The Nice Lice Lady
When adults get head lice, most individuals resort to the pesticidal shampoos. You realize that I’m towards this, particularly since lice are resistant. So, you might want to revert to some dwelling cures. I’m not officially endorsing these “therapies”, as they haven’t been proven to be the best. However, there is a few proof that means that they are going to kill some of cutting your own natural hair the lice/nits, and it is very unlikely that they harm you.
1. Apply a suffocating agent similar to olive oil and/or mayonnaise.
Good news: Some individuals at Harvard threw lice into olive oil. After one hour, the lice have been still alive. After two hours, the lice had been lifeless. (In addition they threw the lice in water – and the lice survived for 24 hours.) You possibly can read claim after claim on the internet the place people swear by means of olive oil or mayo to kill head lice. I’ve finished it myself with my own family; I once coated my son’s head with olive oil AND mayo for about four hours and all the lice I combed out afterwards have been useless.
Unhealthy Information: No formal studies have been completed to show the true effectiveness of this treatment. Even these individuals at Harvard say that throwing lice in oil shouldn’t be real research. So, all the evidence is anecdotal. It is an especially messy course of (my son’s head was wrapped in plastic wrap and towels – it was throughout daytime hours. Don’t do that and put your baby to mattress!) It is troublesome to scrub out these oils and my son’s scalp was fairly dry afterwards (in all probability from the mayo and the extra washing after). Mayo and oil might irritate the lice bites on your head and, as with every meals product, there may be the possibility of an allergic reaction. Additionally, I don’t know of the effectiveness on these suffocating agents on the eggs. I still picked each egg out of my son’s head.
2. Use a hair dryer.
Excellent news: Researchers from The University of Utah did a substantial amount of analysis and found that nits may be dried out with the right use of a hair dryer. The following is taken from the results of their examine that was printed in the November 2006 issue of the publication Pediatrics:
“A handheld blow dryer was used to use directed heating. Hair clips were used to divide each child’s hair into 20 sections. The dryer was held nonetheless for 30 seconds to heat one aspect of every part, then held still another 30 seconds to heat the other side. This method killed 55 percent of lice and 98 % of eggs.”
They say the drying effect is extra from the blowing than the heat so use a “cool” setting if your blow dryer has one.(And do not attempt to kill lice with a curling iron!)
Bad Information: The nits won’t dry up if the hair dryer just isn’t used correctly. With live lice, solely roughly half of the bugs are killed with this technique – meaning 45% are nonetheless crawling round, laying more eggs. Also, hair dryers can burn! It’s a must to have constant motion of the air flow to ensure even drying and no burning. That is why this technique is just not really helpful by the researchers on the College of Utah.
Chances are you’ll ask, what about “natural” treatments, like tea-tree oil or salt-primarily based treatments Even these “pure” treatments can have some harmful unwanted side effects if not used properly, and I’ve seen folks use them with disappointing results. Therefore, I might quite you save your money and go for the solutions which are extra readily accessible.