Hair Louse


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A Common Problem
The hair louse causes so many children problems throughout the year and it often results in discomfort, irritability, embarrassment and undue stress. The hair louse is a tiny ectoparasitic insect that lives on our skin and in our hair, and feeds on our blood. The hair louse will infect any head, no matter how clean or dirty it is and if left to feed, mate and multiply, the hair louse could cause you or your children to have an infestation. The good news is there are many treatments, remedies, methods and techniques to help combat the hair louse which we'll discuss in more detail below, but our recommendation would be to learn how to prevent and avoid the hair louse in the first place.

Wingless Parasite
The hair louse has no wings and cannot hop or jump so it is limited to crawling. With six legs and claws to help grip, the hair louse can move through the hair and onto other heads if allowed to do so. The hair louse can also infect hair brushes, scarves, pillows, hats and numerous other accessories used on or around the head, so it is imperative that such items are not shared. The hair louse is more commonly found on children between 3 and 12 years old and this may be a lot to do with their daily environment (on buses and at school, clubs, and camps) where prolonged periods are spent in close proximity. It may also be to do with children sharing brushes, putting their heads together and generally not knowing how to avoid catching lice.

Signs & Symptoms
The hair louse does not transmit any diseases, but further infection could occur should any bites be scratched and infected. It is not the bites themselves that cause irritation and the itching sensation; it's the saliva that the hair louse leaves on the open wound. Some people simply won't show any signs of a hair louse infestation and this is when it's difficult to control. Others will experience red spots (sometimes raised), itchiness, tingling sensation (when the hair louse is moving), a rash, broken skin and small specs which look like dandruff. These white specs could be hair louse egg/nits so a thorough check should take place.

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Treatments for a hair louse infestation can be found in the form of shampoos, creams, lotions, sprays and powders. Alternatively you may wish to try some a home remedy for head lice. Hair louse treatments and remedies come in different strengths, with some being made from natural ingredients and others containing chemicals and insecticides. Not all hair louse products are suitable for babies or those who are pregnant/breast feeding, so always be sure to read the label before applying anything.



Prevention, control & information
Prevention is far better than treatment and there are many simple steps you and your children can take to avoiding the hair louse. Please visit some of our other pages for ideas and additional detail and look out for our printable fact sheets, video and pamphlet coming soon! Repellents can not guarantee you will not be affected by the hair louse, but steering clear of possible infection from other people's coats, hoods, bags, hats, kits, gloves, pillows, sleeping bags, head rests, hair brushes, combs, ribbons, hats, hair clips and scarves (etc, etc!) may all help avoid misery and the dreaded hair louse.

Thousands of people search to find out about different types of parasites and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many lice products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, including this article on Hair Louse, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase lice related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by lice and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a lice comb, lotion, cream, medication or lice shampoo. Lice treatments and lice remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have pubic lice you should seek medical advice so the lice cannot be spread or infect others.

Hair Louse

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