Identifying Sources of Post-Treatment Itching and Treatment Options
Let’s be real; there is nothing fun about having a case of lice. Similarly, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of relief once your lice treatment is completed. But if your head still itches after lice treatment, this could send you right back into the panic and stress you just rid yourself of. Did your lice come back? The experts of lice removal in Los Angeles - the Hair Whisperers - are here to remind you to stay calm. There are a variety of reasons why your head still itches after lice treatment. Here we’ll take a look at four primary reasons that your head still itches after lice treatment, including:
For each of these possible sources of continued itching, we’ll dive a little deeper and provide you with options for treating your itchy head after lice treatment.
One of the most likely sources of your head still itching after lice treatment is from a dry or irritated scalp from treatment. All over-the-counter lice treatments contain a variety of irritants - from chemicals to salt-based compounds - that cause irritation and drying on the scalp.
We at Hair Whisperers urge your to avoid these treatments due to the harmful effects of these chemicals, many of which are considered carcinogenic and unsafe for children, women who are pregnant or nursing, and people with severe allergies or asthma. If you’ve already fallen victim to the harmful effects of these OTC treatments and your head still itches after treatment, there are a few simple solutions for this issues.
Have you ever watched a documentary about insects and instantly felt like you were covered in bugs? Likewise, you’re probably itching right now just THINKING about lice. Chances are, you’re experiences psychosomatic itching - which many psychologists classify as as hysterical condition. Simply put, psychosomatic itching is a manifestation of anxiety and paranoia on the human body. As a (frankly interesting) reminder of the complexity of our brains and out natural ability to empathize, psychosomatic itching can be a frustrating experience.
Since psychosomatic itching is quite literally IN your head and not ON your head, it can be difficult to treat. Since psychosomatic itching is based in anxiety, we recommend the same approaches many take at combatting anxiety, including:
Lice are parasitic insects that get nutrients from human blood. To get the blood, they bite the scalp. Much like mosquito bites or bites from other insects, these bites can cause irritation. Mom always told us that the only way to stop the itching is to stop scratching, but we all know that’s easier said than done. But (as always) mom was right! Itching can cause the louse bite to reopen and potentially get infected and take longer to heal.
Like mom said; you have to stop scratching. To stop scratching we recommend a few things:
The source of the itching you’ve been dreading: you might still have lice. This harsh reality is an increasingly common issue. Since lice are becoming resistant to most over the counter lice treatments, you could easily still have lice after a treatment. Even if you chose a nit-picking technique, lice reproduce quickly, and missing even a few nits could mean the infestation continues.
If your first lice treatment didn’t work and you’re tired of the stress and hassle of head lice, we recommend seeking professional help. The Hair Whisperers are the experts of lice removal in Los Angeles, and perform in-home lice removal by hand. Their specially-trained associates know the proper techniques for getting rid of lice once and for all without harmful, irritating chemicals. This way, you can rest assured that you’ve treated your lice infestation fully and can get back to life as planned.