent does well getting it out. May have to wash multiple times. Usually best to wait 2 days and do it again. Leaves the hair shiny and soft. No harsh chemicals (that don't work) and the school nurse recommended it.
A few years ago, five out of six of us got a case of lice (from a special splurge to go to the movie theater!) After much frustration, the others in the family got rid of theirs with combing lice out & over the counter items to get rid of lice. For me, the only thing that worked was to color my hair! The chemicals there took care of the lice. (the one who didn't get lice? She had very long thick hair! She prayed that she wouldn't get it & she didn't!)
How can I get rid of head lice?
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 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)
I heard that shampoo for cats gets rid of head lice, is this true?
By mhatfield from Chillicothe, MO
The school nurse said to use conditioner on dry hair and leave it for an hour. This works if there is not a bad problem. I did the kids hair every day for a month with conditioner. I got the conditioner from the dollar store so it did not break me. Make sure that the hair down to the roots is covered with conditioner. Glitz (05/12/2009)
Here's a cheap, non-toxic and easy solution involving vinegar, mineral oil and plastic wrap.
This March we had a bout of head lice in our household. I tried the expensive over-the-counter chemical laden stuff for $20 bucks a bottle (and we needed four, one for each person in the household). After two applications and days on end of scalding sheets, sweeping furniture and floors, putting stuffed animals into bags, and obsessively combing for nits. It didn't work. I could have screamed.
But, wouldn't you know it, after all of that what worked was a simple and dirt cheap remedy I found on a website run by a pediatrician. He said it's 100% effective. I was skeptical, but I'm not anymore.
Here's what you do:
Note: I had to shampoo several times to get out all the oil, but it worked like a charm. The instructions I read said after the final shampoo comb out any remaining nits. I'm happy to report that even though I did a thorough inspection, I couldn't find a single nit after just a single dose of this homemade remedy. I kept checking for several weeks, but the nasty vermin never returned. I couldn't be more thrilled with the results. Good luck. (05/18/2009)
By Mrs. V
By Frank J.
Does anyone know of successful treatment for head lice? Any information at all would be appreciated. ASAP
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. (08/13/2009)
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
I have had them before and now I do again. It is so frustrating. My scalp really hurts when I scratch it. It bleeds and I am concerned I will get an infection. I tried the treatment, but it did not work. Please help.
Other than that, here is a way I got rid of lice from my girls who got it from an extracurricular activity: It is very simple. For the next 3 weeks, every time you shampoo you hair in the tub or shower, use Dawn first and let it sit about 3 minutes and rinse it out.
The most important thing is to have a metal lice comb. Flea combs are too large and the plastic ones they give you in the products you buy are not good or effective. I would buy about 4 lice combs and put them in each room with a roll of toilet paper and a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol. Then when you comb out your hair, and you don't really have to comb all the way down since they will be within two inches of the scalp, I do because it makes my hair look prettier. This way anytime you want and about three times a day anyway, comb through your hair with it and get those little suckers.
For the treatment time, I used the lice comb everyday about 4 times and then an extra 6 times. I bought one that had a magnifying glass on it. Every time you go into the bathroom, comb through your hair with a lice comb. You can have a little bowl of soapy water, and you will be able to see the lice and nits come out. Each time you think of your hair or each time you have an itch. Lice comb your hair. I actually like these combs, they are great.
With repeated shampoos with Dawn, letting it sit for 2 minutes or so, shampooing with regular shampoo and lice combing 6 or 7 times a day for three weeks or so should do it.
I would wash all my clothes and bedsheets and whatever with Dawn, and spray with rubbing alcohol everything else you are near.
The main thing in treating lice is not the stuff you put on the hair to kill lice, it is combing them out, both the lice and the nits. Hope this helps. (12/15/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Secondly, do not wait the ten days the package says before re-treating your hair. They will already be on round #2 by then. Retreat your hair at seven days, for about three weeks. While the solution is in your hair, brush through with your hairbrush or comb, and let the solution sit in the brush while you treat your hair.
Also, steady comb through with the nit comb while the solution is in. Not like normal combing, but pull the section straight out from your head, lay the nit comb flat against your scalp, and push it up against the hair as you go straight out from your head.
Now, the lawn and garden center has a concentrate by Ortho and other manufacturers for aphids on roses, this stuff is exactly the same stuff that is in your lice shampoo. Wash everything that has come into contact with your head. Take the couch cushion covers off and wash them with detergent and the aphid solution, seal the foam rubber cushions in large lawn and leaf bags, and then put the clean covers back on over the cushions. Same with throw pillows, bed pillows, coats, scarves, etc. Put the aphid solution in your carpet shampooer and have at it.
Don't forget your car interior, if it is cloth, put plastic bags over the seats and head rests for at least two weeks. Lice can't live long unless they can feed. Then check the kids, their friend's heads, and anyone else who may be re-introducing the lice back into the house.
I know all of this may seem extreme, but when our six children were little and lice shampoo had to be bought out of pocket, they all decided to play lice merry-go-round, and this is how I stopped it, once and for all. Anything less, and your are wasting your time and money-they will come back. Good luck (12/20/2009)
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