According to recent reports, head lice are now resistant to chemical treatments in 25 of the United States. This means that a new “super strain” of treatment-resistant lice is no longer remedied with traditional drug-store treatment kits. So, a natural remedy is the only option to stop the lice life cycle.
With these reports comes stress for parents whose children are affected. First, the good news: there are still easy ways to remove head lice. The single most effective home remedy is to use olive oil or conditioner and the highly recommended OMG Lice Comb.
The Lice Life Cycle
To better understand lice and how they thrive, let’s take a look at a typical 30-day lifecycle.
During the 30-day period of time a female louse can lay 10 eggs a day for 10 days. The eggs attached to the hair shaft with a stick substance that effectively keeps the eggs on the hair shaft near the scalp. Eggs, known as nits, are enjoying the perfect temperature to incubate until hatching in about 7 days.
Note: This is why combing hair is so critically important—you must remove the nits with a comb in order to stop the lifecycle. If you are simple treating the live lice, such as with a chemical treatment, the cycle will continue once the new eggs hatch.
The Next Generation
In the next phase, the baby louse or nymph matures through a series of molts that take place within 10-day period. Once mature, the louse will mate with a male and begin laying her own eggs, continuing the cycle. Since the majority of people who get head lice never have any itching or other symptoms, your child could have lice for several months without knowing it.
Humans: A Perfect Host
Remember, head lice are specific to humans. They like and have adapted quite well to the unique environment of the human hair and scalp. And, the entire 30-day life cycle—feeding, breeding, egg laying, and maturing—all occurs with a 1/2 surface of the human scalp.
So, in order to stop the propagation, you must not only kill the live lice, but you must thwart the life cycle. Remember, now that many strain of lice are resistant to chemical treatments, you must get to the root of the problem—literally and figuratively.
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