Does relaxing hair help get rid of lice?

 


First, what causes Lice?
Lice in hair are usually caused by the presence of tiny parasitic insects known as head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis). These lice infest the scalp and hair, where they feed on blood and lay eggs (nits) near the base of hair shafts. Head lice are typically transmitted through direct head-to-head contact with an infected person, sharing personal items like combs or hats, or occasionally through contaminated bedding or clothing. They are more common in children and can be easily spread in close quarters, such as schools. Treating lice infestations usually involves using specialized shampoos or treatments designed to kill the lice and their eggs, as well as thorough cleaning of personal items and the environment to prevent reinfestation.
 
Relaxing hair, which involves using chemicals to straighten it, does not effectively get rid of lice. Lice infestations are typically treated with specialized lice-killing shampoos or treatments, along with thorough combing to remove the lice and their eggs (nits) from the hair. It's important to follow the recommended treatments and consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist for the most effective lice removal methods.

How to get Rid of Lice

To get rid of lice, follow these steps:

1. Confirm the Infestation: Ensure that lice are indeed present by checking for live lice and nits (lice eggs) in the hair and on the scalp.


2. Purchase a Lice Treatment Product: Visit a pharmacy or consult with a healthcare professional to obtain an over-the-counter lice treatment product. There are different types of treatments available, such as shampoos, creams, and lotions.


3. Read and Follow Instructions: Carefully read the instructions on the lice treatment product's packaging. Follow the recommended application and timing guidelines.


4. Apply the Treatment: Apply the lice treatment to dry hair as directed. Be sure to cover the entire scalp and hair, and pay extra attention to the nape of the neck and behind the ears, as lice often lay their eggs in these areas.


5. Wait and Rinse: Allow the treatment to sit on the hair for the recommended amount of time. Then, rinse it out thoroughly using warm water. Some treatments may require a second application a few days later, so follow the instructions closely.


6. Use a Fine-Toothed Comb: After rinsing, use a fine-toothed comb (a lice comb) to carefully comb through the hair, removing any dead lice and nits. Do this over a white paper towel or tissue to easily spot and dispose of them.


7. Wash Bedding and Clothing: Wash all bedding, clothing, and personal items (hats, hairbrushes, etc.) that may have come into contact with the infested person's hair. Use hot water and high heat settings in the dryer.


8. Vacuum and Clean: Vacuum any upholstered furniture, rugs, and carpets that may have been in contact with the person with lice.


9. Notify Close Contacts: Inform close contacts (family members, school, or friends) so they can check for lice and take appropriate precautions.


10. Repeat if Necessary: Depending on the product used, you may need to repeat the treatment after a certain period to ensure all lice and nits are eliminated.


11. Prevent Reinfestation: Teach good hygiene practices, avoid sharing personal items, and regularly check for lice to prevent reinfestation.


If over-the-counter treatments don't work, or if the infestation persists, consult with a healthcare professional for further guidance and potentially prescription-strength treatments. Treating lice promptly and thoroughly is important to prevent its spread to others.

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