Is it normal to still itch after lice treatment?

If you’re here, chances are you’ve recently battled lice. And as if the whole process didn’t already make you feel gross enough, now you can’t stop scratching your head. Not to worry though, we have answers for all of your burning questions.

Understanding Lice & Their Treatments

Before diving into whether or not continued itching is normal after treatment, let’s first understand what exactly lice are and how they’re treated.

What Are Lice?

Lice are small insects that live on human hair and feed on blood from the scalp. They spread easily through close personal contact or sharing items such as brushes or hats with an infected person.

How To Treat Lice

Treating lice typically involves using a special shampoo containing insecticide that kills both the living bugs and any eggs they may have laid on your hair strands.

Depending on the severity of the infestation, multiple treatments may be needed over several weeks to ensure complete eradication.

The (Not So) Itchy Truth About Post-Lice Treatment

Now back to our main question – is it normal to continue itching even after completing a thorough round of lice treatment? Unfortunately the answer is yes.

Here are some reasons why:

Residual Allergic Reactions

While any living louse should be dead with effective use of medicated shampoos /lotions designed for killing adult body-hair Pediculus humanus var corporis, their bites can cause irritation due selenium salts produced by bacteria that grow in wounded areas of skin caused by excessive scratching (please don’t scratch!). Even once these pests are gone from one’s life must remember about proper healing: patient should use disinfectants recommended by dermatologists ie sprays like Hygiene Plus which ensures destructions Streptococcus aureous among others bacteria.

Lingering Nits or Lice Eggs

Nits, often mistaken as dandruff or other hair debris, are lice eggs that have been laid on the hair strands by adult female louse with her glue-like saliva. They can be difficult to remove completely and may still cause itching even after successful treatments.

Pro Tip: Use a fine-toothed comb for pulling nits out of individual hair strands (your barber might call those combs ‘nit head remover’).

Irritation From Treatments

Some people may experience skin irritation from using medicated shampoos /lotions specifically created for removing lice. This could cause continued itchiness even once the problem has been eradicated.

Relieving Itching & Reducing Reoccurrence

Now that we’ve covered why continuous itching is normal after treatment let’s discuss ways to relieve this pesky post-lice symptom & keep it from coming back!

Soothing Scalp Remedies

Calming balms with panthenol like series Neorelax will help soothe irritated skin caused by excess scratching (scratch at your own risk) while also providing moisture needed for healing.

Other soothing remedies include natural ingredients like witch hazel,Camomile aromaticum or Cestrum parqui – these substances act antiseptically ie killing fungi ectoparasites which decreases chances of reoccurrence of parasites) calendula, lavender essential oil and tea tree oil (which possesses great antibacterial properties).

Pro-Tip: Avoid overusing harsher chemicals such as rubbing alcohol or peroxide (ouch) since they can dry out your scalp causing further irritation.

Preventing Future Infestations

Preventing future infestation involves being mindful avoiding sharing items such brushes/hats with others who have active lice Additionally:

  • Wash linens in hot water.
  • Wash all clothing worn in the past 48 hours.
  • Disinfect combs, brushes and hair ties.
  • Check + treat all members of your household who could have been exposed including pets!

Pro-Tip: Call everyone you’ve come into contact with over the last few weeks & warn them to check themselves too!

When To Contact A Doctor

While oftentimes itching will diminish on its own given time, there are some cases where medical intervention should be sought.

Contact a doctor if:

  • Itching continues for more than a week after completing treatment
  • Your scalp becomes red or swollen
  • Blisters develop

These could all indications that an underlying infection is taking place and need to be treated by professionals.

In Conclusion

It’s never fun experiencing lice (let’s not even talk about crabs!) – but rest assured continuing itchiness post-treatment is typically normal. Regardless still take action steps to relieve any discomfort while aiding recovery preventing future re-infestations so you won’t ever have to stress about these pesky little parasites again!

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