Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Home Remedies for Head Lice

It is summer time and  because of damp humidity and quite extreme temperature nationwide, the Department of Health warns the general public against heat stroke and hygiene - related illnesses and issues including some head lice.

Studies show that 1 out of 10 school children acquired head lice. Thus, we are enjoined to observe personal hygiene through the following:

  • Wash hair daily;
  • Never share personal belongings like combs, hats, towels, pillows and alike with anyone who is infected with head lice;

Some home remedies for head lice include the following:

  • Vaseline, mayonnaise, olive oil or tea tree oil that is left on the head overnight, usually on a shower cap.
  • Elements with tea tree oil and alike are said to be useful in eliminating head lice but caution should be observed especially if used on younger children;
  • Onion juice for 3 - 4 hours  on the hair and scalp. Rinse with water and do this  for 3 consecutive days;
  • 3 tsp of water and 2 tsp of vinegar should be pre - mixed. Soak a cotton on this mixture and apply on the roots. Cover your head with a clean cloth; leave this overnight, then, wash on the next day. Do this 2x a week;

You can also use over - the - counter medicines or some prescribed  ones.  Head lice infestation may also affect others at home, thus, proper treatment should be observed immediately.



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