“Lice” is a word that shocks most modern parents. This diagnosis has gained shameful reputation as many people mistakenly associate lice with uncleanliness or asocial way of life. Very often these stereotypes cause panic and confusion of lice victims and even tactless behavior towards them. That is why many people prefer to treat lice at home without consulting a doctor. They are even reluctant to go to the nearest pharmacy to buy a specialized medicine for lice.
In order to get rid of lice together with the stigma of “bad parents” or “an untidy person” many people seek help in home remedies for head lice and nits and experience of the older generation. Unfortunately, “grandmother’s” tips often lead to sad consequences for children and parents and do not add any positive changes in the clinical picture of the disease. In this article we consider the most common home remedies for lice, assess their effectiveness and dispel some myths about lice and curing methods.
But first of all, we want you to understand that even if you are super tidy person, there is always a chance to catch lice: in public transport, at a concert, at school or kindergarten, in a supermarket etc. So there is nothing to be ashamed of if you notice that you have lice.
Never Try These Methods
Our grandmothers or even mothers remember those times when lice were treated with some doubtful substances that came to hand. Some people recommended treating lice with 96% alcohol as it has disinfecting properties. They said you need to apply spirit on your hair and scalp and keep this “mask” for 10-30 minutes to kill lice.
Never try that, as alcohol can damage your hair structure, burn your skin and respiratory tract when you inhale its fumes.
Another dubious home remedy for lice and nits is vinegar solution. Folk “doctors” recommended to add two tablespoons of vinegar to a glass of water and to moisten your hair and scalp with this solution. You should know that vinegar does not kill lice and nits, but it is believed to dissolve the “glue” that keeps lice eggs firmly on your hair. Using this homemade lice treatment you run the risk to burn your scalp and get itching and dandruff.
One more popular home treatment for lice is making kerosene compress. This method was popular when it was difficult to get a specialized agent against lice. It was rather effective in killing lice but don’t forget about kerosene toxic fumes. Nowadays it is not worth trying it, as there are many safe head lice remedies to be found in drugstores.
Other Folk Remedies
There are some other less dangerous home remedies to get rid of lice you can try:
- To ease combing nits out of your hair rub in cranberry juice every day during a week;
- Wash your hair with mint decoction for a week or 10 days. Mint can soothe your skin and relieve itching while combing;
- Treat your scalp with hellebore tincture. It will kill lice but it has no effect on nits. Keep in mind that hellebore is toxic and must not be taken inside. Using hellebore water is forbidden during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
There are some more tips how to get rid of lice at home. They include making onion garlic masks, washing your head with tansy flower decoction or using special chemical soaps. But before trying those recipes out you should understand that they may be dangerous. So it is better to buy medicine for lice at the pharmacy.
What Treatment to Choose?
Folk hair lice treatment at home usually contains some risk. At best, these recommendations are harmless both for you and for lice. However, no natural remedies cancel the need for combing out the parasites. The final step of any lice treatment is regular combing parasites out of your hair for a few days. Mechanical lice removal together with using appropriate medicine means is perfect for getting rid of lice.
To keep lice away you will need to buy a special comb with thick teeth. The best comb is made of metal. There are some modern models of combs which are electrical or have a special disposer for a healing means attached to it. To remove parasites and their nits you will have to comb them out for several days.