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Lice symptoms without the lice? HELP please!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 16, 2010
  • 09:22 PM

Hi! I'm a very confused mom, and I really, really need some help. Please bear with me!

Back in January, my scalp began to itch. It wasn't an irritation type itch, but this tingling, crawling feeling now and then, totally like a bug crawling. Some days it was there, other days I didn't feel it at all. It was around the time my daughter got a note from school that said there had been a case of headlice (not on her, some other kid in school). She and her entire class had been checked, and she was clean. I ignored the itch, telling myself it was all in my head because of the notice.

The itch continued for 4 months, and I was in denial the entire time. Then one day I was combing my hair, and saw something on one of the hairs that fell into the sink. It was without a doubt a nit.

I was horrified, but it ended my denial. I got treatment, the best metal nit comb I could find, everything. I checked my family's heads (they were fine). After I used the treatment I got to combing, BUT I couldn't find anything in my hair. NOTHING! No bugs, no nits. So I assumed I got lucky, that the nit I'd found was the only one.

Lo and behold, a couple of hours later my head was itchy again. It gets better, the next day I noticed my daughter was scratching too. She said she was still getting checkups at school, but I figured they could've missed something. To make a long story short, I've been to two different doctors now, and both could find nothing on me or my daughter. No bugs, no nits. I've been combing our hair religiously every single day, and I still cannot find a single bug or nit.

BUT WE'RE STILL ITCHY! The doctors can find nothing. THE best nit comb on the market can find nothing. My husband and son do not have these symptoms, just me and my daughter. Ah, all the thoughts that go through my head daily! "How can it be that I can't find any evidence of infestation?" "Is this all in our heads? Then what about the nit I'd found?" "Is it possible to have lice for 6 months and not pass them to two other people in your family, whom you're very close with?" "Is it something other than lice? Then what the *&^% was that NIT about!"

I'm going crazy here, not just because of the physical discomfort but because of the mystery of it. I can't understand what's going on, or how to end it. Please, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, help us!!

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  • Calm down...dont get too upset...maybe you just develop a rash or something from that one nit that you saw... try this simple remedy:1. Mix equal amounts of Margosa oil and Olive oil. Oil your hair and scalp generously with this mixture. Put a shower cap on and wait for about 30 minutes. Margosa oil is a natural insecticide and will kill off most of the lice or the eggs left of it.2. Mix about one cup of white vinegar and half a cup of water. Soak your oily hair in this mixture. If available, use apple cider vinegar at full strength as it is a natural and milder vinegar. Vinegar is acidic in nature and destroys the nits and acts as astringent. HTH , do give me a feedback then :)
    dale91 143 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you so much for your advice. While I appreciate it, I'm also not sure... The doctors cannot find any bugs in our hair - it doesn't make sense to put insecticide on it. I am making an appointment with another doctor in case those two missed something, but I don't expect he'll find anything either. I went through my daughter's oil-saturated hair strand by strand with a magnifying glass and a very fine steel comb, and nothing. I'm wondering if it could be something else that's causing this itch.I will try your remedy anyway, because it does seem like a very natural one. I will keep you posted. Thanks again.
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  • I remeber my aunt telling me that when she was a kid her mum found lice under her scalp
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  • I remeber my aunt telling me that when she was a kid her mum found lice under her scalpHuh? How is that even possible? You scalp is your SKIN.
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