How-to: get rid of head lice
Unless you’re trying to solve the enigma of the universe, you really shouldn’t be scratching your head 24 hours a day. Incessant head scratching is generally a sign of nits – and if you’ve got kids and they’re all scratching too, you can be almost certain that someone’s bought head lice home from school.
Left untreated, headlice can multiply rapidly, embedding themselves in your pillowcase and setting up camp. The best response to head lice is a rapid one, so don’t beat around the bush. If you think your family may be affected, here’s how to treat it…
Head lice treatment
You can purchase an over the counter head lice treatment from your chemist. Most head lice treatments contain a solution all the family (even those that think they’re not affected) will need to wash their hair with and a lice comb used to comb out lice eggs to stop them from spreading. Don’t take any risks, make sure everyone in your house uses the head lice treatment, or you could risk a reoccurrence. Lice can jump easily from head to head, so even if you think it’s just your kids that are affected, chances are you’ve already been affected too, without even realising it.
Take extra measures
Once everyone in the house has used a head lice treatment, it’s essential to wash all the pillowcases in your house in very hot water, to kill any lice eggs that may have been inadvertently dropped onto the pillow during the night.
Although pharmacist strength formulas are the recommended treatment by GP’s, some people prefer to use natural at-home alternatives. Tea Tree oil is a known antiseptic, so adding several drops to your regular shampoo can be effective for sterilising the head. This can be followed up by combing the hair with a lice comb to remove dead eggs and spraying with a sterilising vinegar and warm water solution. If you do not notice an improvement within two days, you should consult your doctor about other alternatives.