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First time I ever came across head lice, I was certainly not familiar with them, I didn't have a clue what they looked like or knew much about them! I remember when I was about 6 or 7, my older sister coming home from school one day crying. I remember my parents rushing her into the bathroom and when she came out a lot later her hair was covered in something very greasy and smelly! The school nurse had sent her home when she had found head lice. Oh, it was a bit of a taboo subject in those days, it seemed that only dirty people and gypsies had nits and God forbid should your child come home with them! You would certainly not talk about it as you didn't want neighbours or friends knowing! I was then subjected to about half an hour of my mother pulling at my hair and screaming at me to keep still, whilst looking to see if I was infested too! Luckily I didn't have them then and never came home with them throughout my school years.
Years and years later I had my daughter, and not long after starting reception she came down with chicken pox. Every night she would lay there vigorously scratching in her sleep, especially her head. Little did I realize that she had caught the dreaded head lice who were feeding on her sweet blood, until about a week later on one sunny morning when I was hovering by her side whilst she was eating her breakfast. Spotting a little creature walking about on her hair, my first thought was that it was some little insect, a little fly or something, and actually picked it off with a tissue. Then I saw another one and all of a sudden I thought oh my god, are these nits? I screamed, my partner appeared and a couple of minutes later he confirmed my worst fears, yes she had nits and there were plenty of them.
I rushed down to the chemist to buy some treatment and was really not bothered about how much I'd spend as long as I could get rid of the nasty little parasites. The chemist recommended the Lyclear Crème Rinse as she said it was both very effective and reasonably priced, so I bought the one that contains two bottles of 59 ml each; first one was to be used straightaway and the second one a week later, as any eggs remaining will hatch and need killing again.
The solution is suitable for adults and children over 6 months of age and can be used by asthmatics. It is easy to put on and rub in, it is not too runny or too thick and there is plenty of it in one bottle even if you have longer hair. It doesn't smell bad either and after 10 minutes or so you can rinse it off. After leaving it on for 15 minutes as a precaution and whilst rinsing it off with the shower I could see them all, dead, floating away, proof that the Lyclear Creme Rinse had worked. Running the comb through her hair again just to make sure, I was relieved that there were no more. Every day for seven days I checked and checked and then did the second treatment just in case. That whole month I must have checked her hair every single day and nothing. The Lyclear had worked! My daughter did not have them again for another 3 years and then one day she came home with them again. The Lyclear Creme Rinse did the job again and then 4 months later again...and then again. I now keep a spare pack in my cupboard just in case and she has her hair French-platted every day for school as well as covered in tea tree oil spray. I just wish they would bring back the school nurses to check kids' hair and send them home until they've been treated as it is obvious that many parents do not bother and so it becomes a vicious circle.
I found the Lyclear Crème Rinse to be effective, easy and quick to use and reasonably priced at around £6 to £7, a lot cheaper than other products which cost sometimes double or more. The fine comb provided also makes it good value for money as they alone cost, so I would definitely recommend this to all you head lice haters.
Our little lad has had head lice on a few occasions since he started at primary school. He never moans about his head itching, we generally know he's got them if we see him scratching round the back of his neck or behind his ears. My other half is a bit bad with her eye sight so it's usually me who has the job of trying to see if they are there. He's had them about three times now. We've tried to use the Tee Tree lotion and the nit comb but we don't seem to be able to get rid of them all.
The doctor prescribed Lyclear Creme Rinse last time he got them and this is suitable for babies from six months old. Our little lad has eczema and is asthmatic so we were naturally a bit worried that the lotion might affect him but the doctor said it'd be fine.
We used the lotion and left it on for the ten minutes it recommended. It smells very strong and made the little lad cough a lot so we opened some windows to let the air circulate round him till it worked on his scalp. The lotion was medium consistency and white and there's also a nit comb which comes as part of the pack in the box, which was useful.
We rinsed it off and left his hair wet then combed through with the nit comb while his hair was still wet. We got a good amount of nits. His hair is on the long side so thery must've been hiding in there and we couldn't see them beforehand.
We applied more lotion the next day and then kept combing. This lotion works very quick at killing the nits and the live lice. It's also supposed to keep on working at killing htme off after the lotion has been rinsed off. We let his hair dry naturally as he's afraid of the hairdryer.
