How to get rid of lice -- prepper style!

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Above, author and prepper Joseph Alton, M.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Bones) shares
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Happy endings...
Thankfully lice do not bring any serious threat of disease. They
are pesky and problematic, but not a death sentence. Prognosis
is good! Just inform all members of the group not to share
hygienic items, and then be sure to comb every day!

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What's the difference between hair, body and pubic
lice?
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Dr. Bones! Joseph Alton, M.D. a.k.a. Dr. Bones of
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infestations that we see today is that of lice." Visit his Web
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Head lice
How to get rid of head lice (the prepper way)

They don't call it Lysol for nothing. That's your first hint about
how to get rid of pesky head lice. Certainly Lysol will help you
get rid of pesky head lice (spray it on the counters, not your
head, silly) but you can also do it naturally without any
chemicals.

How to Get Rid of Lice Prepper-style!
The good and happy news is that lice can't fly! Unfortunately,
they do get around. They crawl or drop to get to another host.
They also aren't dangerous. There is no imminent disease that
lice bring, at least for now. Though, rickettsia are parasites
intermediate between bacteria and viruses, which then can pass
on a human host and include lice. Someday lice could be an
agent in
bioterrorism.

The bad news is that they are simply a nuisance. They will cost
you time and money.

So how do you know if you have head lice?
When you have lice, you'll know. There is no other bug that
wants to crawl into your hair. A bug may land in your hair, but it
doesn't want to stay there. A ladybug, for example, can rest on
your head, but it won't crawl into your hair!

Rule #1: Don't be in denial about head lice.
If it is May, June or July (prime months for head lice), don't be
in denial that you have head lice, particularly if the school has
sent out a message about head lice, or if another mother who
has the problem is informing you that your child has had an
exposure. Don't be in denial if you are an adult without children
either! Anyone can get head lice:

  • Adults and kids get head lice.
  • People with short hair and long hair get head lice.
  • Dr. Joseph Alton says people of African descent are
    somewhat resistant to head lice, which may be because of
    the shape of the hair shaft.
  • Dogs do not get head lice. That's good news!

The first thing to know is that you must act quickly if you
suspect having head lice. The process can start 4-6 weeks
before you feel a tickling.

Rule #2: Take action, even if it doesn't itch!
Be proactive and look for lice if your child has attended camp,
you receive a notice from school, if you borrow sporting
helmets, if you get a call from your hairdresser etc.!  The
telltale signs of headlice include a subtle itch, particularly
around the ears or the nape of the neck.

If someone in your family or group has been exposed to head
lice, start immediately with an action plan. Here are some
simple things you can do:

  • Get out the nit comb! Take a proactive approach by
    inspecting the heads of your family member or group. Left
    is a nit comb. Better to order a few now before you need
    them online. (Also you'll save yourself from that
    embarrassing feeling at the local pharmacy.)

  • Wash dirty towels and pillows. By washing all pillows in
    the household and all dirty towels, you are taking the first
    step towards minimizing the problem if you have one. For
    the person who has been exposed, wash the entire
    bedding.

"When you have a group of diverse people living in close
quarters for long periods of time, you may see infestations  of
lice and such crop up... Do everyone a favor and stock up on
appropriate remedies." says Jim Cobb, Prepper's long term
survival guide, pictured immediate right.

Rule #3: Take more action if it tickles or itches.
It starts before you even get a tickle. The head lice have been
with you four to six weeks prior. You may not really think you
have head lice. Know ahead of time that the tell tale signs in
the beginning are rather vague. It's not like having poison oak
or a mosquito bite. You may not have skin rashes or
demonstrable signs that you even have lice. The start of your
problem is a rather faint itch.

  • Itching may happen around the ears, nape of the neck or
    forehead.
  • You may think your baseball cap or hat is hitting your head
    funny.

Rule #4: Be nit picky!
The way to rid yourself and your family or group of head lice is
to be vigilant in combing with a nit comb. Yes, that's where
they got the phrase, "being nit picky." It's because it is a very
laborious process in getting rid of nits. It takes hours of
combing.

Use these essential oils as you comb for nits:
  1. aniseed oil ~ The most popular natural lice treatment,
    aniseed oil, as a distinct licorice-like aroma. Healthline
    discusses aniseed oil and other ways to treat headlice.
  2. clove oil
  3. citronella essential oil ~ Add a drop of citronella to you
    your palm with the shampoo to add volume to your hair
    and simultaneously get rid of the lice.
  4. cinnamon leaf oil
  5. Lavender essential oil helps kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. To
    use Lavender essential oil for lice, just add a few drops to
    a nit comb and comb regularly. You can also use a lavender
    shampoo.
  6. eucalyptus oil
  7. neem oil
  8. nutmeg oil
  9. peppermint oil
  10. red thyme oil
  11. tea tree oil

Head lice preparedness supply list
Before you actually have lice, as a prepper it's better to
prepare. Get the gear you need in place. You can order the stuff
online, so you don't need to face the clerk who can't seem to
swipe your credit card properly and who asks if you need a bag!
Delivery to your home will make things confidential, and
prepared to handle what comes your way.

