Vinegar is a long-known folk remedy for lice . As the rich people's experience shows, as well as quite modern studies, vinegar against lice and nits can indeed be effective, but its thoughtless use often involves unwanted side effects and even accidents.
Therefore, before trying to take lice with vinegar, you should always carefully familiarize yourself with the characteristics of this substance and the process as a whole, and then act with strict control of the condition of the infected, especially the child.
The effectiveness of recipes using vinegar from lice are somewhat inferior to today's popular shampoos and lotions containing various insecticides. After a one-time treatment, vinegar kills lice, but not all, but it effectively affects the nits.
Here you can not talk about the complete excretion of nits with vinegar, but most eggs from this treatment are easily peeled off from the hair and can be subsequently combed out by combs.
On a note
In order to remove lice with vinegar, you can use alcohol, apple, wine and any other vinegar. It is important only to monitor its concentration - in the bottle for use should contain no more than 9% of acetic acid proper. This is the maximum possible concentration for food vinegar.
In comparison, with many other folk remedies, vinegar from lice and nits is the most effective remedy. On the effectiveness with it can compete except that chinese water and kerosene. However, the former is much more expensive, and the second is too complicated and too dangerous to use.
So, let's take a closer look at how to get rid of lice with vinegar and how exactly this substance affects the parasites.
The principle of vinegar: what is it dangerous for lice?
In folk medicine, a solution of vinegar from lice is usually used, since concentrated acetic acid is very caustic and can cause skin burns.
Such a solution, having an acetic acid concentration of not more than 9%, is toxic to adult lice and their larvae, and with a large amount of acetic acid on the scalp and hair, it quickly leads to the death of almost all insects. Those parasites that do not die turn out to be so weakened after the procedure that they can easily be combed off the head with a special comb.
The vinegar does not possess an ovicidal effect (that is, does not kill nits). However, vinegar from nits is effective in that it helps to weaken their attachment to the hair, which in the future significantly facilitates the disposal of them by combing.
On a note
Just as they do not like vinegar lice, they do not tolerate cranberry juice and chinese water. Cranberry juice acts on nits in the same way as vinegar, and chinese water more effectively kills adult lice.
The rules for the use of vinegar against lice and nits
Treatment of lice with vinegar requires a minimum of two-fold hair treatment. This is due to the fact that after the initial treatment on the hair may remain part of the most firmly adhered nits, of which later the young larvae will be hatched. It is this "second batch" of lice that will need to be removed with vinegar during re-treatment (a few days after the first).
Before you get rid of lice with vinegar, you should first properly prepare the vinegar solution. To do this, take the usual table vinegar 9% concentration and dilute with water in a ratio of 1: 2 (for one part of the vinegar is added 2 parts of water).
It is undesirable to take for this vinegar essence in order to minimize the risk of accidental burns during dilution. If there is no choice, then 1 part of the essence should be added 16 parts of water. Before you dilute vinegar from nits, you should find an indication of its concentration - errors here can lead to serious consequences.
Further treatment of lice with vinegar is carried out in the following sequence:
- Dry combed hair is wetted with a prepared solution of vinegar. Ideally, the hair is wiped with a towel soaked in the solution, so that perhaps less vinegar gets on the scalp. Hair is wetted along the entire length.
- A headscarf or a polyethylene cap (bag) is put on the head. If the hair is long, after dipping with vinegar, they should be tied up and hidden under the bag. This is to ensure that the vinegar acts as effectively as possible on lice, not evaporating.
- The package or headscarf is kept on the head for half an hour and then removed, and the hair is carefully combed by the comb, preferably by a special comb from lice. In this case, a large number of simply weakened parasites and uncovered nits will leave the scalp.
Combing should be done over a sheet or bath so that parasites do not get on clothes, floor or bedding.
After all procedures, the head should be washed several times with shampoo in order to wash all the vinegar and rid the hair of its sour smell.
"I never thought how to get rid of lice. We always brought them out with either kerosene or vinegar. While I was living in Moscow, my daughter tried to catch this infection a couple of times, we bought all sorts of shampoos, but there's no more sense from them than from the same vinegar and kerosene. Vinegar is even easier - it does not so terribly stink. Now if sometimes someone in the family and there are lice, we immediately wash my head with vinegar, put on the package, wash off in an hour - and all business. "
After a week the whole procedure should be repeated. This will guarantee that the remaining individual larvae on the head will not multiply after a few months.
Combination of vinegar with other products from lice
Getting rid of lice with vinegar is useful to combine with other means from these parasites. It is most effective to use a solution of vinegar together with a special comb from lice. Vinegar helps loosen the attachment of nits to the hair and introduce into the semi-fainting condition of adult lice, which makes subsequent use of the comb particularly effective.
From such ridges you can buy any - AntiV, Full Marx , Robi Comb. They are all quite effective.
"For a long time I was afraid to try vinegar from lice, because I heard about his danger and did not know how to plant. But I did not exactly want to remove lice with any chemical means. I went about three days and knew about this filth on my head, then I finally decided. It smells, of course, creepy, the hair after it is dry and brittle, but in general the excretion of lice with vinegar is not an easy matter. I knew that it would not work out immediately, and a week later the whole thing repeated. Everything turned out, combed her hair with a simple comb, after the second approach, there were no more lice left. "
Get rid of lice and nits with vinegar can be even more effective if you combine to treat the head with cynical water, decoction of wormwood or cranberry juice. This will increase the impact on parasites and further weaken them.
Safety and side effects of controlling vine vinegar
Always remember that vinegar can be dangerous not only for lice. But also for you:
- hair, even from a small amount of vinegar, dry and become brittle, they can be cut ends
- hair color after treatment with vinegar may change
- at high concentrations of vinegar can be corny burned skin on the head. Therefore, use vinegar to get rid of lice or nits should be in strictly specified concentrations above.
Especially relevant are these precautions for children - they have skin on their heads more tender, and it is easier to harm them.
In general, it should be understood that vinegar from lice helps, but has its side effects. Therefore, you can use it, but with great care.
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