Itching after lice treatment

32-year-old woman3 years ago
A month ago, I found a louse and about 10 nits - so I did a treatment, checked every day afterwards, retreated after 10 days just to be sure and the itching disappeared. Now, 3 weeks later, the itching is back... However, I checked my hair thoroughly with a special comb, my boyfriend too, I even did 2 treatments and it still itches, several times a day... Could the product have irritated my scalp? It was based on dimeticone. My scalp is not red but I still have small episodes of itching near my neck and ears. Thank you for your advice.
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Naji-tom Samaha · 3 years ago
Hello Ma'am.
Itching can continue for some time after treatment even after the lice are gone: the treatment itself, the lice body and their waste products may all be at fault, perhaps you have been unlucky and are a bit more sensitive. The recent change in temperature may also invite itself in the list of causes.You should on the other hand notice that this itching gets a little better every day.
For the next few times, I suggest using a milder shampoo, ideally fragrance-free, or specifically for sensitive hair or dry scalp. Head & Shoulders, for example, might help you with the irritation. Also, perhaps for the next week decrease the frequency of shampoo use (2-3x/week), as shampoos can strip nutrients from the scalp.
if you are not taking other medications I would finally suggest Reactin 10mg/day to help with the itching. If you have a chronic condition or are taking medication please consult your pharmacist who can customize your treatment. Please do not hesitate if you have any further questions!

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