The American Academy of Pediatrics said that an active head lice infestation can only be declared when an adult louse or a live nymph is found on the head. Lice doctors also examine the child’s hair for some nits. They may use a specialized light instrument called Wood’s light which can make the nits turn blue. Any of the lice doctors Tampa would recommend over-the-counter medications for lice and nits.
The treatment has to be repeated though since this may not kill the recently laid eggs. A timed second treatment must be done to kill all the nymphs right after they are hatched and before they turn into adult lice.
There are studies that revealed that seven to nine days following treatment is the ideal time for lice treatment. There may be other retreatment schedules to follow as well. That’s why it is crucial to ask the doctor for some written instructions and their own recommended retreatment schedule.
Most of the over-the-counter medications are based on pyrethrin. This is a chemical compound that can be extracted from a chrysanthemum flower that can be toxic to lice. Before any of these products is used, the hair must be shampooed and washed without applying any conditioner. It is also helpful to wash the hair with white vinegar for the nits to loosen up their hold to the hair shafts. The instructions on the package must be reviewed regarding how long the medication is left on the hair. To finish off, rinse the hair with warm water.
Some lifestyle and home remedies may also be applied to eliminate lice and nits. Wet-combing with the use of a fine-toothed comb and olive oil or a hair conditioner can help remove some lice and nits. The hair must be wet and this must be done three to four times every week.
There are also clinical studies that revealed some natural plant oils like tea tree oil, ylang-ylang oil, and anise oil to kill lice by means of suffocation. These products may not be under the FDA and some people show allergic reactions. Some household items are also known to eliminate a head lice infestation. These are known to deprive the lice of air once they are applied in an ample amount. Some of these products are olive oil, mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, and margarine or butter.
A machine may also be used to use hot air that will kill head lice and nits through dehydration. The machine requires training to be used.