Curing Head Lice

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Curing Head Lice

Mr. Private knows that treating lice can cut into your superhero activity time. Use these tips to treat lice fast.

  • What are head lice?
  • How to treat head lice
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  • How To Cure Head Lice
    Head lice are small, wingless insects that live on the human scalp and feed on human blood. They are a parasite and an extreme annoyance. An adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed and the eggs are smaller. They are commonly found along the neckline and behind the ears. They are not found on the body, in eyelashes or in eyebrows. If your head itches, or you have sores, you may have lice. The only way to know is to have someone inspect your head. Make sure he uses gloves. If you have head lice, they will be noticeable to the human eye. If you don’t, and your head still itches, take a shower.

    Lice are most common in children ages 3 to 10, although adults can have head lice, too. They are transferred via contact, like playing together and sharing items like clothes, combs and brushes, pillows or towels. Pets cannot catch head lice, so leave Fido alone.

    Treating head lice is a difficult but necessary undertaking. Most home remedies, like using mayonnaise or gasoline, don’t work—so don’t try them! Mister Private recommends buying Rid Lice Shampoo and a great quality Lice Comb like the LiceMeister. You will need to follow the specific instructions on the package. Typically, you leave the lice-killing shampoo on your head for about ten minutes, rinse, and then comb out the dead lice and nits. You will have to retreat in seven to ten days. If you still see active lice, you will need to consult a doctor. You should not use the shampoo more than once or twice because it is toxic.

    You will also need to take care of your house. Machine wash or dry-clean all clothing that could have been in contact with the infested person during the two days before treatment. Put anything that cannot be washed (i.e. stuffed animals, comforters) into a plastic bag for two weeks. Soak combs and brushes in rubbing alcohol or wash them with warm water. Vacuum the floor and all furniture. You can also buy a lice spray for bedding and furniture. No, you do not have to fumigate your house, as lice can only live on the human body.

    Just remember, you are not alone—most people get lice at some time during their lives. Even Mister Private caught it when he was known as Kid Private.

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