Supply list for getting rod if head lice:
Gather your supplies! You'll need:
  1. Lysol
  2. detergent to clean all the family bedding and towels, plus
    any clothes, which have come into contact with infected
    indiviudals.
  3. comb and brush
  4. lice comb (a specially designed comb to capture lice)
  5. magnifying glass (if you have bad eyes)
  6. garbage bags (to quarantine items you can't wash, such as
    big stuffed animals and decorative pillows).
  7. zip lock bags (to contain brushes and combs)
  8. clear duct tape (to catch the creepy crawlies)
  9. shower caps
  10. Essential oils:  cinnamon leaf oil, tea tree oil, lavender,
    geranium rose -- all are effective at getting rid of head lice
  11. Vacuum cleaner. You will want to vacuum once daily.

Step One: Cancel all appointments.
This is going to take a while. The work you have to rid yourself
of the problem will take several hours and it's well worth it.
Certainly you don't want to spread it to family, friends or
colleagues only to have them give back to you. Do you?

Step Two: Quarantine all the bedding and towels.
A priority is to get the bedding into the laundry, so that you can
begin to sterilize it. The way to sterilize is to do the laundry.
Hot water or hot dry cycle should do the trick. If you have a
heavily infested case, then you'll want to use the "sterilize"
cycle of your washing machine if you have such a feature.

Step Three: begin combing with a metal lice and nit
comb.
Your goal is to get live lice by combing them out. By combing
we mean, with combing with a metal lice and nit comb. A lice
and nit comb, pictured left, is a 100% effective at killing both
lice and nits (the eggs lice lay). Be sure to use a metal lice
comb (and not the useless plastic ones sometimes included
with kits). You'll need metal ones you can sterilize. Between
use you'll boil and kill the lice that wedge between the prongs.
Without this important step, you will be passing along lice to
other in your family or group.

Your goal in combing is to get at the live louse. These are the
adults, which lay eggs. You also will succeed at getting rid of
your problem if you get the tiny little eggs. They are a bit like
sesame seeds, but about half the size and round, not oval.

You don't want the lice to have a party on your head and
procreate, and the only way to stop them is to comb them out.
Every louse you catch today, will help minimize the problem you
have tomorrow.

Step Four: Begin treatment.
You can't just shampoo and be done with it. If you're new to
lice, then we suggest using Nix. It's toxic, but does the trick at
killing both the eggs and the nits.

In the beginning, you don't really want to believe you have lice,
so you're not going to be as rigorous as you think you must be.
This is why we recommend a heavy duty chemical combatant. It
will get the job done on your head, but you still have a time
ahead of you of disinfecting the household to rid yourself of
these mini vampires.

  • Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. End your treatment with a tea
    tree oil shampoo. Be careful not to get into the eyes. Your
    eyes hate tea tree oil as much as the lice! Tea Tree oil
    shampoo is best for this rinse.

  • Lavender Essential Oil shampoo. Once you've completed
    treatment, your subsequent shampoos can be with
    lavender essential oil.

Step Five: Sanitize (Vacuum, spray and wipe away).
While heads are covered with Begin to sanitize. Keeping clean
is important. Head lice don't care how neat you are, they care
only how

  • Vacuum. You can suck up the little guys with a vacuum.

  • Wipe with Windex. Wipe away critters from your
    telephone.

  • Spray with Lysol. Spray coats, couches, carpeting and
    stuffed animals. Anywhere in which heads may have
    touched.

Questions preppers may have about head lice:

  • I keep a clean house, how did we get lice? Clean people
    get lice.Everyone can get lice (rich or poor, young or old,
    clean or unclean). All it takes is brushing up against
    someone with lice or brushing up against something that
    had lice waiting. You could get it from the seat of a
    restaurant, a ride at the fair, a bus seat or taxi cab, along
    with the other known ways to get lice, such as a shared
    hat, brush or towel. Your coat could have contracted lice
    hanging next to someone who had lice. You may have been
    clothes shopping and contracted lice from a garment
    someone else infected with lice tried on before you.

    Certainly, however, lice love unsanitary conditions. If you
    don't clean, they can keep the party going! In other words,
    a clean household can get lice

  • Can you get lice from a dog? Can a dog give you head
    lice? Thankfully, the answer to both these questions is no.
    You can only get lice from other humans.


  • Can I get head lice down below? You can not get head
    lice in your pubic area. Head lice need the scalp to feed;
    however, other types of lice are attracted to your other
    body parts. There are three different kinds of lice:
  1. Head lice
  2. Body lice: According to the CDC, "Improved hygiene
    and access to regular changes of clean clothes is the
    only treatment needed for body lice infestations."
  3. Pubic lice. You'll need an over the counter
    (permethrin) or prescription to get rid of pubic lice,
    according the CDC about pubic "crab" lice.

Lice can be transmission vectors, but thankfully not head lice!
Well, at least for the moment. There is no conclusive evidence
that head lice are transmission vectors; however, as we
prepper's know with pandemics, viruses mutate and who knows
what the future may bring. Perhaps they will some day "catch a
ride" on head lice to spread.

Here's a video from a public school nurse on how to get rid of
head lice (symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and treatment):
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