Precautions When Using Anti-lice Products For Hair
Some general precautions for using the over-the-counter products to remove head lice include the following
- Follow all the instructions provided in the product leaflet, namely, quantity of the lotion, procedure to apply, how long you can stay with the product applied on the head, frequency of usage, etc.
- Close the eyes (or if you are applying on your kid, let the child close the eyes) while applying such anti-lice treatments. You can also place a cloth over the eyes as an additional precaution to prevent the shampoo or lotion from entering into the eyes.
- Make sure to wash or clean your hands properly with a disinfectant after applying anti-lice products to your hair or after removing the nits with hands.
- Most of the head lice topical lotions carry an unpleasant smell. Your hair may retain the odor even after washing. So, you can wash the hair with regular shampoo or conditioner the next day, following the head lice treatment. Washing your hair with regular shampoo may not let the anti lice product work effectively.
Don’t use any topical application to remove head lice in case of,
- Babies under the age of 2 years
- Pregnant women
- People with skin infection, allergy and asthma.
If you aren’t sure about using any head lice product, consult with a dermatologist and get the prescription. In fact, you may think of using home remedies to get rid of head lice as these products are not very effective in dealing with lice and nits.
Why the OTC anti-lice products aren’t really effective to get rid of head lice?
Most of the over the counter medicines as well as prescription hair care products doesn’t work effectively to remove head lice completely. These anti-lice shampoos as well as medicated oils meant for lice treatment give a symptomatic relief only. They can only kill the live lice and cannot damage the nits that become a menace. Although you can get rid of head lice by regularly using the OTC shampoo or prescription product, it is not a permanent solution to get rid of head lice. They cannot prevent the recurrence of lice. These solutions chemically react on the lice, which cannot prevent their infestation too.
In addition, these medicines contain toxic elements and chemicals that may harm your child. It can cause allergic reaction on your scalp and skin. Using the medicines also make the hair extremely dry and prone to infection of scalp.
However, you can try the OTC products to get rid of head lice initially when it is not that severe an issue. You can proceed with home remedies or natural solutions to get rid of head lice when and if you see one or two application of these products are not giving you the desired result of complete recovery. You may, in fact, use home remedies in the very beginning and forgo these chemical products altogether, especially in case of small kids.
The best way to get rid of head lice is using the home treatments and natural remedies
Read More: This is How to Get Rid of Head Lice Easily