What is Lice? They are Small, wingless egg laying insects found on the human head. Head lice live on the hair and feed by sucking blood from the scalp.
How do you get it?
- By close head-to-head contact with someone who has it
- By using hats, scarves, combs, brushes, hair, ribbons, pillows or towels used by someone with head lice.
Often, people with head lice may have no symptoms for 4 to 6 weeks with their first case. It’s not possible to completely prevent head lice because they’re very common, Below are simple steps you can follow to stop head lice from spreading.
- Brush hair every day. This may help kill or injure head lice and stop them from laying eggs.
- Don’t share brushes, combs, headbands, ribbons, hairclips, helmets or hats – anything that touches someone’s head.
- Having short hair – or wearing hair in a ponytail if it’s long – makes it less likely you or your child will catch head lice.
- Children should hang their clothes apart from other children’s in swimming or sport changing rooms.
- If you do get head lice in your family, everyone that has it should be treated at the same time.
- If your child has been treated for lice, inform their family, friends, school, and any other necessary person or group of people that may have been in contact with them.
- Wash hair well with ordinary shampoo and leave damp. Wet hair slows down the lice, making them easier to remove. Soaking the hair with oil or conditioner from the scalp to the ends may make combing easier.
- In good light, comb the hair with a wide-toothed ordinary comb to straighten and detangle the hair.
- Switch to a fine-toothed lice comb. You can buy these combs at pharmacies and can ask the pharmacist for help in choosing one. Work through the hair in small sections, stating with the skin of the scalp/roots at the top of the head and comb through to the ends of the hair.
- Check for moving lice with every stroke. Wipe the comb after each stroke with a tissue and place tissues in a bag.
- If you are not sure if you have found a louse, use a clear tape to attach it to a white piece of paper. Show this to your health care provider to identify head lice.
Have you got crawling or tickling sensations on your scalp? Feel something moving in your hair from time to time? Itchy scalp? Scratch marks or small bumps like a rash? Sores on your head? Not sure what it is? Call us to speak to a Doctor today!