I just treated for lice, why am I still itching? Do I need to treat again?
Not necessarily, there are a few reasons why you are still itchy.
We are often asked, why am I still itchy after using a lice treatment? You’re thinking, “I’ve already done a lice treatment, and I’m still itchy, should I retreat?” Don’t panic, there’s no need to retreat unless:
Now, on to the business of itching; there are a few reasons to explain why one might still be itchy post-treatment:
If traditional lice treatments were used, they may be harsh and irritating to the scalp. Traditional lice treatments contain chemical pesticides, pyrethrum or permethrin. If you have used Licefreee!, you’ll notice the active ingredient is sodium chloride, known as salt. Salt, as we know, can be drying (think of salt’s effect on slugs!).
Repeated use of head lice treatments can also cause drying and irritation of the scalp. So, unless you find live lice, stop using lice treatments.
When a louse snacks on your scalp, that area can become irritated and result in itching. This may continue even post-treatment, until the bites have healed completely.
Use a deep conditioner after lice treatment to help restore moisture to your scalp to reduce itching and dryness. If you’re still itchy, remember, it does not mean you still have lice!