Head Lice on Head
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It is possible to catch head lice on head if you allow yourself to be exposed. They are usually transmitted via head-to-head contact with an infected other, however lice on head could also be caught via the sharing of combs, (infected) hair brushes, towels, pillows, hats/headgear and scarves. Children aged 3 to 12 years old are at most risk of catching lice on their head, as schools are a perfect breeding ground. The close contact in classrooms, at after-school clubs, on buses and sharing coat hangers, lockers, kits, costumes, etc all allow children to be at risk of catching lice on head. As head lice can go undetected for over a week (as many kids have little or no overwhelming symptoms), children may be ignorant to the fact that they are exposing them to others around them. The lice on head can then be transferred back to the family home where they can be passed on (without knowledge) to siblings, parents, grand-parents, friends, neighbours and so on.
Lice on head can be detected with a thorough check, using a special comb. This type of comb is also useful in extracting and eradicating lice on head. Lice on head have no wings (so can not fly) and are unable to hop, skip or jump, but they do possess 6 legs which enable them to crawl through our hair and from one person/host to another. Lice are quite tiny (approximately 1-2 mm in size) and range from a whitish colour to a reddish brown. The female adult lice on head lay their eggs/nits on hair shafts, close to the scalp with strong sticking saliva. Removing lice on head is therefore practically impossible to through the use of ordinary shampooing, combing or brushing. The nits/eggs will hatch and 'nymphs' (miniature versions of adult lice on head) will crawl out to eat/feed, moult three times and develop to adults. The empty casing of the nits/eggs are easily mistaken for dandruff as they remain stuck to the hair shaft. You therefore need to be searching for eggs/nits, nymphs and adult lice on head when checking for an infestation. You can only be diagnosed with an infestation if living adult lice are found.
Lice on Head
Lice removal and treatment of lice on head work hand-in-hand. You can pick out the eggs/nits or lice on head with your fingers/tweezers or attempt to draw them out with a nit comb (metal combs are reported as more effective). For information and advice on remedies and treatments please visit our treatments for head lice and head lice remedies pages. Each person who has lice on head needs to be treated at the same time, so its vital to find the originator of the lice on head problem. Establishing how the lice on head were caught and alerting all who may have been in contact with an infected person is also very important, as they also will require a checking over. Lice on head remedies sometimes only target the adult lice, so at least a second application will be necessary to kill any recently hatched eggs approx two weeks after the initial application. Most products will come with specific directions on how to use them and it is important to understand and follow them carefully.
Head Lice on head can create so much upset and embarrassment for children and families that we should do all we can to avoid them. Teaching and educating our communities on what lice on head are, how they are contracted/spread and what easy steps could help avoid them may increase our chances of becoming free of lice on head. There aren't any products that will guarantee you will not catch lice on head, and repellents aren't said to be 100% full proof. However, if our children are encouraged to keep their belongings separate at school/after school clubs (such as coats, kits, bags, hats, gloves, etc) and not to put their heads together at breaks, share pillows, head rests, combs, brushes, ribbons, clips etc - all avoidances will help. Countries such as Sweden encourage their children to use specially designed sealable bags for their belongings, keeping them away from others that may have lice lurking. Others believe that regular checks for lice on head will reduce severe outbreaks, as people will be made aware if they are infested sooner. Always be aware and watch out for the signs of lice on head! If your children are constantly itching their head - act quickly.
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Lice on Head
Head Lice on Head
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