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Head Lice: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

The lice in the hair are small insects, which are present in the human head and feed the blood. This condition is caused by poor hygiene or unclean living conditions, but it mostly spreads from person to person through direct contact. Lice are often seen in children who come into contact with someone during play or have some other type of intimate contact with other people. You will experience itching and redness in the head. They are not really harmful, but very annoying. If the head lice is detected at the same time, it is corrected with home remedies. If home remedies do not work, then some other medicines are available to get rid of them.

How is treatment done?

Over-the-counter medications prescribed by a doctor kill lice, but eggs do not die. Therefore, you will have to use the medicine for some time to see good results. Chrysanthemum flower is poisonous to lice. Pyrethrin, a chemical compound extracted from flowers, is used as a base for making drugs. You must use these medicines as directed by your doctor. If over the counter medications fail, your doctor may prescribe benzyl alcohol, malathion, or lindane. Benzyl alcohol kills lice by depriving them of oxygen. Malathion is a medicinal shampoo that should be applied and left to dry naturally. It should be washed only after 8-12 hours. Lindane is used only in severe conditions when other treatments have failed. benzyl alcohol, Malathion or lindane should only be used on doctor’s instructions.  It should not be prescribed by itself, as there can be serious side effects including seizures.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is treatment done?)

If you have head lice and are not getting rid of home remedies, you can consult a doctor and take necessary medicines.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your head lice condition has just started, you do not need to go for complex treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Benzyl alcohol, malathion, and lindane are high in alcohol content. Use of these medicines may cause itching or redness for some time. They should not be overused, as they can also cause seizures.

What are the guidelines after treatment?

You should maintain your personal hygiene and keep your head clean for some time using a mild medicinal shampoo.

How long does it take to recover?

If the medicines are taken properly, your condition can improve in about two to three weeks.

What is the cost of treatment in India?

A consultation with a doctor may cost ₹ 800 – ₹ 1500.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

If good hygiene conditions are maintained then the treatment results are permanent.

What are the treatment options?

Try combing your wet hair with a fine-toothed comb every 2-3 days for a few weeks. The use of tea tree oil, anise oil and ylang-ylang oil is known to help in the condition of head lice.

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