How Do I Remove Lice Eggs?

A close-up look at a kid's hair with some lice eggs attached to them.

What are lice eggs?

Nits are lice eggs deposited by the adult female head louse at the base of the hair shaft closest to the scalp. Nits are oval-shaped, small, and difficult to see. They are often mistaken for dandruff, small debris, hair care product residue, or scabs.

Nits are usually yellow or white. However, living nits might be the same color as the affected person's hair. Nits are frequently confused for dandruff, scabs, or hair spray droplets.

Eggs are generally found 1/4 inches or less from the base of the hair shaft and are hard to remove. Nits usually hatch in eight to nine days. When they do, they leave behind transparent shells that stick to the hair shaft and make it seem greyer.

How to spot lice eggs (nits)?

Lice like to deposit their eggs in a few areas on the head. These are known as the "hot spots" of the head because they contain a higher concentration of nits. Hot spots are most commonly found behind both ears, at the nape of the neck, and on the top of the head. These are the areas where you should look for nits most attentively.

For a detailed tutorial on how to check for lice, read How to Check for Lice.

How are lice and their eggs treated?

There are two primary methods for treating lice and nits:

  • Medicine
  • Hand removal

Medicine. Medical professionals often suggest a medicated shampoo, crème rinse, or lotion to kill the lice. These might be OTC or prescription medications. It all depends on what your doctor believes would work best for you.

Lice and nits can be challenging to remove. Inform your doctor if you still have lice two weeks after starting therapy. If some nits were left behind and hatched after treatment, your doctor might advise you to try a different medicine or repeat therapy.

Lice are insects, so usually, lice treatments are mostly insecticides or pesticides. Licefreee Shampoo is completely non-toxic and contains no harmful chemicals. Licefreee Shampoo is a better alternative to other shampoo products that contain toxic ingredients which can be poisonous when used too frequently.

Hand removal. Your doctor may advise you to use wet combing in addition to (or instead of) chemical treatments. Because some households cannot afford lice medication, hand removal is also necessary.

To eliminate lice and nits by hand, use a fine-tooth comb on damp, conditioned hair every 3-4 days for 3 weeks after the last live louse was observed. Work your way through small chunks of hair at a time. Wetting the hair momentarily inhibits the lice from migrating, and the conditioner helps to comb through the hair easier.

Although you may have heard that petroleum jelly, mayonnaise, or olive oil will suffocate head lice, these treatments are not effective.

If you prefer not to use the medicine, you must adequately remove lice and nits every week for at least 3 weeks. Keep an eye out for live lice and take action if you find any.

Best lice and nits treatment for you

Many people have trouble getting rid of lice and their eggs. They might employ treatments that do not work against lice sometimes referred to as  "super lice.” Some families find dealing with head lice stressful or financially draining, so they opt out of dealing with the problem. Many simple, inexpensive, over-the-counter products work in eliminating head lice, such as LiceFreee! We have put together a list of the best-rated non-toxic head lice treatments, shampoos, and combs so you can get rid of your head lice pronto.

LiceFreee Spray! It is a safe and pesticide-free product that contains sodium chloride, also called salt. Quick and easy to apply, Licefreee Spray! begins killing lice upon contact. Hold the bottle 4-6 inches from the head and spray on the entire scalp starting at the hairline and working towards the crown. You must thoroughly saturate the whole scalp and hair to ensure that all lice and nits come in complete contact with Licefreee Spray! Be careful not to spray in the eyes. After the hair is completely dry following treatment, you can resume your regular grooming routines (such as washing hair, styling, etc.). Licefreee Spray! is efficient in killing both head lice and their eggs. As a result, combing is not essential.

Licefreee NitDuo is a unique nit comb that helps remove lice and nits from the hair. Use the smooth side for gentler combing and the grooved side to release stuck-on lice and nits. Combing hair after head lice can be very tedious and exhausting! With the LiceFreee NitDuo comb, you can eliminate lice and nits effectively, so your head will be lice-free within a short time.

TIP: Use conditioner on your hair before combing to make the comb slide easier through the hair. For more tips and tricks on nit-combing, visit here.

What to do after treatment

  • Use a nit comb immediately after using lice treatment to remove remaining lice and their eggs.
  • Continue to use lice shampoo after treatment to avoid possible resurgence or reinfestation.
  • Continue inspecting for nits and lice for two to three weeks.
  • Combs and brushes should be soaked in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.

Guard your family against head lice and nits by using Licefreee

If your child is suffering from head lice and nits, take action quickly and safely to keep the lice from spreading.

At Licefreee, our primary goal is to help families struggling with lice infestations and treat lice effectively and safely. You can trust our products to help you fight head lice and count on our resources to answer your questions or concerns.

Since 1999, Licefreee has continued to develop anti-lice products that are safe and effective. They are also non-toxic.Treating head lice can be very time-consuming! With effective LiceFreee non-toxic head lice products, you can eradicate them quickly and efficiently.

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