Prevention of Head Lice

 

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There are no treatments that will guarantee 100% head lice prevention. You will find many different types of repellent that you can buy on-line and from your local drug store or pharmacy, however the jury is still out on whether these are at all effective. There are prevention methods that you could adopt into your routine which may help detect lice at an early stage, therefore lessening the chances of an infestation and further spread to others. By learning about head lice, what they look like, how to detect them, their life cycle, how they move from one host to another and what kills them, you will be in a much better position to prevent them infesting you or your children. Understand head lice treatments and prevention.

Understanding them
Head lice are small parasites that live on and feed off humans. Head lice bite the skin and draw blood, without which they wouldn't survive for very long. They range in size but do not usually grow much larger than 3 mm in length, they cannot fly, hop or jump but they can crawl/scurry quite quickly through the hair using their six legs. Therefore, this limits the way they can be spread as unlike fleas they cannot simply 'hop on' to the head, they have to walk. Head lice (and their eggs) range in colour from white to a reddish brown and can often be mistaken for dandruff or dry skin. Due to their size they are also difficult to detect without the right tools (detection comb, light, magnified glass).

Where are they found?
There are 3 stages to the head lice life cycle and these are eggs/nits, nymphs and adulthood. The whole process takes around a month to complete, but they spend the entire time on the head and in your hair. You can therefore have adult lice as well as nymphs and eggs at once. It is important to remember that all types of lice need to be eliminated. Head to head contact is one of the ways of that head lice are spread and is the first that should be avoided. This may explain why it is children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old that are most likely to contract head lice. Sharing of brushes, combs, hats, scarves, helmets and towels could also lead to head lice transferring from one person to another. Prevention should be taken seriously, as head lice do not care if your hair is clean or dirty, they will crawl onto any head and attempt to feed and multiply.

Head Lice Prevention

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Avoid the risks
For prevention of head lice you therefore need to avoid putting you or your child at risk. Try to discourage your children and their friends from putting their heads together whilst on the school bus, in the back of the car or during the day at school. Ask them to not share hairbrushes or combs but explain that it's not because you don't want them to share - it's just a prevention technique! Encourage them not to share hats, helmets, scarves and other types of headwear as there could be head lice lurking and looking for a new host. If you need to use a scare factor, show them some of our pictures! General cleanliness and good hygiene will not deter lice but by regularly cleaning and washing your hair you may find lice sooner rather than later.
 

 

 

Set dates and conduct regular checks
The best form of prevention is to set regular times to check for head lice throughout the year. It may not stop head lice, but the sooner you catch and kill them the better it is for you and for the people (friends, family, neighbours) around you. In some areas of the UK, three dates are set aside as 'bug busting' days when children/parents are encouraged to check for lice (Jan 31st, June 15th and October 31st). I'm not sure the dates themselves are important, but you could choose your own and make them equally apart throughout the year. Purchase a good quality metal detection comb and conduct regular thorough searches and remember if someone you know has head lice, everyone that has been exposed to them should be checked. Symptoms may not show up for a month, so for the best prevention, check everyone out. Other ideas that may be helpful in prevention of head lice is to regularly clean towels, pillows, laundry, head phones and potentially head rests on seats (in the car/bus/train). If bedding or towels have been infested, wash and dry them on a high temperature to kill the head lice.

A useful guide
Thousands of people search to find out about different types of head lice prevention and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many 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 Head Lice Prevention, 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 parasites and we hope you have located the prevention method or treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have pubic lice you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread to or infect others.

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