Why am I still itchy after lice treatment?

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. 

Why am i still itching after lice treatmentWe 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:

  • You find live lice (bugs).
  • You are following up with a second treatment as recommended 7-10 days after the first treatment.
  • Or, you think you think you might actually lose your mind if you don’t complete one more treatment, just for your peace of mind. In that case, do that second treatment; ease your mind. The great thing about Licefreee! is that it is non-toxic and safe for repeated use.

Now, on to the business of itching; there are a few reasons to explain why one might still be itchy post treatment:

Your scalp may just be a little irritated.

If you went with one of the traditional lice treatment options, they use chemical pesticides such as permethrin or pyrethrum which may be harsh and irritating to the scalp. If you have used Licefreee!, you’ll notice the active ingredient is sodium chloride, more simply known as salt.  Salt, as we know, can be drying (think of salt’s effect on slugs!). 

You may have tried several types of lice treatments.

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.

Bite sites; yep, that’s right, bites!

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.

What to do?

A deep conditioner may help restore moisture to your scalp post head lice treatment(s) to alleviate itching and dryness; and if you’re still itchy, remember, it does not necessarily mean you still have lice!

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