If you have lice, it won’t take long before you are seeking out lice cures. But what do you go with to rid your head of the itchy pests? There are plenty of options when it comes to lice cures, with each being backed by different fans. Here is a look at some of the most commonly used lice cures.
Store bought lice cures
If you stop in at your local drug store, there are plenty of lice cures to try there. In general, your pediatrician will recommend these as they have been found to be the most effective. Most will include a pesticide. The shampoos generally need to be allowed to soak on the hair to kill the adult lice. Once treatment is completed, manual removal of the nits finishes off these lice cures. Treatments may need to be repeated to kill any new adult lice that may hatch from nits that were missed.
Natural lice cures
In general, these home remedy-based lice cures may or may not be effective. They can be worth a shot if you do not want to use the chemical-based lice cures; however, if they prove ineffective, you may still need to repeat the lice cures with something stronger.
Apple cider vinegar and mayonnaise lice cures – For these lice cures, you will need to completely coat the patient’s hair with mayonnaise and cover with a shower cap. Allow to saturate for two hours and then rinse out with hot water. Next apply apple cider vinegar and allow set for 30 minutes before rinsing. Manually remove any remaining nits.
Cetaphil lice cures – These lice cures involve using the face wash, not the lotion. Saturate the hair with the face wash, combing out any excess. Blow dry so that the wash hardens, cover with a shower cap, and leave on overnight. Wash out of the hair in the morning. Repeat as needed, and manually remove any remaining nits.
Coconut oil lice cures – These lice cures involve the use of coconut oil, which will appear solid in the jar but liquefies during application. Saturate the hair with oil, cover with a shower cap, and allow it to set for an hour. Comb out dead hair lice and nits. It may require several washings to completely remove oil from hair.
Tea tree oil lice cures – Other lice cures involve the use of tea tree oil. Some users will simply add a few drops to their favorite shampoo and use regularly to prevent lice from infesting in the first place. Other lice cures involve soaking the hair in tea tree oil, allow it to sit, and then rinse out.
Things to remember
No matter what lice cures you use, you will want to thoroughly check the hair for nits after their completion. Most lice cures will kill the adults, but not the nits, and any nit left behind can potentially grow into another egg laying adult. The environment of the patient must also be treated – wash bedding, linens, and clothing in hot water, and vacuum thoroughly.