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How do I Choose the Best Lice Products?

By Angela Crout-Mitchell
Updated May 17, 2024
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When selecting lice products there are several factors to consider, including the type of hair treatment, the lice accessories available, and the best methods for lice control. The available head lice products are intended to work quickly and effectively without causing any unnecessary damage to the patient's hair and scalp. Head lice is a common problem that affects thousands of people, especially children, each year. Lice insects have evolved over the centuries to feed only on human blood and can not survive on any other host. These bugs are found more often on children, and many adults appear to be immune to their attack, though medical science is still unsure as to why this is the case.

All kinds of lice products are used in the effort to get rid of lice permanently, and there are both chemically based and natural remedies available. Many people choose the chemically based remedies for their speed and ability to kill the insects, as well as their eggs, often on the first attempt. Some parents and lice sufferers choose to employ natural remedies for lice due to concerns about exposure to chemicals or sensitivities to the harsh ingredients found in most lice treatments. Aloe vera gel, vinegar, and citrus essential oils applied to the hair and scalp may be used to kill the insect population.

Simply treating the hair with chemical or natural lice products is not enough to take care of the infestation in most cases. Some type of lice comb is often needed as well. These combs are usually made from plastic and have very fine, close fitted teeth to catch the lice eggs and nits. A more recent product often used is the electronic lice comb, and this product works by emitting a sound when it encounters a live insect or egg, making it easier to remove all of the lice at one time. Unless all lice, eggs, and nits are removed, the person may still be infested and will require additional treatment.

Many people choose to select lice products that also help control the lice as well as assist in preventing any additional outbreaks. Most of the shampoos and topical treatments available over-the-counter or through a prescription are formulated to offer a degree of protection against future infestations, at least for a short period of time. Consumers are advised to carefully read product sheets for more information about preventative ability.

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