A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Lice
I had a question the other day about lice.
Lice are tiny insects that live on humans and feed on blood.
When a large number of lice live and multiply on a person, it’s called an infestation.
Three different kinds of lice live on humans.
Head lice are usually found in your hair, most often on the back of your neck and behind your ears.
Head lice are common in preschool and elementary school-age children.
Adults can get them too, especially adults who live with children.
Pubic lice, also called crabs, are usually found in your pubic area.
But they may also be found on your facial hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, armpits, chest hair, and, rarely, on your scalp.
Body lice live and lay eggs (nits) in the seams of clothing. The lice are on your body only when they feed.
Lice spread easily from one person to another through close contact or through shared clothing or personal items (like hats or hairbrushes).
A louse can’t jump or fly.
The most common symptom of lice is itching.
>Head lice may not cause any symptoms at first. Itching on your scalp may start weeks or even months after lice have started to spread. Scratching can make your skin raw. Your raw skin may ooze clear fluid or crust over, and it may get infected.
>Pubic lice cause severe itching. Their bites may cause small marks that look like bruises on your torso, thighs, or upper arms. If pubic lice get on your eyelashes, the edges of your eyelids may be crusted. You may see lice and their eggs at the base of your eyelashes.
>Body lice cause very bad itching, especially at night. Itchy sores appear in your armpits and on your waist, torso, and other areas where the seams of clothes press against your skin. The lice and eggs may be found in the seams of your clothing, but are usually not seen on your skin.
In the most severe cases of head lice, hair may fall out, and your skin may get darker in the areas infested with lice.
Lice won’t go away on their own.
Be sure to do all you can to treat lice and to prevent the spread of lice.
To deal with lice it’s beneficial to:
*Use Tea Tree Oil, which you can buy on Amazon (tea tree oil). Add it to shampoo. Dilute it with water and spray it on pillows, furniture, carpets, etc. Add it to laundry water.
*Non-washable items may be put in a bag and placed in the freezer for 2-3 days.
*Consider using Basic-G Concentrated Germicide.
*Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water daily.
*Increase essential oils (Omega-3, Flax oil, olive oil).
*Get plenty of exercise, fresh air, sunshine, outdoors.
*Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
*Consider fresh juicing and/or power shakes for breakfast, snacks, picky eaters.
*Supplements may be crushed, gelcaps opened and added to juice, shakes, applesauce, etc.
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
*Decrease food and drinks bought and/or stored in plastic containers.
*Decrease microwaved foods (denatured food).
*Decrease processed foods, sugars, simple carbs, fats.
*Become educated regarding possible side effects of any and all medications, over-the-counter or prescribed.
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