Head lice are tiny, wingless, parasitic insects that develop on the scalp of a person. Though not an excessively serious problem, it might turn out to be recurrent in nature, if not treated properly and on time. There are basically three forms of lice, namely nit, nymph and adult louse. Commonly found among school children, head louse is highly transferable and spreads through close personal contact and sharing of belongings. The most prevalent symptom of head louse is intense itching. To know more about its causes and symptoms, read through the following lines.

Causes Of Head Louse
  • Not washing hair for a long time
  • Coming in contact with people infected with head lice
  • Contamination in school
  • Head-to-head contact
  • Body-to-body contact
  • Close proximity to stored belongings of an infected person
  • Using common pillows, blankets, combs and stuffed toys
  • Sharing items, such as clothing, headphones, brushes, combs, hair decorations, towels, etc
  • Contact with contaminated furniture, like beds and closets
Symptoms Of Head Louse
  • Intense itching
  • Fever
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Lice on the scalp, body, clothing and pubic or other body hair
  • Lice eggs or nits on hair shafts
  • Small, red bumps on the scalp, neck and shoulders
Home Remedy For Head Louse
  • One of the effective remedy for treating head louse would be to extract the juice from an onion. Apply this juice on the scalp of the head and keep it for 3 to 4 hours. Thereafter, shampoo the hair. Repeat this process for 3 days.
  • Grind a raw custard apple with its seeds. Store the powder in an air tight box and apply it on the scalp before going to bed. Tie a cloth bandage on it. Have a head wash the next morning.
  • Alternatively, custard apple powder can be used to make a paste using some water. Apply this paste and keep it overnight. Wash the hair the next morning. Not only would it clear the lice and the nits, but also keep the dandruff away.
  • Mix 6 tsp of water and 2 tsp of vinegar. Dab this mixture on the scalp and tie a cloth bandage over it. Keep it overnight. Apply this mixture two times a week.
  • Oil the hair using tea tree oil or any other essential oil at the night. Have a head wash the next morning.
  • Another way to use the tea tree oil would be to add 10-15 drops of it into the shampoo. Use this shampoo as a hair wash.
  • Oil the hair using mayonnaise oil. Keep it for two hours. Thereafter, comb the hair.
  • Take 3 to 4 tsp of butter and add a few drops of lemon to it. Apply this mixture on the head and keep it for some time. (20 seconds given) Wash the hair thoroughly.
  • Combine equal quantity of baby oil and vinegar. Apply this combination on the scalp and keep it for an hour. Later, rinse thoroughly using a shampoo.
  • Have a head wash and then apply Listerine. Keep it for about 10 to 15 minutes after which, rinse the hair using water.
  • Make a paste using 8 to 10 almonds. In this, add 2 to 3 tsp of lime juice. Apply this paste and leave it for ½ an hour. Rinse the hair thoroughly.
  • Take 1 tsp each of garlic and lime juice and make a paste. Apply this paste and keep it for half an hour. Thereafter, have a head wash.
  • Take an apple and chop it into small pieces. Apply these pieces into the hair. Massage it well for about half an hour. Later, wash the hair. Repeat this for three days.
  • Add some camphor to a freshly extracted coconut oil. Keep this overnight. Wash the hair the next morning. Repeat this process for at least 4 days.