How to Get Rid of Head Lice

Head Lice are small insects that attach to the hair and are very common in children. Head lice make your head feel very itchy and uncomfortable. This article will inform you how to get rid of head lice.

How to Get Rid of Head Lice

It is important to know that you can treat head lice without seeing a GP.  It is recommended that you treat head lice as soon as you spot them.

  • Wet combing – lice can be removed by wet combing. You should try this method first.You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits. Wet comb on days 1, 5, 9 and 13 to catch any newly hatched head lice. Check again that everyone’s hair is free of lice on day 17.
  • Medicated lotions and sprays – it may be worth asking a pharmacist for advice if you have tried wet combing for 17 days, but your child still has live head lice. They may recommend using medicated lotions and sprays. These kill head lice in all types of hair, and you can buy them from pharmacies, supermarkets or online. Head lice should die within a day. Some lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs.  Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.
  • If lotions or sprays do not work, speak to a pharmacist about other treatments.

Myths About Head Lice

Many people believe that the following ingredients and methods can get rid of Head Lice, however this hasn’t been clinically proven so RXLive pharmacists recommend just following the advice above. We can confirm that the ‘cures’ below are myths:

  • Products containing permethrin
  • Head lice “repellents”
  • Electric combs for head lice
  • Tree tree or plant oil
  • Washing clothes on a hot wash
  • It is also worth noting that head lice cannot be prevented, they spread from head to head

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