Professional Treatments vs. Over the Counter and Prescriptions
Manual Removal of Head Lice and their nits has proven to be the quickest, safest, and most thorough way of eradicating head lice. Peaks View Head Lice does this in one treatment!
- Head Lice Information Website. I highly recommend you start here for current information and help on everything about head lice. https://letslearnaboutlice.com/
- Lice are resistant to many ingredients in Over The Counter and prescription products (OTC’s). Current research proves this. http://jme.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/03/30/jme.tjw023 Knowing head lice are resistant and that pesticides and insecticides are toxic and don’t work; extensive combing and nit-picking is the best way to be sure you get everything out. Safer products may offer a better option for you IF you are combing everything out. NO product kills the embryos inside of the nit casing or completely prevents them from hatching…if there were such a product we wouldn’t have the difficulty we have today in eradicating them.
- Don’t buy environmental sprays which are not needed; instead vacuum or wipe off.
- OTC’s and Prescription medications likely require multiple treatments which cost you more money in the long run.
- Prescription medications; including oral tablets, lotions, and gels; often do nothing for the ‘instars’ (babies), nor the ’embryo’ encased in the nit casing. The following study shows effectiveness AFTER the instars (babies) have hatched at around day 15 (reached adulthood or nearly there) for the product Ivermectin. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/738671
Prevention Tips: We Recommend
- Wearing your hair close to your head in a bun, braid, or ponytail to reduce the likelihood of head lice crossing over onto your hair from someone who has them.
- Spraying your hair daily with a ‘Mint Spray’ to discourage head lice from crossing over onto your hair. We offer for purchase many high quality brands.
- If you want to treat yourself; we recommend combing every few days (for 3 weeks) to make sure you have gotten everything out. Missed nits hatch into nymphs which grow into adult bugs.
- Placing bedding, pillows, pajamas, clothing, and hair ties into the dryer (or washer and dryer) for 30 minutes on high.
- Cleaning your brushes and combs by pouring boiling water over them and letting them soak for 30 minutes; clean out all hair; and wash styling tool with warm soapy water. You may also use Barbicide or alcohol in lieu of boiling water.
We do NOT recommend:
- Using flammable, caustic, or irritating products on the scalp and hair to treat head lice; including Listerine, vinegar, lamp oil; gasoline; alcohol; and others. These home remedies may lead to eye damage and sores on the skin particularly in small children.
Head Lice are:
- 6 Legged Insect – Do NOT jump Do NOT fly.
- Highly Contagious – Head to Head Contact is most common mode of transmission.
- Do NOT live on your pets.
- Head Lice can affect anyone-Clean Hair; Dirty Hair; African American Hair; Curly Hair; Straight Hair; Any Culture or Hair Type.
- Super Lice are simply resistant to many Over the Counter Treatment Products
Head Lice can only survive 24 hours off of head. They do not burrow into fabrics, nor live on animals.
|Furniture: Vacuum or brush surface where head lays. Place slip covers in dryer for 30 minutes. Remove throw pillows for 2 days.|
|Clothing: Place clothing you wore in last 24 hours into clothes hamper or wash in hot water. Wear clean pajamas to bed.|
|Bedding/Linens: Wash in hot water OR place in dryer for 30 minutes. Or simply change them to a clean set and don’t use the set you just slept in for 2 days. Use clean towels.|
|Hair Accessories: Clean hair out of combs & brushes; cover with alcohol or boiling water for 30 minutes, then wash in warm soapy water. Hair ties can be worn again after 48 hours.|
|Professional Comb: Clean in warm soapy water with small brush to remove debris; place in alcohol or pour boing water over comb for 30 minutes. Dry|