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Last Modified on Jan 28, 2008

Serious Head Lice Issue in Indiana

01/28/2008: Carrie from Indiana: HI there. We just moved to Indiana from California, and we are fighting head lice for the first time. My daughters are 5 and 10, and I am at my wit's end after spending close to $1000.oo on product. The nurse keeps telling me to get the nits out, and we comb out every morning and night, as well as treat their hair every 7 days with whatever I have not yet tried. We have a beautiful 4500 sq ft house with many new furniture pieces and newly painted walls, yet the school nurse says that the "house" may have had lice when we moved in. The 10 yr-old house was empty in August when we moved in, so I cannot fathom how there could have been lice in it. Please help me if you can. I have tried all of your suggestions, but we cannot get rid of this insipid creature. My 10 yr-old has gorgeous clean thick blonde hair, and my younger girl has straight blonde shoulder length hair, and I comb them out every morning and every night. I am going insane and broke with this. I pick the nits with my fingernails as my baby screams. The school nurse treats me like a terrible mother because the girls still have nits, and they are the "only ones" at school, in both the Kinder and 5th grade classes. Also, it is against school policy to send a note home stating that lice has been discovered at school, and the nurse doesn't have time to check all the kids. So my gut says the kids got the bugs at school, yet the school is not equipped to check all the kids. I even offered to get a parent group to check, but apparently that is against the law too. In California, I was on my friend's committee to check all the kids for lice. She was a non-working doctor, and the committee got it done in one day. I suggested that here in Indiana, and I was laughed out of the office because of the laws. What am I doing wrong?

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies:

Dear Carrie:

I don't know which remedies you tried, but the most common way to rid of head lice is saturated borax in 1% hydrogen peroxide, no rinsing, done in late evening and rinse in the morning. This is done for about at least 3 days in a row. Most reinfection comes from the eggs, but if the bed, carpet is sprayed with peroxide and borax solution (no borax precipitate is added), then they should dry of the rest of the eggs and small lice in area. Lice tends to have hives in the bed, so disinfection with this solution as well as all pillows is important. They may also exist in the closets, rugs, and unused combs. Reinfection is the real problem on stubborn lice condition. If it is very serious after shampooing with borax and some hydrogen peroxide, of 1% or less, a child should not sleep in the usual room if it comes to the extend that nothing was successful.

Finally, once this is used for 3 days in a row, a DEET spray is sprayed every 12 hours (such as OFF!), in small amount lightly around the bed and clothes and area of the head to prevent reinfection of the head lice.

It should be noted that school quarantine does help prevent further spread, but they may have not used any natural pesticides sprayed in the school premises and this may render quarantine ineffective and hence reinfection is still possible in school on issue of mites longer than expected. Most head lices seem to spread in school lockers and other places where students are held close to each other.

04/15/2010: Cory from Lima, Oh replies: How much Borax and how much Peroxide do you have to mix for the spray and to put on your hair?
03/04/2012: Ron from Round Rock, Texas USA replies: Thanks Ted for the simple and effective treatment for eliminating lice: I wanted to confirm the borax & hydrogen peroxide; tea tree oil lavender oil treatment works well. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

Ted from Bangkok: "... Try shampooing in just a saturated solution of borax with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. Apply tea tree oil plus lavender oil generously overnight.

I Can Loosen, How Do I Eliminate Head Lice?

11/27/2006: Elle from Ventura, CA: For LICE, I have used Miracle Whip to loosen the bugs for my young one. It seems to help given the dressing sits for 15 min. It loosened but did not eliminate the Head Lice. Do you have any suggestions for home remedies for the elimination of head lice? We have been dealing with this for 6 months now. The OTC Lice shampoos don't seem to work at all (why they're even sold, I don't know). Thank you in advance. Also, I am so blessed to have found earthclinic.com! What a wonderful site! In the few days upon discovering it, I have learned so much! Thank you, thank you!

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Elle: Try shampooing in just a saturated solution of borax with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. Apply tea tree oil plus lavender oil generously overnight. The eggs should die quite easily in presence of these penetrating oils as it goes right through the lice eggs. Usually if done well, one single application will do it. But here is the secret: you must remove laundry, hot wash them and bleached all pillows, bed spreads, clothes to prevent REINFECTION. If not sure then just spray a liquid solution of borax on the bed.

You don't need a lice shampoo. The reason why these are not effective is that they generate better sales. If it is cured in one bottle, they can only sell one bottle. If it takes about 10 bottles to cure it, they can sell 10 bottles, but you need plenty of promotion and advertising to keep the sales up. One funny story running around decades ago was a company that wanted to try to make a lice shampoo that only kill the lice, but not the eggs. Of course they want to find a way to make sure the eggs get delayed hatching! Whether that story was true or not, the researcher I talked to was getting well paid to find the solution! I was very stupid guy and cannot do that except just kill it, which by company standards I think is child's play.

I remember talking to one owner who makes a lot of money on furniture and he mentioned to maximize profit, he made sure that these furniture were engineered to breakdown right after the warranty period.

It is not just furniture we are now talking about, but one light bulb company made a light bulb that lasts almost forever. The company went out of business for nearly a century. One light bulb, last I heard was still shining after 80 years!

Apparently those who do buy them, will never come and buy another one, and since they were happy with that, they didn't tell their friends to buy them either. So the company was closed and now we are stuck with light bulbs that you keep buying them over and over again.

05/10/2013: Lois from Fayetteville, Arkansas replies: Ted, when shampooing in just a saturated solution of borax with 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. HOW MUCH of both products??
05/12/2013: Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada replies: this question is for Ted or anyone who knows the answer. Could I use alcohol as a penetrant instead of hydrogen peroxide. Or what could I use instead of HP? I have thought of using DMSO. I think my pup gave me something gross, like his mange!!!!!!!!!!!! My hair is itchy and my eyebrows are getting thinner and so itchy. The hairs are breaking near the bottom and the follicles are inflamed and the skin looks thicker. He had has ongoing mange issues and I use Teds treatment and it works. I guess I need to do it more often as I see it comeback slightly.

Anyhoo, sorry about the run on but I cannot use peroxide on my hair as it bleaches it and I am a brunnett. Sigh!

Thanks for any input!!

05/12/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: I have picked a lot of nits in my day and my friends recently... You can buy a nit comb and after using a topical of some oil, coconut, olive, mayonaise, nightly until gone? Then comb out what you can and retreat with oil. Find someone to look in the sun and pick out any nits on hair shafts or one may remain and relay those eggs into critters.... My friend had 200 the first time I picked and about 20 next time and then I didn't find any.



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