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Analysing the ways to kill head lice and save family health

Anyone at any age can get lice infestation regardless of the area and culture he/she belongs to. An infected person can transfer head lice to others if they come in head-to-head contact with him during any social activity. However, poor hygiene never causes or promotes lice infestation. Elementary school children aging between 3 to 11 years are the most possible victims of lice infestation. As per the observation of the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC), six to twelve million school going children get lice infestation in the USA every year.

Once you find yourself or your child with an itching on the scalp, the panic starts, for most probably it is due to lice infestation. However, lice infestation never causes personal or public health hazards. They are never fatal to one’s life. So, there is no need to get panic in this regard. You can handle the issue with cool and calm nerves. There are three options to get rid of lice infestation namely: over the counter products, medical prescriptions and natural home remedies for lice that usually involve the application of natural herbal oils and other substances.

There are actually three forms of lice: nits or lice eggs, immature lice or nymphs and mature or adult lice.  A female louse lays 8 to 10 eggs daily after mating with her male partner. These eggs or nits stay near the scalp as the temperature or warmth there suits them the most. They remain glued with the hair shafts and are hard to remove from there. 2 to 3 mm in size and of white or yellow in color, these eggs take 8 to 10 days to hatch. They are very much similar to dandruff or hair spray droplets and are confused with them most of the time.

Nits hatch into nymphs or immature lice which are exactly the same as normal mature lice but are much smaller in size. They feed on the victim’s blood and die if the supply is cut off. They take 9 to 12 days to become mature or adult lice. These adult lice are the size of a sesame seed and feed on human blood and can survive only for two days if their supply of blood is disconnected for some reason. The life span of an adult louse is around 30 days if all goes well.

In order to completely get rid of lice infestation, it is necessary to kill all the three forms. Even a single louse or its nit can develop into an infestation over a few days. Because of the smaller size and the quick movement through the hair and the consequent hiding in between the hair, lice are very hard to spot out and kill then and there.

Over the counter products such as shampoos and conditioners with 1{14b1031694aec2b3166be54b9be3e3e63eee46ecc3b98eea28f6d2b91027c075} plant-derived insecticides called pyrethrins or its synthetic versions called pyrethroids are the first choice of the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) and CDC. These products have been found very much effective and safe if the users follow the printed instructions carefully.

 The CDC and AAP recommend consulting with a specialist doctor or a pharmacist to use the right medication to get rid of lice infestation. The doctor will guide you how long a medicine should be left in, what doses should be given, when the head should be washed out, whether or not there is any allergy reaction, what the approved ages for a specific medicine are, etc.

The best way to rid lice is to use natural home remedies that are cheap, effective and without any side effects.