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Lice treatments

In order to fight against the lice infestation that is inevitable at the start of each school year, treatments are available in pharmacies. It is important to choose the one best suited to your situation and follow the instructions provided with these products.

Posted on 30/11/2023

Lice infestation is a common problem that can affect children, especially at the start of the school year, but also adults. These parasites spread quickly from person to person and cause an itchy scalp. Fortunately, today there are many effective treatments available in pharmacies to eliminate lice and nits.

1. Anti-lice shampoos

The most commonly used treatments to eliminate lice, they usually contain chemicals such as Permethrin or Pyrethrin that are effective in killing adult lice. These shampoos are applied to wet hair and should be left on for a while before rinsing out, some of them may require a second application after a week to kill newly hatched lice from surviving nits.

2. Anti-lice lotions and sprays

These products are usually formulated with chemicals similar to anti-lice shampoos. They are applied directly to the scalp and hair, making sure to cover the entire surface. They should be left to act as directed before being rinsed thoroughly, some of them may also require a second application after a week to ensure complete elimination of lice.

3. Fine and special combs

Lice combs have very close together and fine teeth, allowing them to carefully comb the hair and remove lice and nits. They are often used in addition to shampoos or lotions to mechanically remove parasites and dead eggs. It is important to use these combs regularly and clean the teeth thoroughly after each use to prevent reinfestation.

4. Natural treatments

These are products often formulated with essential oils, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil, which have properties known to repel lice. While these natural treatments may be an option, it is important to note that they may not be as effective as conventional chemical treatments. Additionally, it is essential to carefully follow the instructions for use and consider potential allergies to essential oils.

Additional Tips for Removing Lice

In addition to using the treatments mentioned above for which your pharmacist can give you precise information , it is important to take additional measures to completely eliminate lice and prevent their spread:
Wash all clothing, bedding, towels and hats that may have come into contact with lice at high temperatures.
Vacuum carpets, sofas and car seats to remove lice and nits that may be present.
Inform the school, daycare or other people in close contact with the infested person to take the necessary measures to prevent the spread of lice.

If despite using appropriate treatments the lice infestation persists, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional, such as a pharmacist or doctor, for further advice and possibly alternative treatments.


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