Head Lice Nits Treatment
Head Lice Nits Treatment – What You Should Know
One of the most difficult parts of treating a head lice infestation is getting rid of the nits – the tiny eggs of the adult louse – as the cleverest part of the head louse life is how, and where, these absolutely microscopic eggs are laid.
To get rid of head lice nits’ treatment needs to be taken as very much its own thing, removed from the treatment of the lice themselves as they require a different approach.
The problems come from many sides, with the miniature size of the nits – small enough to be missed by a nit comb in some cases – being one and the fact that they are laid very close to the scalp and attached to the hair by a strong adhesive are others; combined these make removing nits very difficult indeed, yet there are interesting routines that can be carried out to help in the process.
Vinegar is a substance that has many surprising uses, and one of them is in the treatment of head lice nits; the reason is that vinegar is an acid, and the acidic qualities dissolve the glue that attaches the nit to the hair, so washing the hair in vinegar loosens the eggs up and makes them easier to remove.
Once washed, and rinsed, a wet combing with the nit comb should find more than usual, as they will not be attached as firmly to the hair follicles as they once were.
Understanding the head louse life cycle is useful in nit removal, too, and while there are many websites giving detailed information that are worth a visit, we can summarize it here: the adult louse lives for around one month, and in this time lays around six nits every day. The nits remain as such for around one week before they hatch into young nymphs, and in between one and two weeks are fully functioning breeding adults, beginning the cycle once more.
This is why the first routine for treating head lice nits needs to be repeated over the next fortnight, as any nits left behind will still get the chance to hatch. Once hatched, they then have a week before they may begin laying again – and that is the time you have to make sure you have cleared the head entirely of lice and nits.
In this process attention to detail is essential, for regular inspection of the hair and scalp is the best way to make sure that there is no louse activity.