Facts You Need to Know

In order for any person to successfully implement Head Lice Home Remedies, there are some very important facts that you will need to know.  Many are covered in common Myths that are cleared up here with some times overlooked facts!

Myths VS Facts

A few common myths include:

  • Myth – Head lice occur as a result of poor personal hygiene
  • Fact – Head lice love clean hair and are NOT the result of poor personal hygiene or un-clean living conditions
  • Myth – Head lice may live or survive in your home, furniture or bedding
  • Fact – Head lice can only survive on human heads. In order to sustain their life, they must have a blood meal (from you) within a 24 to 48 hour time span (depending on their size)
  • Myth – Pets can carry and transmit head lice to humans
  • Fact – Head lice are a human condition and do not survive or transfer on pets
  • Myth – Head lice can jump from head to head
  • Fact – Head lice are transferred by direct contact only – they do not have “jumping” legs
  • Myth – Head lice can fly from head to head
  • Fact – Head lice do not have wings
  • Myth – Spraying the house with pesticide will get rid of head lice
  • Fact – Air borne pesticides are completely in-effective in the treatment of head lice and may contain toxic ingredients harmful to humans. Head lice eggs do not have a nervous system and are completely immune to pesticide treatments of any kind
  • Myth – Shaving a child’s head or cutting their hair short is the best means to prevent head lice infestations
  • Fact – Shaving a child’s head or cutting their hair short may make it easier to detect head lice but is no effective treatment for or prevention of infestation but is sure to be emotionally traumatic for any child or young adult – especially a female
  • Myth – Mayonnaise, vegetable oil or vinegar solution mixtures are an effective head lice treatment
  • Fact – Salad dressing solutions (especially the use of mayonnaise) are a waste of time and can contribute to possible food poisoning and / or allergic reaction. Olive oil or coconut oil if left on the head for a minimum of one to two hours (covered with a shower cap) has been documented as an effective treatment to aid in the successful combing out of live and egg infestations as it smothers the live insect and helps soften the glue that holds the egg to the hair shaft
  • Myth – Topical pesticide treatments will kill head lice, nymphs and eggs
  • Fact – All topical pesticide treatments are ineffective in killing eggs and so do not break the life cycle of the head louse
  • Myth – Topical pesticide treatments are safe to use
  • Fact – Research has shown that head lice can rapidly develop a resistance against chemicals used in conventional chemical based head lice treatments. Research is also beginning to show that repeated exposure to chemicals in head lice treatments may prove to have negative side effects. In 2006, French Research group INSERM conducted a study of children diagnosed with leukemia. Their studies linked the chemicals Pyrethroid and Organochlorine, commonly found in chemical based head lice shampoos, to doubling the risk of contracting childhood acute Leukemia
  • Myth – All lice removal combs are the same and produce consistent effective results
  • Fact – All lice combs are not created equal. A plastic appliance does not have the strength and integrity to provide a successful result. Combs with stainless steel teeth strategically spaced and designed are the only proven and successful tools used by professionals
  • Myth – Head lice one-hour treatments or single application treatments are effective in eliminating an infestation
  • Fact – Single treatment or one hour treatments are completely ineffective as they simply cannot interrupt the life cycle of the head louse. The only successful way to break the life cycle of the head louse is to follow a process that involves a repeat treatment over a period of from 14 to 20 days.

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