How to get rid of lice the easy way?
Get rid of lice the easy way
The first step to good personal hygiene is to get rid of lice and other body parasites for the maintenance of good health..When your body is infested with lice,the condition is known as ‘pediculosis.’About 10% of world population is estimated to suffer from this condition.
Louse is a small wingless
insect that is a skin surface dweller,residing in various parts of the
body.There are three types of lice that infest human body.They are
3)pubic lice or crab lice.
1.Head lice(pediculosis capitis):
This type of lice reside in the head mainly, but at times they are also found to reside in beards,eyebrows and eye lashes.Head lice are tiny,the size of a
sesame seed and they suck blood from the scalp and are difficult to
detect as they are hidden from view by the thick hair.Head lice infest
mainly children who get it from other children by head contact or
through sharing head gear,using common combs ,towels etc..
louse lays eggs on the hair shaft near the root by following ‘one egg
for one hair shaft’ rule.The eggs get attached to it by a water proof
compound that ensures no amount of water washing can dislodge the eggs from the hair shaft.
are empty egg shells left behind after hatching,the position of which
keep rising as the hair grows and cannot be easily removed.The colour
of the eggs and nits are normally white but sometimes grey.The scalp
should be subjected to frequent examinations and the eggs and nits should be methodically removed by using special ‘Nit comb’.
a life span of 40-50 days and go through three stages of development
namely egg ,nymph and adult stages.The egg stage lasts for ten days and
after hatching,the nymph stage starts and lasts for about 11 days.In
this stage it cannot reproduce as it is not developed fully.The adult
stage starts after 11 days and lasts for about 29 days and the adult
female louse lays 5-10 eggs per day.
symptoms of head lice are persistent itching and the lesions caused due
to scratching may become infected.Sometimes the neck glands may enlarge.
Besides being a nuisance factor,it is also a personal hygiene indicator causing avoidable and embarrassing ridicule from those around us. The children who are infested with lice may have to face temporary expulsions from schools which strictly follow the ‘no nit policy’.
2.Body lice(pediculosis corporis):
type of lice reside in the seams of clothing we wear next to the skin
and feed on the skin.Body lice bites appear as small red marks causing itching and secondary infection may result due to scratching.
lice and body lice may look similar but occupy different habitats but
readily show up on clothing.Head lice live on head and have evolved to
lay eggs near root of the hair shaft but body lice have evolved to lay
eggs in the seams of cloth worn.
eggs may remain live up to 30 days in clothing till they come into
contact with warm human skin to hatch.Body lice may spread through
shared cloths and bedding.
Soaking and washing the infested cloth in boiling water kills the lice.Hot ironing the seams is also found to be effective in eradicating body lice.Body lice can be eradicated by bathing and washing clothes daily.
3.Pubic lice or crab lice(pediculosis pubis):
Pubic or crab lice are found in the genital areas and near anus but are also found in hair growing areas such as arm pits and eye lashes.They live exclusively on human blood.They are small,slightly bigger than the sesame seed and look like crab hence the name crab lice.
lice spreads through sexual contacts so delousing should be carried out
on both the partners.It may also spread through shared bedding.
symptoms are persistent itching in the affected area caused by louse
saliva and the scratching may lead to secondary infections.
The treatment is same as that of head lice.
from being a nuisance,lice infestation may cause lice borne diseases
like ,epidemic typhus and relapsing fever.So to maintain individual and
family hygiene,it is important to get rid of lice.
There are many medications to get rid of lice available in the market but sadly they have harmful pesticide based chemicals as ingredients that may endanger ourselves and our children.All the medications involve application on the skin and you should be careful as to what you apply since the skin has the capacity to absorb the harmful chemicals applied on it.There are many lice home remedies with ingredients that cause no harm to the body.
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