How to get rid of lice fast
If you or anyone in your family has head lice, there’s no doubt that you want to know how to get rid of lice fast. Lice are parasitic insects that live on the scalp and feed on human blood. Once an infestation begins, it’s vitally important to take care of it as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Just a few of their tiny eggs, called nits, can be enough to start more spreading through your family.
If you have children in school it is highly recommended that you are vigilant in checking their heads. As horrible as it may sound, a lot of parents are not on top of this problem and will send their children to school with a lice infestation. If you find any sign of lice on your children do NOT send them to school and be sure to notify your childs school.
Following these simple steps will help to prevent you from getting lice however, if you have already been infected with lice you may want to follow this guide to help you learn how to get rid of lice fast.
Use a medicated shampoo
First, the bad news: you will need to purchase professional lice-killing medicines, called pediculicides, to get rid of the lice. While many internet sites discuss various home remedies – vinegar, mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, and such – unfortunately, no scientific tests have shown these to work. A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing in 2004 put these sorts of remedies to the test, and found none that were truly effective in stopping an infestation.
Most effective lice shampoos can be obtained over-the-counter at your local pharmacy; just ask your pharmacist for advice. You will also need a fine-toothed comb, or nit comb, which should also be available there.Once you get the shampoo home, make sure to follow the directions carefully. These are powerful chemicals and can be harmful if misused. Generally, they require you to leave the shampoo in for awhile before rinsing it out. And because the point is to make their head poisonous to the lice, make sure not to wash their hair again for at least a day or two.
It is recommended to have everyone in your household wash their hair with the shampoo to stop the lice before they have a chance to spread and be sure to hold off on having guests in to your home until the situation is under control.
Use a comb to get the rest
After using the shampoo, you will need to wait several hours (up to 8-12) for the lice to die. At that point, it’s time to use the nit comb. Run it through the person’s hair, removing any dead lice and as many nits as you can. There may be a few live lice left, which of course should also be removed.
In the meantime, all of the person’s clothes need to be cleaned, as well as any towels, blankets, bedsheets or hats they might have worn. A hot wash and dry cycle will be sufficient, but make sure that anything that might be infested get cleaned. Also, thoroughly vacuum their room and their mattress. Just a few surviving eggs anywhere near them can start a new infestation.
Be sure to have someone manually check the persons head for remaining lice as a lice comb may not do the trick.
Finally, you will need to remain vigilant for at least the next couple weeks to ensure that each and every lice has been removed to prevent any chance of a future breakout. Be sure to notify anyone who you have come in direct contact with during the duration of your infestation. Also, make sure Run your comb through the person’s head daily, checking for new lice and removing any nits that might have made it through previous combings. Most medicated shampoos also require a second application 7-10 days after the first use, to kill any new lice which might have hatched in the meantime.
If you follow these easy directions for how to get rid of lice fast, within a week or two your house should be once again louse-free.