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Lice | How To Get Rid Of Head Lice


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Hey friends, this weeks video is about Lice, Head Lice and How To Get Rid Of Lice. In this weeks video were looking at lice treatment, how to spot them and get rid of them with medication lotions or wet combing. Here are the chapters to the video,


00:00 Intro

00:14 Why Do You Get Lice

00:39 What Do Head Lice Look Like

01:10 Symptoms Of Lice

01:35 How To Get Rid Of Lice

01:50 Lice Treatment

03:00 Head Lice Comb Technique

05:36 Conclusion

05:49 Bloopers


WHAT ARE HEAD LICE:

Adult lice are about 3mm long, about the size of a sesame seed and they are a grey-white to black colour. You’ll also be happy to know they don’t have wings so they can fly or jump across from head to head, that’s a common myth that many people think can happen.


Head lice eggs or nits are brown or white empty shells attached to the hair. The NHS have some really good pictures of head lice and their eggs so if you’re still unsure please visit the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/


HEAD LICE SYMPTOMS:

The main symptoms are itchy scalp and also sometimes the sensation of something moving in your hair. But the only way to be sure someone has head lice is by finding live lice and you can do this by combing the hair with a special fine toothed comb we call this a detection comb and you can purchase it from any pharmacy or even online.


MEDICATED LOTION TREATMENT:

Firstly remember as soon you spot head lice you need begin treatment, secondly everyone in the house needs to get checked for head lice and treated on the same day, by doing this it’s going to give you the best chance of getting rid of them.


There are various products you can buy from the pharmacy which your pharmacist will recommend to you, generally speaking Dimeticone containing products do work well and studies have shown they have a high cure rate, it’s also odourless which is always a good thing.


Dimeticone works by creating a physical barrier around the head lice so resistance is unlikely to develop it’s also generally recommended to apply it again 7 days after the first treatment. But obviously follow the instructions that come with the product as every product is different and always speak to your pharmacist first to make sure you’re safe to use it.


Some products however are not recommended because they’re unlikely to work, for example, products containing permethrin, head lice repellents, electric combs for head lice and treatments containing tea tree oil and lavender oil.


WET COMBING:

If you do want to go down a more natural route then there is wet combing which if done right can be very effective. Before we learn how to do it you will need some shampoo, conditioner, a towel, a normal comb and a head lice removal comb you can get this from a pharmacy or online however please remember these are slightly different to a detection comb as they are generally stronger.


Please follow the instructions in the video. This process is very effective if done right now if you have short hair it takes about 10 minutes and if you have long hair, it takes about 20 to 30minutes. You will however have to repeat the wet combing technique a couple of times this is to break the lifecycle of head lice.


Perform wet combing on days 1, 5, 9 and 13 to catch any newly hatched head lice. And make sure to check everyone hair is free of lice on day 17.


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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.


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