Hair We Go Again: How To Prevent Lice From Coming Back

If there’s one thing that’s true about lice, it’s that these pesky little creatures keep coming back. Just because you made it through one bout of a lice outbreak doesn’t mean you’re immune to them in the future. If anything, there’s usually a reinfestation soon after the first one. Once you identify the cause of the infestation, you can start working toward alleviating all the source of the lice, so they can’t make a comeback in your life.

Can’t Get Rid Of Lice?

If you’ve been treating an infestation of head lice successfully for several weeks without any new cases appearing, it’s time to check yourself or your child for another case. If you’re not sure whether this is happening, ask your doctor about testing your hair follicles for evidence of active infection. Your doctor may also want to test other parts of your body if there have been recent changes in appearance such as redness around the eyes or on the scalp.  

4 Reasons Head Lice Treatments Fail To Work

1- Natural products can give parents false sense of safety

Many natural remedies are sold over the counter or by mail order. These include herbal teas, essential oils, homeopathic medicines, and other unproven methods. Some people believe that if something comes from nature, it must be good for their child. However, there is little scientific evidence supporting many of these claims. 

2- Resistance

Treatment options for head lice are many, but they all have one thing in common – they’re not effective against most strains of head lice. Scientists call this resistance. The most popular methods include combing or washing with a pesticide solution, using an over-the-counter shampoo containing permethrin, applying a lotion called

3- OTC Treatments causing a pattern of resurgence

What does that mean? Since lice shampoos only kill live bugs and not their eggs, it’s up to parents to comb out every single lice egg. If just one or two are left behind, it will take about 3 weeks for those left behind eggs to hatch, starting a new cycle of lice infestation. During those weeks, parents think they have the problem under control, not knowing those eggs are developing into live bugs and spreading further among family members. In other words, the lice aren’t necessarily coming back, they were never completely gone in the first place.

4- You’re contracting head lice over and over

Someone or Something Else Gave Lice Back to You If you’ve had an outbreak before, it’s possible that you picked up lice from another person who has since passed on his/her infection. This is called “passive reinfestation.” The best way to prevent this is to avoid sharing combs, brushes, hats, scarves, towels, etc., with other people. Also, make sure everyone uses separate shampoo and conditioner when washing their own hair.

So, how can I ensure my lice treatment finally works—for good?!

Well, mechanical removal is the only foolproof lice treatment. But as we’ve just been over,  successfully treating the infestation once won’t stop it from coming back. Even if you comb out & get rid of the parasites on your head at home, they can come back to haunt you and your kids at daycare, school, or the gym. And a lice-filled environment means that the danger of getting infested again is always imminent. So, prevention is also key. Even though you can’t control the environment outside your home, these 4 prevention tips can help.  

Prevention Tip 1: Keep a distance

One thing most people get wrong about lice is their ability to jump from head to head; that’s not really a thing. While lice are usually transferred from another person’s head to yours, it’s usually because of physical proximity. Lice crawl along the hair shaft; so when you touch your head against someone who has lice, the lice can crawl onto your head and lay eggs there. To be safe from a re-infestation, it’s best to keep some physical distance between people who may have lice and you.

Prevention Tip 2: Sharing isn’t always caring

Items of clothing can transport lice from one person’s head to yours; to avoid another lice infestation, separating towels, shirts, and hats may be a smart decision. This isn’t just limited to clothes; furniture including rugs, sofas, beds, and pillows also plays a part in spreading lice.

Prevention Tip 3: Inform everyone

If you come in contact with a number of people while you had lice, you may have transferred them to those people. While you may be lice-free, it’s probably best to have a conversation with them about getting their hair checked for traces of nits. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a vicious cycle of lice infestations because you’re avoiding having an awkward conversation with someone.

Prevention Tip 4: Get professional help

If you’re struggling with completely getting rid of lice, it may be time to call in the professionals. Lice Troopers in Weston Plantation, Florida provides lice removal, treatment, and prevention services. Our pesticide free products are chemical-free, safer, and more effective than any pesticide or prescription shampoo you could get to rid yourself of lice. Lice Troopers’ trained experts use state-of-the-art removal combs to ensure there are no traces of lice left in your hair. What most people overlook is the role of the home in those dreaded reinfestations; Lice Troopers understands the importance of screening your home just as much as your scalp. To rid your home of any parasites, our team disinfects or gets rid of any items that have come into contact with the lice-infested head. They’ll also vacuum any furniture and rugs to ensure no traces are left behind. It’s finally time for you to breathe a sigh of relief, Lice Troopers will take care of your problem in the most discreet way possible. The best part? We guarantee you and your house will be 100 percent rid of rice, or you can have your money back! Book an appointment now or head to their head lice removal salon in Weston to get started!