FACTS ABOUT HEAD LICE
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For Parents and Schools
NOT able to jump, fly or swim.
NOT dangerous, but are contagious (and annoying).
NOT signs of unwashed or unclean hair. They thrive on clean hair, greasy hair, unwashed hair - they are NOT fussy.
Do NOT live on pets
Are nable to live in your house (sofa, carpet, furniture, beds.
They are NOT like bed bugs, they do NOT burrow and hibernate
They need blood to live, if they do NOT get food they perish within forty eight hours depending on temperatures it will be quicker
NOT always detected by an itchy head as you only itch if you are allergic to their saliva when they bit you.
Children who are being treated for head lice can still attend school.
There is no evidence that head lice have a preference for either clean or dirty hair.
There is no need to treat (wash at high temperature or fumigate) clothing or bedding that has been in contact with lice, as the lifespan of a head louse is very short (1–2 days) once it is detached from a human head.
Essential oil-based treatments and herbal treatments are not recommended due to the lack of good-quality evidence on their safety and efficacy.
It is not possible to prevent head lice infestation. Children of primary school age should be examined regularly at home (using a detection comb) to identify infestation early.
Head lice eggs are hard to see and often confursed for dandruff. Nits can be found at the base of the hair, the nape of the neck and above the ears. (They like it where it is warm)
Are the shells left behind after the nymph has hatched.(The nymph is a baby louse) The shells stay attached to the head and will only go when either removed manually or the hair is cut.
Sometimes on hair that is not tied back you can roughly estimate the length of the infestation depending on where the egg is located on the hair shaft - the further down the longer they have been at home in the hair. With longer hair that is tied back this is not the case.
When a nymp emerges it is not able to lay eggs for seven to nine days. At around ten days it becomes a fertile louse.
The adult louse has six legs, with a claws at the front to hold on to the hair. It is a translucent, grey/light brown colour.Because it is translucent it can look darker or lighter depending on the colour of the hair of the host. Making it bery difficult to see. A A fertile louse lays up to eight to ten eggs a day for up to 3
thirty days. This is how an infestation soon snowballs, as thos 3ggs multiply at the same rate and within a month there can be over two thousand lice in the hair.
Lice ONLY feed on blood, by piercing the head and using there saliva to stop the blood congealing, at this point if you are allergic to the saliva the head will start to itch. If you are not allergice the other symtom may be little bite marks around the ears, neck and scalp.
If you suspect someone in your family has head lice, act quickly to prevent them from spreading. Do not panic we can take control and eliminate them for you
THE LARGEST PROBLEM WITH HEAD LICE INFESTATIONS IS THAT PEOPLE ARE EMBARRASSED AND DO NOT INFORM THE SCHOOLS, CLUBS OR FRIENDS. IT IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OFF AND YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG. ALERTING PEOPLE CLOSE BY HELPS IN THE TERMINATION OF AN OUTBREAK.
1. Lice Will Live In Any Type Of Hair
No matter if you have dirty hair or clean hair, curly or straight, long or short; you can contract head lice. It doesn’t matter your gender or race. Head lice just need a head of hair to live in and a scalp to get their blood supply from. The only way head lice won’t bother you is if you are bald. But that doesn’t mean we recommend shaving your child’s head because we don’t. That is completely unnecessary since we have easy, safe and effective lice treatment in our clinic.
2. Your Child May Have Had Lice For a While Before You Notice
The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva or lice bites and it often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start. This means that your child may have had lice for a couple weeks before you notice it.
3. Regular Head Checks Is The Best Way To Find Lice
Since the itchiness may not occur until weeks into having lice, it’s important to perform weekly head checks on your young children and daily head checks if there’s an outbreak at school. The sooner you find them, the sooner you can get rid of them. Nobody wants their child to have lice any longer than necessary.