What is lice?
Lice is remarkably, very small. In fact, they are so small you can hardly see! Each sucking louse (louse is named for single lice) is gray and brown and the size of a sesame seed.Lice is parasites (say: pah-ruh-sytes), which means they live off other living things. Lice needs to be adjoining to the skin to survive and the heat of your skin is a perfect place to live.Lice food on small amounts of blood but very less than a mosquito. For food and use their sticky little feet to hold the hair. Very Horribly!
When lice start living in hair, they also begin to lay eggs or nits. Lice can outlast up to 30 days in a person’s head and can lay eight eggs a day. Lice attaches their nits to the hair near the scalp. If you witness a small oval drop, in a fibre of hair, that is most likely to be a nit. If these little eggs are yellow, brown or beige, the lice has not been born yet. If the eggs are white or clear, means lice has hatched.
Although lice does not a hut but occasionally can irritate the skin and make it itchy, especially at night. Excessively scratching can lead to infections of the scalp.
Common Causes Of Head Lice
The cause of lice is medically identified as pediculosis, which is an infection with one of the three types of a parasitic insect. The three types of lice that affect people contain:
1.Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice)
2.Pediculus humanus corporis (body louse)
3.Phthirus pubis (pubic lice or pubic lice, also called crab).
Each type of lice is alike. They are about 2mm small, flat and without wings. They have three pairs of legs behind the head. The legs end in sharp claws that are designed for food and allow the lice to cling firmly to hair or clothing. The head louses are largest in size and crab louse is the smallest.
When feeding, lice puncture the skin with their sharp claws, injecting irritating saliva and suck blood. Do not become engorged like ticks, but become reddish ingestion of blood. The rust color is a hallmark of lice.
Head lice is light footed and can travel quickly, which reasons it is easily transmitted. The life cycle of lice egg to adult is about one month.
Blend any type of cooking oil (like olive, vegetable or canola) with vinegar in the equal proportion. Add about 19-20 drops of tea tree oil in it. Mixture all ingredients well to get a creamy paste. Apply to damp hair and massage the scalp and hair on an end root of hair. Wrap a plastic bag around a head for three hours or more. Lice and nits get suffocated and fly with ease. Do this at least once a week?
How Head Lice Spreads
People who come into close contact with someone who already has headed lice is at the greatest risk.
Sometimes, head lice or body lice may be acquired by contact with clothing such as hats. Hair combs, coats, or other personal items (e.g. bedding or towels) that belong to an infested person. This is the mainly common mode of spreading of body lice.
Home Remedies for Head Lice
1.Saturate hair with olive oil and take a shower cap with a clip to leave overnight. Brush your hair with a nit, flea or lice comb. Then wash your hair as usual with your shampoo and conditioner. Next take plain white vinegar and rinse your hair with it. Use warm water to remove vinegar. This dissolves the eggs. Repeat the vinegar rinse until needed.
2.Mix 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo every day and use as usual.
3.Blend any type of cooking oil (like olive, vegetable or canola) with vinegar in the equal proportion. Add about 19-20 drops of tea tree oil in it. Mixture all ingredients well to get a creamy paste. Apply to damp hair and massage the scalp and hair on an end root of hair. Wrap a plastic bag around a head for three hours or more. Lice and nits get suffocated and fly with ease. Do this at least once a week?
4.Completely soak hair with olive oil and wrap in a towel for 1-2 hours. Rinse and wash as usual. Work through your hair with a fine-tooth comb to remove eggs and lice. Repeat in a week.
5.Take few tablespoons of hot mayonnaise (depending on who is utilizing either a child or an adult). Smeared on the scalp as a shampoo. Use a shower cap and sit for 30 minutes. Then wash the hair with normal shampoo. Then use a fine-toothed comb to get the eggs and insects out. The oils in the mayonnaise provide lubrication for the hair and scalp, removing the ability of eggs to cling to the hair. The shower cap cuts off any air flow needed for eggs to stay alive.
6.Mix ½ cup olive oil with 2-3 tablespoons of tea tree oil. Rub the scalp and leave for 30 minutes. Wash your hair to remove oil. Then rinse the hair with vinegar, as it loosens the holding properties of eggs and nits. Wait 10 minutes and rinse with hot water. Repeat vinegar rinse twice. Comb your hair with a lice or flea comb to remove all nits.
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