How Do I Get Rid of Fleas in My Hair?

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To remove fleas from human hair, Hairfinder suggests drawing an extremely hot bath with a small amount of dish detergent and lemon extract mixed in to kill adult fleas and larvae. Keep the water hot and soak in it for at least 30 minutes while shampooing hair for the duration.

Once the bath is over, Hairfinder recommends taking the time to comb hair and remove fleas manually. First, fill a bowl with soapy water, then while the hair is still wet, use a fine-toothed comb to go through the hair from root to tip. Any fleas that appear on the comb should be placed into the bowl of soapy water. Repeat the entire process twice per week until no more fleas appear.

Humans can be infested by three different types of flea: cat fleas, dog fleas and human fleas. The Better Health Channel warns that people with fleas should also test for tapeworms or secondary infections caused by the bites. Consult a doctor if pus starts oozing from the open area. Otherwise, resist the urge to scratch the bite and apply calamine lotion and ice packs to reduce itching and swelling. Wash the area regularly with antibiotic soap to keep it clean and germ-free.