Head lice are wingless parasites that nests in human hair and draw small amount of blood from the scalp. These insects are contagious and prevail mostly amongst kids. Itching and scratching of head are signs of head lice feeding on your blood. When left untreated for days, small red bumps and sores can develop on your head from prolonged scratching which can further lead to bacterial infection.
Though head lice can be very difficult to get rid of, they aren’t dangerous. However, you must try to eradicate them once they are discovered. Application of tea tree oil and various other chemical and pesticide treatments are available to eliminate head lice from your scalp completely.
Nonetheless, prevention is better than cure. So, take measures to prevent being infested with head lice rather than taking steps to eliminate them after being affected. This article guides you to these prevention measures.
- Head lice may stick to your comb while you are brushing your hair. Re-contamination with head lice is possible if you use the same unclean comb after adopting treatment methods for head lice. So, in order to get rid of lice from your hair brushes, barrettes, combs and other hair ornaments soak the toiletries in hot water of temperature 54 degrees Celsius for 5 to 10 minutes, or soak them in isopropyl alcohol or wash them with any anti-lice shampoo.
- You can machine-wash your clothes, bedding, cloth toys, scarves or put them in a dryer set on high heat at a temperature of 54 degrees Celsius for 10 to 20 minutes.
- You can also clean other household items such as car seats, carpets, mattresses and upholstery by the method of vacuum-cleaning. It removes the commodities of hair that might have live nits (eggs) attached to them.
- Objects that cannot be washed such as stuff toys can be wrapped in plastic bags and put away for about 10 days. Nits and lice cannot survive secluded from human environment for days.
- You can store your hats and non-washable scarves in your coat sleeves.
- DO NOT try fumigating your furniture and other household commodities using insecticide sprays as it is unnecessary and even toxic to you and your family.
- Advice your family members to use separate combs, towels and other toiletries to prevent spread from one person to another.
Adopting these methods will prevent further infestation of head lice in your family members and you and hence, maintain a proper hygiene amongst the household.
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