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.

Stay vigilant

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.

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19 Responses to “How to Get Rid of Lice Fast And Forever”

  1. Jeremiah Groh says:

    Head lice can be killed by taking some shampoo which contains compounds that are poisonous to head lice. .

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    • OMG thank you so much. I had a life problem and I read many websites this one helped thanks a lot now I am live free and my family and friends to!!!

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  2. I have heard that Lice Guard does a good job. Non toxic and pesticide free ;)

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    • Dog Shampoo works really well just make sure it says on the bottle for tics and fleas, also if you put mayonase in your hair and leave it there for 20 minutes to a half hour it will get rid of them…make sure if you want to keep them gone everytime you get out of the shower comb your hair with a lice comb (ALL OF THESE WORK!!!!!)

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  3. I tried many things, but they always seem to find their way back, it’s frustrating.

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    • Wash all your clouthes and bed , carpets, pellows and other people around you

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  4. abigail says:

    Is cutting your hair good for getting rid of lice?

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    • Cutting your hair wouldn’t be a bad idea as it would make the removal process easier. However, you cannot simply cut lice out of your hair as they tend to attach to the lower portion of your hair.

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      • rkauffman says:

        Also by law, no hair salon or barber can cut your hair if you have them or eggs. You need to treat first and remove all possible eggs, nits, and adults if possible. Also leaves you less embarrassed.

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  5. Shaun Niblett says:

    What house hold item’s can you use to get rid of lice

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  6. brittany says:

    my daughter keeps getting lice I clean everything but she still keeps getting it what else can I do? please help me

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    • I send my kids to school with regular kitchen garbage bags and have them put their coats, hats, gloves and snowpants if they can wear them, in their bag. In my kids’ schools they share a locker with a classmate. As a Hair stylist, I recommend shampooing once with Denorex Shampoo and then suds up a second time with American Crew Tea Tree Shampoo. It has more essential oil in it that Paul Mitchell does.

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    • See if any body at school has it to

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  7. What if you’re not sure if you have lice? My head doesn’t itch.. But recently I had a week long sleepover with two of my friends and they both have lice now.

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  8. My cousins have lots of lice what do I do to get rid of them help :(

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  9. Hi,
    I need some advice for the lice since it is our first encounter .
    I discovered my daughter had lice and then my son and now the baby..
    My daughter has very long and curly hair thats why they probably hid so well.
    We cut them, we are using a spray to spray on the scalp that will kill the lice. But I dont see any “Fast ” results, the kids have missed a week of school and it doesn’t look like it will go any time soon. Also, my kids have asthma and the spray is really beginning to trigger their asthma.
    Will a shampoo work better than a spray?

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    • Rosanna De la Cruz says:

      Yes a shampoo is says better than a spray . I suggest you go to your nearest pharmacy or drug store and buy a special shampoo and conditioner to wash out those little blood sucking viruses and then with their hair damp , and pass a metal comb or a comb designed to pull them out of your children’s hair shaft . I hope my advise works

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  10. I have a family member that have lice!!
    So we thought that our dog shampoo can get rid of them.
    Is it safe? Or working?
    Please answer fast!!

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  11. Kimberly Abney says:

    There are more natural ways to get rid of them. Takes more time but it’s possible. Took me 3 weeks total before I didn’t find anymore lice or nits. I used Vaseline. I now send my daughter to school with Vaseline in her hair and tiny braids every day to make sure that she doesn’t get them again and I check her head every day because there is a family in our neighborhood that won’t take care of the problem. I offered to help them a year ago but their 4 daughters still have it now. It’s just crazy. Before any child comes into my house, I check their head cuz I don’t want them again and I know that other kids play with their daughters and have gotten it from them. I really wish that the school still had the no nit policy.

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