Do you know that your eyelashes are vulnerable to lice infestation? How to recognize and treat them

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Let's see what eyelash lice are, what they originate from and how they can be treated properly

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Let's see what eyelash lice are, what they originate from and how they can be treated properly

Did you know that not just the hair, but can eyelashes also be a victim of the lice attack? These small insects that generally live on the scalp (and which are the obsession of mothers of school children), can actually also present themselves between the eyelashes and eyebrows (or even between the pubic hair). These are not animals that are dangerous to human health, but their presence is undoubtedly annoying and unnerving - without considering that lice can be "transmitted" from one person to another, as they are able to jump and conquer new ones. territories. Let's see what causes their appearance between the lashes, and how they can be eradicated.

Know about head lice

Head lice are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood and skin of the people they live on. An adult louse can colonize a person's scalp and lay eggs there, forming the colony. After a fortnight, the new lice hatched from the eggs become adults and able to lay eggs in turn, making the colony proliferate. This is why their presence must be eradicated as soon as possible - before the larvae have time to grow and reproduce, and why it is so important to make sure there are no eggs. There are several species of lice, classified according to the preferred area of ​​infestation:

  • Pediculosis of the head - the species is generally found in the hair and attacks mainly children;
    Pediculosis of the body - infests different hairy parts of the body, primarily eyelashes and eyebrows;
  • Pedicularis pubis - attacks the pubic region, spreading through the hair of the area.

One type of louse that is spreading more and more is the one that infests the eyelashes, and this is mainly due to poor hygiene practiced in the area. In particular, incorrect use of false eyelashes and eyelash extensions increases the possibility of being victims of lice: many people who use these products, in fact, neglect eyelash hygiene, creating a fertile ground for the proliferation of bacteria and lice.

(Read also: Head lice: 10 myths you absolutely must know to eradicate them faster)

Fighting eyelash lice

  • Use tea tree oil to wash your lashes, several times during the day: this essential oil has important antiseptic and disinfectant properties, which help to keep the eyelashes clean and to ward off bacteria and parasites: it will be sufficient to apply it on the affected areas with a cotton swab after diluting two or three drops in a vegetable oil of your choice (for example, that of almonds).
  • Take a "break" from false lashes: If we have been a victim of the lash lice attack, it would be advisable to stop using the false eyelashes for some time, in order to allow our natural eyelashes to breathe and heal from the infestation.
  • Change the pillow case frequently: in the night some louse or some larva could go to settle on the fabric, returning to infest our eyelashes at a later time. The ideal would be to change the pillowcase every day, at least for the duration of the lice treatment. It would also be advisable to use linen or cotton cloths to wash and dry the eyes and replace them after each use.
  • Eliminate the pets nestle between your lashes with the help of tweezers or a very narrow-toothed comb, trying to be very delicate to avoid getting hurt. The use of drugs or other products is not recommended, as well as the use of shampoos and soaps that are usually used to eradicate hair lice, as they could be irritating to the eyes.
  • Finally, we suggest that you touching your eyes with your hands as little as possible, to avoid the proliferation of eggs and larvae - as well as to avoid the risk of transmitting lice to other people who will come into contact with objects touched by us. 

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