This stuff smells bad, really bad and it aggrivates the back of my throat so I'd be worried about using it on a baby but its good stuff as it works. We got it on prescription for him and we don't pay for them so I don't know how much it costs to buy over the counter.
Thoroughly recommened by both me and my other half.
*disclaimer; reading this will make you itch*
I don't think anyone ever warned me how unglamorous having children would be. Sure it has its highs, but there are lows too and moments when you wish that you weren't the grown up - case in point starting your weekend with the nasty discovery of lice in your child's tangled hair at some ungodly hour in the morning. Confronted with the sight of actual moving little beasties I did what any sensible mummy would do; washed my kid's hair and drove straight to the open all hours pharmacy in search of something to rid the house of parasites, surely the weekend could only get better? Not with the use of Lyclear it wasn't going to, as it turned out.
If you have children more than likely at some point you are, unfortunately, going to be confronted with head lice which spread through head to head contact - lice can't jump apparently. We had avoided them until recently though had a few false alarms, when your child actually has them it's pretty easy to spot, the child will be itching, a lot, and it's quite easy to see the little white eggs that the females leave on the hair shaft (these are called nits) and, though harder to spot the lice themselves which are the size of sesame seeds and greyish, careful checking with a comb will soon reveal them if your child (or you yourself) is affected. There are a range of treatments available for head lice, most of which involve putting a product on your hair, combing and shampooing. Lyclear was the only product I could find for wet hair - it's a rinse that is put onto the hair and left for 10 minutes, it's supposed to kill the lice over time and once used can be washed out. I paid £7 for 2 small 59ml bottles of lcylear, which also comes with a small plastic comb.
The active ingredient in the lyclear is permethrin, which is an insecticide. I didn't know that at the moment I applied it to my child's head, though I did check the instructions which said it was fine for children over 6 months, I was, I admit in full crisis mode, and though I would have drawn the line at a flame thrower, I would have tried pretty well anything to kill the nasty beasts. Having read up on permethrin since it turns out that the general concensus is that lice have become resistant to it. This, in my experience, seems to be true, though the leaflet does say that "lice may continue to move or twitch for up to 24 hours after treatment" *shudder* and that this is normal and not a sign of failure of the treatment, in our case it was worse than that and we had to move onto other methods.
The cream itself was easy enough to apply root to tip, though one squeezy bottle of the two in the pack wasn't enough to cover my daughter's thick hair as suggested. It smells a bit chemically, but not really unpleasant or strong and as it is quite thick it's fairly simple to make sure all the hair and scalp is covered. Once left for 10 minutes it did rinse well and I could start combing - the double sided white comb provided was good at removing lice and nits (I wiped the prongs after each stroke), I combed for quite a considerable amount of time, as suggested. Compared to other treatments, of which I have used a number since, there was no oily residue but, the crux of the matter is that in my opinion the product simply failed to work. The lice were doing more than moving or twitching 24 hours later, they were virtually having a party on my child's head, it didn't seem to affect them at all. Worse still my child's scalp did seem to be quite irritated by the use of the cream, this could have been in part due to the lice but she got quite a nasty rash on her hairline.
The conclusion was that this treatment, which promises to work on one use only (with repeat after 7 days to catch any stray new lice from eggs) doesn't really work and it does seem that those pesky lice are indeed resistant to it. If, like me, you do make an unpleasant discovery of the moving on the head kind one day, I really wouldn't recommend this product, it doesn't necessarily work - buy an electronic comb or look at products such as "Full Marks" that work in a different way not involving chemicals that lice have become resistant to. Not recommended.
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For the fast effective treatment of head lice and their eggs you want Lyclear crème rinse or so Lyclear would have you believe. I used this on my son when he was a year old and had ended up with head lice after his sister's birthday party and to be fair to Lyclear it worked but he had hardly any hair and therefore the job was made easier.
A year later almost to the day after yet another party and I find my daughter has them so out with the Lyclear once again but this time on my daughters long hair and very different results. It is apparently quite usual to find eggs left over in longer hair and Lyclear themselves say you should comb the hair through to get rid of any eggs but it was not eggs we found but live head lice so clearly the Lyclear crème rinse had not done its job.
