Lice treatment

Head lice (pediculus humanus capitis) are wingless insects which are only found as parasites on humans and which nourish themselves exclusively from blood. They are about 3 mm long and have 3 powerful pairs of legs with clips.

Head lice appear sporadically in both town and country areas. Children between 5 and 11 years are particularly susceptible. And lice don’t stop at the cleanest or neatest heads. Long hair in particular offers ideal conditions for lice to lay their eggs.


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  • no chemical insecticides
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No! Even though insufficient hygiene may favour the spread of lice, a louse can feel quite at home on a clean scalp.
Head lice are a common phenomenon all over the world in both cities and in the countryside. In recent times cases of head lice have become more prevalent in Europe and also in Switzerland they are spreading rapidly in schools and kindergartens. This increased occurrence of head lice infestations is generally attributed to the recent boom in international tourism. 5 to 11 year old children are most susceptible to infestation.
Doctors and hygiene experts advise against sending infected children to kindergarten or school until they are louse-free. In order to put an end to the vicious circle it is imperative that not only the lice are killed, but that the nits (eggs) are eliminated too. (See: RAUSCH LICE STOP) Important: It is strongly recommended that persons in close contact with the infected person protect themselves against an infestation, for example with RAUSCH WILLOW BARK TREATMENT SHAMPOO . Furthermore, it is important to inform the school or the kindergarten in order to prevent further spreading.
The head louse lays long, oval shaped eggs - so-called nits. They are between 0.3 and 0.8 mm long. To begin with the nits are glossy white, later they turn yellow to browny yellow. The eggs are fixed by the female louse using a strong adhesive, non-dissolving cement. The eggs are usually attached close to the base of the hair shaft. The development of the eggs and larvae is dependent upon the temperature and humidity. The warmer it is, the faster the development.The complete cycle - from egg to larva to egg laying - can be covered in as little as 18 days. Normally this would last 3 weeks.
7 to 14 days after each lice treatment it is necessary to carry out a careful follow-up check. As not only head and hair can be infested with lice it is important too to clean any objects that have been in contact with the hair. Brushes and combs need to be cleaned thoroughly. Towels, clothing and bedding have to be changed and washed at 60°C. If possible put the laundry into the tumble-drier afterwards. Objects that cannot be washed should be put into hermetically sealable plastic bags for about 4 weeks in order to starve the lice out. This method is also very effective when it comes to soft toys that are often in very close contact with the hair. Floors and upholstered furniture have to be thoroughly vacuumed to remove any loose hair.
The first indications of a head lice infection are itchiness and the desire to scratch which are caused by the toxin that penetrates the skin during the louse bite. Scratching can cause infections and rashes. So if a child scratches its head often, parents and teachers should take the time and carefully check the hair for nits. Head lice are rarely seen, as they move too quickly. The nits on the other hand are easier to find. The use of a magnifying glass is recommended, as nits are very small. Head lice generally startlaying their eggs on the temples, behind the ears and on the neck. The difference between dandruff and nits is that nits adhere firmly to the hair shaft and cannot be wiped off.
During a lice treatment hair should be washed 2 to 3 times a week with RAUSCH WILLOW BARK TREATMENT SHAMPOO. Dilute the shampoo with some water in your hand before applying it to the hair. Wash your hair only once. For extra conditioning and to make your hair more easy to comb you can also apply RAUSCH HERBAL DETANGLING CONDITIONER (SPRAY) after shampooing onto the length of your hair. This also helps to cover up the characteristic smell of willow bark distillate.
Head lice always come from another head. Caps are sometimes switched, combs or earphones shared, and during the lunchtime sleep in kindergarten, cushions and soft toys get muddled. Lice do not jump! They walk from one head to another or from head to object. It used to be after the holiday season that the number of lice infestations increased markedly. However, nowadays the phenomenon has become an all-year-round problem.