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What is Head Lice ?

Home Remedies for head liceHead lice (also called pediculosis) are described as small, parasitic, wingless insects that inhabit your hair and scalp. Very often head lice are clearly visible near the ears, neckline and shoulders. These parasites bite the scalp and then feed on small amounts of blood on your head that causes persistent scratching and itching. They produce small eggs called nits which are as tiny as dandruff flakes. Nits produce rapidly once they hatch into even more lice.

Head Lice Causes:

  1. Being in close contact with a person who has lice or if you share belongings with them. Family members are usually at the highest risk of contracting head lice because of their proximity to the host, and the shared personal space, as the lice could fall on to pillows or other home furnishing and from there, could move on to a new host. Many people believe that if you have head lice you are dirty or unhygienic but this is simply not true! It can happen to anyone no matter how impeccable their personal hygiene is.

Head Lice Symptoms:

  1. The grownup lice are quite big (around the size of strawberry seeds) and can be seen with the naked eye. They roam around the head and can even be felt at times by the host. The most common spots in which adult lice are found include the back of the ears and along the neck.
  2. Some people mistake the eggs laid by lice for hair dandruff, but the two are actually quite different. Nits look a lot like willow buds, whereas dandruff looks more like powder or white flakes. When the hair is brushed, or combed, dandruff may come off, but the nits do not.
  3. Itching. This is one of the first symptoms for head lice, which is usually evident even before any of the lice and nits are seen.

Head Lice Prevention :

  1. Wash bed linen, towels and clothing in hot water used by the person with head lice
  2. Avoid sharing personal items such as brushes, combs, toothbrushes, towels, hats, barrettes, hair ties, caps, and scarves
  3. Soak hair items such as brushes, combs, hair bands, bandanas in hot water.

Head Lice Home Remedies:

  1. Vinegar: Mix 6 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Apply this solution on to your scalp, cover your head with a piece of cloth and leave it on overnight. The next morning, rinse your hair with warm water so that the head lice get washed away.
  2. Apple: Chop an apple into fine pieces and rub them on to the scalp in a massaging motion for at least 30 minutes or so, before washing your hair. This remedy is great for the elimination of head lice.
  3. Garlic: Grind a piece of garlic and add some freshly squeezed lemon juice to it. Apply the mixture to the scalp evenly and leave it on overnight. This remedy usually kills off the head lice and they can be washed out of your hair the following morning.
  4. Camphor: Add camphor powder to a small amount of coconut oil. Apply this mixture to your scalp each night, just before bedtime, so that it can be left on all night long. Rinse the solution off the next morning.
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