Although rubbing alcohol is a commonly used remedy, it will not kill head lice or nits. This is because nits are very hardy and difficult to kill. Additionally, alcohol can get into the eye or mouth, which can lead to complications. Therefore, rubbing alcohol should be used carefully. Moreover, it is not recommended to use it on children.
A better way to treat head lice is to remove the eggs. Although the rubbing alcohol will kill live lice, it will not kill the eggs, which are left in the hair. Moreover, lice killing products cannot penetrate the egg shell, so the baby bug is not killed. You can remove the eggs manually using a special comb, but make sure not to soak it in alcohol because it will come into contact with your scalp. You can also use scissors to cut off the follicle that contains the eggs.
You can also use Listerine, which is also a common alcohol-based head lice remedy. While this remedy doesn’t kill lice, it will kill eggs and temporarily immobilize the live ones. However, it won’t kill the eggs and will need to be repeated several times for the infestation to disappear completely.
Alcohol can burn your skin and irritate your scalp. Its strong fumes can also irritate your eyes. So, if you accidentally apply it near your eyes, you should flush it immediately with water. Alcohol is also highly flammable and you should keep a safe distance from it.