This article will help you to know the ways to check for lice. The lice, or it is also known as louse, are parasites that feed on human blood. The problem of head lice is quite common among the children. And, adults also face it but it’s less in comparison to children. It is generally seen as the small creatures that crawl in your head and make your scalp itchy. This is very bothersome when you are faced with itchy head being in a public place. So, the ways to check or detect the lice and to treat them is necessary once they are spotted. There are various ways to treat lice at home. Bur, for that you will need to check for lice. But before going for the home remedies, you will have to know if your itchy scalp is due to the lice problem. Also, you need to be careful with the fact that if someone in your friends or family has been infected with lice, it might have chances of you being affected too. That is because lice can be transferred from one head to others through various means. When you come in close contact with the infested person, you have chances of getting lice on your head.
Symptoms of Head Lice:
- Itching on scalp, neck and ear.
- Sometimes it creates a feeling of tickling on your head.
- Red rashes/bumps on affected area (head, neck and ear).
- Affected portion turn into sores with too much of scratching of the scalp.
How to Check For Lice?
1.) Recognize the Itching of your Scalp
The very first step for you to follow is to recognize the itching. It means you need to check if the itching on your scalp and the nearby areas of head is due to dandruff or lice. If the itching on your scalp is due to lice then you need to move on to next step to confirm it. This is way to check for lice.
2.) Check out for Lice
In this you will need to wash your head properly with your regular shampoo. Then do not let your hair dry out completely. When it’s still in wet condition, pick a lice comb to check for lice. Then spread a white towel on your lap. Part your hair into two and use the lice detecting comb to comb your hair. If you have lice the lice will fall off on the white towel while you comb your hair.
3.) Look Out for the Nits
Nits are eggs of lice that are mostly found attached to your hair shaft. Nits are difficult to notice as their appearance is same as of the hair color. But they have a spot where they are mostly found. Nits tend to be available near you ear and neck area. So, do not confuse them to be dandruff. Thereby, while you check for lice, also look out for nits.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Lice:
1.) Apply Tea Tree Oil to Get rid of Lice
Tea tree oil for lice is one of the top most recommended home remedy to treat lice. Tea tree oil has been used for various skin related issues. Thereby using it to treat your lice problem will be helpful. It has anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It can treat and heal your lice infested scalp. You can use tea tree oil directly or with some other ingredients. For direct usage, you need to apply the oil directly on your scalp and leave it overnight. Keep a towel on your pillow not to get it stained. And wash your hair the next morning. Else you can also add few drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo bottle. That will be helpful when you wash your hair. This remedy will help you to get rid of head lice.
2.) Apply Vinegar to Treat Lice
Vinegar will work its charm by erasing the lice and nits from your hair. It will help to kill head lice. Vinegar is helpful because it has ascetic acid content in it that can’t be resisted by the lice. It will also clear the nits from your hair shaft. Thereby you can make a diluted solution of vinegar with water. Depending on your hair length and the affected portion of your scalp add equal amount of vinegar and water. Then apply it on you scalp. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes to get it absorbed into your hair and scalp. After which, wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
3.) Apply Lemon Juice to Treat lice
Lemon juice contains the citrus and acidic content. These natural qualities of lemon juice will help to kill the lice from your head. You can pick different ways to use lemon juice on your head. Firstly, take a lemon and cut it into half and take the parted potion and directly scrub it on your scalp. Else you can also extract the juice and apply it. After which, wash it vinegar. And later with luke warm water. You can also use the juice with crush garlic cloves and apply it on your hair. And wash it after 15 minutes with normal water.
4.) Use Coconut Oil to Get Rid of Lice
Coconut oil is not any good on its appliance on your hair but also works as medicine. Coconut oil has its natural properties to kill the lice and the nits. To apply coconut oil on your scalp, firstly heat some amount of coconut oil for 2 minutes. While heating it add some crushed camphor in it. Then keep it aside for a minute to be less warm but don’t let it cool down completely. Then apply it on your scalp and give a gentle massage. Leave it for overnight. While sleeping place a towel on your pillow to protect it from the diluted coconut oil. The next morning wash your hair with a mild shampoo. And let your hair dry. After that, comb your hair with lice comb to clear off the dead lice.
5.) Use Onions to Get Rid of Lice
Onions are among good source of natural home remedies to treat lice. To use onion you will have to grind 4 to 5 onions to make a paste out of it. Then try to extract the juice from the prepared paste. Now, you will need to apply the extracted onion juice on your infested scalp. Leave it for 15 minutes by covering it with a shower cap not spread the smell of onion. Later on, wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Wait till your hair gets dried. Then comb your hair with a nit comb to let the dead lice fall of.