Can You Use Shampoo to Prevent Head Lice?

Q:
Can you use shampoo to prevent head lice?

A:
Head lice are attracted to us by our human smell. There are known scents that lice do not like, then it will keep them away. You can use a tea tree oil shampoo, a lavender oil shampoo, or a coconut oil shampoo.

You can either buy one of these ready-made shampoos or you can add a few drops of one of these oils to your regular soft shampoo.

Tea tree oil contains terpenoids, which have antiseptic and antifungal properties, and have thus the property to kill adult head lice and nymphs. It can have side-effects and be harmful to your health, so it is better as a home remedy when you have an infestation already.

Lavender can work well at preventing head lice and is safer as tea tree oil. It is not toxic and provokes very few skin irritations. It doesn’t have the side-effects of tea tree oil and is safer to use.

Coconut oil is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. It has been used in many countries as a home remedy against head lice.

Commercial lice killing shampoos
These are shampoos which active ingredients are permethrin like in Nix, pyrethrum like in RID, or malathion.

They should NEVER be used to prevent head lice, as they have no prevention effect. Moreover, they can have side-effects that range from light to severe and should only be used to treat an existing head lice infestation.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.