How to Get Rid of Head Lice
When considering how to get rid of head lice, you have several different options. However, there are three vital treatment steps: combing the hair, using medications, and treating the house. It can take up to 21 days to completely get rid of head lice, so be patient and follow the treatment instructions carefully.
A case of head lice in the family -- this news can send shivers down the backs of many parents and even cause unaffected people to start scratching their head. But the more you know about head lice prevention and treatment, the better off you and everyone else will be.
The first thing to know about getting rid of head lice is that there are many options. The second thing to know is that there are no guarantees that these treatments will be 100 percent effective, and data from clinical trials are not available for all treatment options.
To get rid of head lice, you must do two things: kill the live lice on the head, and remove all the nits (head lice eggs) from the hair. This involves three necessary treatment steps:
- Careful combing of the hair (nit-picking)
- Treating the house.
If head lice show up again after you treat, it is usually because nits or newly hatched head lice were not removed. This happens often, because some of the lice are so small that they can only be seen under a microscope. Treating head lice is a long process that can take up to 21 days.