I bet you didn’t know that September is head lice prevention month. We talked a bit last week about how to spot lice and nits, but we’d like to talk today about treatment and prevention.
- Use a lotion or shampoo that contains 1% permethrin. These products can be found at any local drug store without a prescription. If the product does not work, you may need to contact your doctor for a prescription treatment.
- The most important part of treatment is removing the nits. Nits can live for more than 2 weeks.
- Some dishwashing detergents are helpful in removing nits. They dissolve the glue-like stickiness that enables the nits to stick to the hair.
- Rubbing olive oil in the hair makes nits easier to remove.
- Use a nit comb. Metal combs work better than plastic combs.
- Rub a nit comb through beeswax to make nits easier to remove.
- Treat promptly and thoroughly.
- Wash all clothes and bed sheets in hot water and detergent.
- Repeat treatment in 7-10 days.
- If possible, do not come in close contact with someone who has lice or who is suspected of having lice.
- Do not touch clothing or bedding of someone who has lice.
- Do not share hats, combs, brushes or towels of someone who has lice.
- Check children often if they are in school, daycare or any environment where they are around other children.
Keep in mind that lice can happen to anyone, regardless of hygiene practices, social status or race. And although lice should be treated seriously, it does not lead to any serious medical issues.