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how do you get rid of lice. I have tried the products on the market in the uk but none get rid of them completely. I have long hair and dont want to cut it to get rid of them.

Sat. Mar 31, 7:59pm

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When you say "on the market", do you mean at the chemist? Because there are different products available by prescription, and they really work.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 8:36 PM

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i used Quell on my kids but I also had to vacum everything and wash all sheet jackets whatever I had a friend who said her daughter got it from her dog. Good Luck It was tough! Get washing all the sheets and linens jackets and whtever

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 8:41 PM

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And don't forget the coat closet if it's cold where you are -- lice is often transmitted in schools that way, by hopping from one hood/hat/collar to another.

Saturday, March 31, 2007, 8:54 PM

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smother your hair and head in mayo-wrap with seran or plastic wrap... do a google for lice and mayo for more specifics...

Long hair board- if you are interested


Saturday, March 31, 2007, 9:31 PM

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We had a lice problem a couple of years ago. After using whatever the doctor told us to use, we still had the problem. I started looking at alternatives and found tea tree oil. I am fascinated by science, so, after coming through my daughter's long hair, I got one of the little critters, put it under a microscope and added tea tree oil. It killed it very quickly. (Same test with what the doctor suggested - slowed the louse down, but didn't kill it. )

Tea tree oil is available at health food stores. Put several drops in a small (like travel size bottle) of your favorite shampoo. I think I used about 8 drops in a 2 oz bottle. Mix it well. Wash your hair with it.

We used it everyday for about a week to 10 days - mostly because I was really paranoid about the little creatures in my hair - but I wanted to be sure that any hatching nits that I had missed were also exposed to the tea tree oil. We did comb throughs with a ton of cream rinse several times over the next few days. The first time, we got a few out - all dead. Never saw any again.

Long term exposure to tea tree oil has recently been shown to have an effect on hormones, so, don't continue using this as a preventative measure. But, it should solve your problem in a week, and it didn't affect my long hair as badly as the prescription stuff. (That was awful!) I still have long hair, and so does my daughter. (Incidentally, the study that I read about tea tree oil said that any adverse reaction seemed to go away when the exposure was discontinued.)

Sunday, April 01, 2007, 12:35 AM

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yes I meant at the chemist. havent been to a doc embarrased I guess, but I might have to. what prescription names do you know of. thanx

Sunday, April 01, 2007, 1:32 AM

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I will look for the tea tree oil. I just dont want to have to cut My hair. thanx

Sunday, April 01, 2007, 1:35 AM

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thank you. alot of good tips there

Sunday, April 01, 2007, 1:50 AM

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I am the 12:35 poster returning. Just wanted to let you know that I did have to condition my hair quite a bit after getting rid of the lice. The doctor's stuff was really horrible on my hair, but I don't think the tea tree oil was really gentle - just didn't seem to be quite as bad. (Hard to tell, since I used the other first.) Anyway, get a good conditioner to use at the same time and you'll be able to keep your long hair.

Sunday, April 01, 2007, 5:19 AM

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We are currently dealing with a lice outbreak. My kids brought it home from school. 3/31, 8:41 pm - You cannot get human head lice from pets. She had to have picked it up at school or daycare or something like that (see link).

I freaked out and called the doctor, and we've done what he suggested...his thinking was that the shampoo should kill most of the live bugs. After shampooing, you can pick out any of them that are still around when you comb out the nits. So, we treated with one of the chemical shampoos and we have "nit-picked" EVERY DAY for a week. One of my daughters has very long hair - it takes well over two hours to do hers. However, six days later, we are down to finding one or two nits per day. We are going to re-treat today in the off-chance that an egg or two hatched. The re-shampoo should kill anything that's hatched before it's mature enough to lay eggs (that takes 5-7 days after hatching). We'll just keep nit-combing for another week or so until it's gone. I don't just use the nit comb, however, I pluck the entire hair out with a tweezer and put it into a bowl of soapy water. I flush the water when I am done. He did say that if the commercially-available shampoo failed, he could prescribe something stronger.

I did wash ALL of their bedding, clothing, etc., that they had worn for the past week or so. Here's a link to the CDC website - they had some good information about the life cycle of the louse, etc.

I believe (just my opinion) the best thing is to just thoroughly vacuum and launder everything and be unmercifully relentless about nit-combing. It sucks, I know, but if you can't get the live bugs out, they'll just keep laying eggs. The best way to stop the live bugs is to remove the eggs. I would see if I could get someone to help you comb through your hair - I know how difficult it is to comb through the girls' while I can see and reach everywhere very well - it must be nearly impossible to get to all our your own hair.

Best of luck to you - this is a horrible nuisance!


Sunday, April 01, 2007, 8:45 AM

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