What to Do with Lice After It Is Removed

Lice removal treatments will deal with most lice. After performing the treatment what happens

next? This is something few tend to talk about. After removal, you need to be aware of a few key

things that will prevent the lice from immediately returning.

Proper Louse Disposal

Proper disposal of lice after removal is very important. After treating hair with a lice shampoo or

other form of lice removal method, you will need to use a fine tooth comb to ensure all nits are

removed from the hair. The best way to do this is to have a box of tissues and a bowl of hot

soapy water nearby. In between each swipe, be sure to dip the comb into the hot soapy water and

then wipe clean with a tissue before swiping a new piece of hair. After you have combed through

all the hair and are sure you haven’t missed any, flush any contents left in the bowl down the

toilet. Any tissues used to wipe the nit comb clean should be sealed in a plastic bag and taken

directly out to a trash receptacle.

What Does Your Lice Removal Treatment Target?

Not all lice removal treatment options were created equally. Many lice removal treatments only

target the egg-laying lice. These are the lice you likely noticed immediately. The problem is that

some treatments may not remove the eggs already laid by these lice. This is the number one

reason why lice so often return in the days and weeks after clearing them away. And unless you

address this problem you’re going to experience the same situation time and time again.

Why the Focus On Removing the Eggs?

Nits or eggs that are left behind have the potential of undoing all the hard work you just did to

eliminate your lice infestation. If all eggs are not removed, a new batch of lice can hatch and

cause a new infestation. For the best outcome, it is recommended that you do a daily sweep with

a nit comb for up to two weeks after the first treatment. If you simply do not have the time to do

this daily, be sure to do another comb through two weeks after the first treatment. It is imperative

you do not skip this step. This will ensure that you did not miss any nits that can cause a new


Tell Everyone

It may be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but the only way to stop the spread of lice

throughout your community is to tell anyone you’ve been in close contact with over the last three

to four weeks. You’re not just doing other people a favor you’re also making sure that lice don’t

come back to haunt you. Just because you’ve had head lice before doesn’t decrease the chances

of you getting them again. Head lice are not like chicken pox, so warning others that they should

do a head check will reduce the chances of the lice returning. It’s not uncommon for adults and

children to go weeks without lice only to see them coming back again.

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