Combination Remedies A combination approach involves treating hair with a chemical lice shampoo, then following this by applying one of the suffocating remedies listed above. Naturopathic Remedies For families wanting information on naturopathic remedies, the family can check with health food outlets, naturopathic practitioners or pharmacists for more information. NOTE: Tea tree oil may be toxic and is not recommended by BC Poison Control. The following treatments are not safe or effective. - insect sprays (Raid) - flea soap - Chinese chalk - oil (WD40) - alcohol - kerosene - Gasoline -shaving the head DANGEROUS AND UNDESIRABLE REMEDIES OTHER 9 2
The most common causes of treatment failure include: Reason #1: Inadequate information or understanding about head lice or the treatment method used. The treatment methods can be confusing for many people, especially Option B and C which are based on understanding the life-cycle of the head lice. If unsure about the treatment or prevention of head lice, please talk to your Public Health Nurse. Reason #2: The head lice shampoo was not applied properly. The most common errors with using the shampoo include: Applying the shampoo to wet hair: Applying the shampoo to wet hair dilutes the chemicals in the shampoo. When exposed to water head lice close their breathing holes which also makes it harder for the chemicals to penetrate and kill the lice. Not using enough shampoo to thoroughly cover all the hair : Thick and long hair will require more head lice shampoo. Make sure you use enough head lice shampoo to thoroughly wet all hair – especially behind the neck and ears. One way to make sure that you have covered all the hair is to comb the product through the hair with a regular comb. Not leaving the shampoo on long enough : Chemicals in the shampoo take time to work. Make sure you follow the product instructions. Not applying the second treatment 7-10 days later: With option A (using lice shampoos), you need to use the shampoo again 7-10 days after the first treatment. This is because no product kills 100% of eggs and eggs take 7 days to hatch. Therefore, re-treatment in 7-10 days is a mandatory part of treatment. Reason #3: The lice are resistant to the chemical in the shampoo. Head lice may be resistant to the chemicals in the lice shampoo. If this happens, the chemicals are no longer able to kill all the lice. You can tell if the head lice are resistant by treating the head as directed, then checking for live lice. Use a fine tooth comb and look for movement. If the lice are all dead the shampoo is working. If the lice are still moving they are resistant to the chemicals in the shampoo. If the lice are resistant switch to another brand with a different "active ingredient" or try one of the other options. Ask your pharmacist for help.
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- Head louse, Pediculosis, Louse, head lice, Treatment of human head lice, Lice Treatment and Prevention