We had followed the instructions to the letter just as we had done with our son, shampoo the hair and towel dry, shake bottle thoroughly and saturate the hair with crème rinse taking care to get behind the ears and the nape of the neck where head lice live, left it on for ten minutes as instructed then rinsed and dried yet when we combed through the hair as instructed to remove any eggs or dead lice we found live lice instead and even after a second treatment they were still there.
A trip to the chemist later and a bottle of some other type of treatment the name of which escapes me and the little fu***rs are gone, leaving me with the opinion that Lyclear may be ok for short hair but useless for long!!
I seem to be waging a losing battle against evil head lice, the mere mention of them seems to be enough to get people scratching their heads. It seems that as soon as I get my daughter clear of the things, she goes back to school and gets reinfested. I love the summer holidays as it means six weeks of not worrying about head lice.
Lyclear is a permethrin based head lice treatment. It is an insecticide which works by killing the insects when it is either ingested through their mouth or skin. Well thats the theory, in practice many lice are now resistant to permthrin so it does nothing at all to them.
Lyclear is easy to use, just apply to hair and wash off 10 minutes later. It is gentle on the skin and doesnt smell nearly as bad as some of the overnight treatments. I've found that I need two bottles to treat slightly below the shoulder hair so it works out expensive. After you have used the treatment, you comb through the hair with the fine toothed comb provided and hopefully you comb out dead lice.
Personally, I would recommend that you dont bother with this product. Wet combing the hair every couple of days with a bone comb seems to be the only thing that works.
'I don't have children!! In fact I haven't been near anybody under five foot two, let alone a child. I'm an ADULT for petes sakes'. The pharmicist smiled. 'I'm sorry, but it's definately lice'. I'd like to say I awoke from a very bad dream at this point, but alas no, tis a true story. I would have liked to have stayed anonymous for this opinion, but that doesn't happen with Ciao, so I'm coming out to you all; I've had head lice!! Where the little buggers came from I do not know, but I can tell you that after using Lyclear I have sent the evil creatures back to Hell where they belong!! I freely admit I was mortified, I remembered the taunts I had as a six year old when I had them at school, and my blood ran cold at the memory. My head had started to itch a few days ago, and when I asked my husband to have a poke around in my hair he came back with the prognosis that I had dandruff; not a great thing to be told, but a damned site better than what turned out to be the truth of the matter. I found one of the offending creatures after having a really good scratch, and after happily killing it, the truth dawned...I knew what I had to do. I walked to Boots with a big furry hat planted safely on my head, and tentatively made my way to the pharmacy bit. I told her all the info I had, even describing in detail at what i had found. Just for the sake of the story I'll also tell you that I whispered the whole thing because the other woman behind the counter was a girl I went to school with, and she was one of the kids who had taunted me 22 years previously. She seemed to announce through a megaphone that I had head lice, the cow, and after the exchanged words from the beginning of this opinion, she recommended Lyclear. All I had to do was go home, wash my hair in mild shampoo, towel dry and plaster my hair with the Lyclear Creme Rinse, which i dutifully did. You leave th
e stuff on for ten minutes, i admit to twenty just to be on the safe side, and then you rinse it off. I cannot explain the sheer bliss of laying in bed and not scratching my head until it almost bled, not to mention the fact I was safe in the knowledge that 'things' were no longer crawling all over my scalp. I know it is not a shameful thing to get Head Lice, even though I was mortified, and I also know now that they go for clean hair, little recompense, but I can honestly say that if i ever get them again, God forbid, I will be a lot calmer in the knowledge that £6.99 and a trip to Boots will sort the whole thing out.
This product works by asphyxiating the lice which is all well and good as long as you do not have eggs in your hair.This worked on my daughter but it did not work on me as the next day all the icky eggs hatched!It admits that lice can still be moving around up to 24hours after treatment which quite frankly turned my stomach.It smells pleasant, is easy to use and is quick but I do not feel it is worth risking reinfestation the next day!You get a free comb with the prodct unlike other treatments which works in its favour.My opinion of this product is:do not waste your time or money!Get something that kills lice AND eggs such as full marks mousse!
Adults and children over 6 months: shampoo hair, rinse, towel dry. Apply creme to damp scalp and hair, leave for 10 minutes. Rinse, comb and dry. Not recommended below 6 months except under medical supervision.