How To Get Head Lice


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How Do You Get Head Lice? - Many possible ways
There are lots of ways you can get head lice, but one of the most common ways would be through head to head contact with an infected person. Other ways to get head lice are via the sharing of certain items such as hair brushes, hat, helmets, ribbons, scarves, head rests and pillows. Anyone can get head lice, no matter how clean or dirty their hair and it is important that children and parents are educated about how head lice are caught and ways of avoiding/preventing them. The good news is that head lice do not pass on any infectious diseases (which body lice can), however the discomfort, irritability and embarrassment can often be very upsetting. Below we detail what head lice are, how you get them, how to remove them, treatments and prevention. For further details and information on lice, please click back to our homepage for lots more links.

How Do You Get Head Lice? - What do they look like?
Head lice are small ectoparasites that live, feed and multiply on our scalps. The warmth of the scalp and protection of hair makes an ideal breeding environment for eggs to be laid, attached and for the embryos to hatch into nymphs. Head lice are scientifically classified as Pediculus humanus capitis, and are one of three main types of lice that affect the human body. Head lice range in size and color but are generally no bigger than 2-3 mm in length (making them very difficult to spot) and anything from a whitish grey to a reddish brown. Their eggs (also know as 'nits') are even smaller and look like small specs of dandruff to the naked eye. Head lice have six legs which they use to move and scurry through our hair - they have no wings and cannot jump or hop. Their lifecycle has three stages (egg/nit, nymph and adulthood) all of which can take place on our scalp if left untreated.

How Do You Get Head Lice? - In schools
As mentioned above you can get head lice from being exposed to an infected person and in many different environments, however it is in schools that we usually hear about outbreaks of head lice. This is probably due to the amount of time children spend in close contact together throughout the day and at some after-school clubs. Head lice may find their way onto the hoods of coats and jackets and all types of head gear. If coats and jackets are then thrown in a pile on the floor together, the head lice can crawl from one piece of clothing to another. Head may not be able to spend a long period away from their 'host' but this is a possible way of catching them. Head to head contact is more likely - and the sharing of brushes/combs. If children have sleep time at school and are closely packed, this could be an ideal time for head lice to spread. Brushing each others hair in the playground or on the school field is another.

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How Do You Get Head Lice? - Identifying & removing
Identifying head lice and having them removed is very important. As many people do not suffer from signs or symptoms of head lice (such as red bumps or itchiness/irritation), regular checks should take place to prevent outbreaks. A good tool to help look for head lice is a detection comb. Detection combs are not too expensive and have fine closely-packed teeth that help draw particles out of the hair (metal combs are meant to be better). As the eggs/nits are stuck to near the base of the hair shafts with cement-like saliva, ordinary shampoos and regular brushing may not extract them. Bug-busting or' wet combing' is a technique to help remove head lice, using a detection comb. Wash the hair as you would normally, but only damp dry it. Apply some conditioner to make the hair slippery and brush out any tangles or knots. Then use the detection comb (starting at the scalp) to draw the whole length of the hair away from the head. If you find any live eggs or live adult lice then you should seek a treatment to help thoroughly clear the head lice.

Head lice Treatments can come in the form of lotions, creams, liquids, sprays, shampoos or powders. You can try to make home remedies using ingredients found in the house, or you can buy products over the counter at your drug store or on-line. As there are different strength products, you may wish to try some of the natural products before opting for insecticides or pesticides. Not all head lice treatments are suitable for everyone - certainly young children or pregnant and breast feeding women, so take care to understand what's in the products and their suitability. Friends, family and forums are often good places to ask if you're unsure. Otherwise you may opt to go to your doctor for advice and a prescription. It is often necessary to use more than one application over a specified time period, but following the directions carefully will give you the best possible results. Everyone who has been infected with head lice should be treated at the same time.




How Do You Get Head Lice? - Prevention & control
Prevention of head lice is much better than the pain and upset of finding and paying for treatments. Although there aren't any repellents or applications that will guarantee you will not catch head lice, some simple steps may help your cause. Refrain from sharing brushes, head-gear, pillows, etc and limit head to head contact - certainly at school. Perform regular checks throughout the year/term time and wash regularly. As already determined - head lice will infest clean or dirty hair, however by regularly washing your hair and clothes/hats etc you are more likely to spot a head lice issue before it scales out of control. Encourage children to keep their belongings separated at school or on trips - perhaps in a sealed bag (something that they do in the Netherlands). Don't share coat hooks or lockers, and if you know someone who has head lice, stay away from them until they have been treated. For girls, it is also a good idea to keep their hair tied up to lessen the chances of lice getting in (and perhaps lice getting out).

Thousands of people search to find out about parasites 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, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by these parasites and we hope you have located the 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 or infect others.

How Do You Get Head Lice?

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