Despite many of its shortcomings, kerosene still remains one of the most popular folk remedies for lice . A lot of citizens - perhaps most - remember how parents raised them in a bath in the childhood, smeared their hair with kerosene, put a bag on their heads and forced them to hold it for half an hour while the head uncomfortably itched and the skin under the hair seemed to warm up.
Although in our time this method of removing parasites is obsolete, you still have to give it credit - kerosene from lice and nits really helps, and so even today, with the abundance of more delicate and more effective means in the market, it is still being used. However, taking into account the aggressiveness of kerosene and the many side effects from its use, it is necessary to know well how to properly remove lice and what precautions should be followed.
But first let's see why kerosene is effective against lice . The reason lies in the complex effect of it on parasites:
- kerosene poisons adult insects and larvae
- also it weakens the attachment of nits to the hair
- In addition, kerosene frightens off lice with its sharp odor.
Unlike modern insecticides, which exert a primarily nerve-paralyzing effect on parasites, kerosene leads to rapid intoxication of insects and suffocation. Well moistened chitinous cover of lice, it is able to penetrate deeply into the spiracles, clogging them and blocking the access of oxygen.
However, the high ability of kerosene to penetrate into fatty tissues can lead to unusual skin burns and, in general, deterioration of hair and hair follicles. That is why it is so important to understand well that improper removal of lice with kerosene can present a real danger to a person, especially if it is a small child.
On a note
It's not correct to talk about "treating the lice with kerosene". The disease caused by lice is called lice in the people, in the scientific environment - by pediculosis. It is his - pediculosis - and treated, including kerosene.
Removing lice with kerosene is effective against ordinary head lice as well as against pubic and lice. However, the fight against each type of parasite has its own characteristics, which we will consider below.
Does kerosene help from nits?
Practice shows that kerosene kills nits, but not so reliably as adult lice. The point here is that the nit itself is well protected by a dense shell, and its breathing proceeds much less intensively than the lice themselves breathe.
As a result, in order to destroy nit with kerosene, it is necessary to act on them with a substance of high concentration (pure kerosene), and for a long time (several hours). In this case, the risk of obtaining a severe chemical burn with further peeling of the burned skin and hair loss is great.
Accordingly, for the excretion of kerosene nits in real conditions, a special method of step destruction is applied. Knowing how to get rid of lice with kerosene using this method, you can completely withdraw both the parasites themselves and the nits in just two or three procedures.
"I tried Nit Free - it did not help. MediFox bought, me from it terribly sprinkled. Has tried or tasted vinegar - have remained nits even after two times. I thought it was possible to take out lice with kerosene, everyone was talking about him. I tried it. It turned out that kerosene is much more effective than all expensive shampoos! Twice with an interval of 8 days, she treated her head and forgot about this attack altogether. Just remember to use kerosene from lice, you need to properly comply with the recipe. And then you can burn yourself out with all your lice. "
How to remove lice with kerosene
Before removing lice with kerosene, it is necessary to prepare the liquid itself for use. It is advisable to take lighting or technical kerosene for this. Avtotrakorny and aviation are less preferable because of greater aggressiveness and possible presence of foreign additives.
For a single treatment, enough glass of kerosene.
In the simplest case, kerosene is applied to the hair and scalp with a cotton swab. The hair should be dry at the same time. The most hairy part of the head, eyebrows, neck, men and sideburns are processed as thoroughly as possible. When deducing pubic lice kerosene is applied to the hair on the pubic, groin in general and in the anus.
To reduce the harmful effect on the skin, you can also add a spoon of kerosene to the shampoo, which then carefully soaped wet hair - in this case, the treatment is, in fact, an emulsion of kerosene in a detergent. In the treatment of pediculosis in children, kerosene must be diluted either in the indicated manner or in vegetable oil (see below).
- Two teaspoons of olive oil are taken one tablespoon of kerosene and a teaspoon of shampoo. This combination significantly reduces the corrosive effect of kerosene on hair and skin.
- For three tablespoons of honey, take a teaspoon of kerosene, a teaspoon of shampoo and four tablespoons of hot water, everything is mixed and applied as soon as possible to the head.
On a note
People of the "old tempering" often recommend the first treatment of the head to produce necessarily pure kerosene, and the second one - the control mixture - with a mixture of oils. However, one must understand, this approach carries a serious risk of burning the skin.
After applying kerosene, you should put a plastic bag on your hair and wrap it on top with a towel. Keep kerosene from lice on your head for 1.5-2 hours. With a smaller exposure, it is possible to preserve live parts of lice.
After this period, the towel and the package are removed, and the head is thoroughly washed several times with shampoo. It is also effective to wash the hair with a weak solution of acetic acid - this further weakens the attachment of nits to the hair.
Children with their delicate skin should keep kerosene for no more than 1 hour. Three days after the first treatment, the hair is treated with a mixture of 50 grams of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of kerosene. The mixture also keeps on the head for about an hour, and then washed off with water with a small amount of vinegar or citric acid. Then the head is washed with shampoo.
After another three days, repeat the treatment with a solution of oil or honey. With such a step-by-step treatment, the skin on the child's head will not suffer, and lice die.
"They tried to poison the lice with kerosene from a small one. It was something. The child screams, the stench is unbearable, this muck from the head immediately begins to disintegrate. They only held for half an hour, but it was screaming as if Masha had been put in a frying pan. It is interesting that the second time nothing had to be done - the lice died out all at once. "
To remove lice, contaminated clothing is soaked in water with a significant kerosene content - one liter of kerosene should be taken on a 10-liter water basin - and it lasts for half a day. After that things are washed, dried and ironed.
Precautions when using kerosene
The main danger from using kerosene is the risk of getting a skin burn. When using pure kerosene, such a risk increases, and therefore keep the substance on the head or other part of the body for longer than two hours can not. In people with sensitive skin, damage can occur in half an hour.
On a note
You can check the sensitivity of the skin to kerosene in advance. To do this, it is sufficient to apply the substance to the elbow bend and hold it for half an hour without flushing. If red spots or rashes appear on the site of application, it is better to refrain from removing lice with kerosene.
Kerosene also leads to burning and loosening of hair. Sometimes their discoloration may occur. If the hair is often painted, they should not be treated with kerosene - they can become brittle and begin to pour.
In any case, when removing lice and nits with kerosene, one should avoid getting into the nose and the mucous membranes of the eyes and mouth. If this happens, the mouth, eyes or nose should be rinsed with plenty of clean water.
Also remember about the flammability of kerosene and not work with it near open flame sources.
"Do not use kerosene! We once treated our child with a head, we were told that kerosene helps against lice. An hour later - a chemical burn of the scalp and pieces of flaking skin, and then - a month of treatment with a dermatologist. So do not be stingy and take a normal shampoo from lice. "
Additional enhancement of the effect of kerosene
After treating the hair with kerosene, it is highly recommended to comb out the hair with special combs from lice. This will remove not yet lost, but weakened parasites and part of the nits that have come loose from the hair.
At children at careful combing of hair right after processing and during the next two-three days it is possible to completely remove parasites from a head and not to conduct repeated processing by kerosene.
If the child exhibits a noticeable allergic reaction to kerosene, you should not save and buy a reliable pediculicide shampoo against lice. Such shampoos are more effective than kerosene and are almost always safer.
Also do not forget (especially if there is no money and there is no kerosene), that the most effective way to get rid of lice is to shave your head naked. It's simple, and safe, and reliable.
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