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The Facts of Lice

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What are head lice?
Head lice are six-legged parasites that can crawl extremely fast. They are spread through personal contact and shared belongings. They come in three stages: the nits or eggs that are found near the root of the hair and incubate in the warmth of the human scalp; the nymph or juvenile hatchling which takes 7-10 days to mature; and the louse which is the adult lice that crawl throughout the head and feed on the blood in the scalp every 2-4 hours. 

They are not dangerous or spread diseases and are simply a nuisance that cause a lot of discomfort. Lice are highly contagious and symptoms usually don’t show up until weeks after contact. 

How do I know if I have lice?
If you have lice you probably won’t exhibit symptoms until weeks after contact because it takes the nit or egg 7-10 days to hatch, then another 10 days for the nymph to mature into an adult. A female louse will lay about 50-100 eggs throughout her lifetime.

The first symptom is itching. The lice will bite into the scalp and will cause an allergic reaction. Other symptoms include soreness and red bumps around the nape of the neck, ears, and shoulders. Irritability, low-grade fever, and difficulty sleeping are other symptoms you may experience. You may also feel them crawling throughout your hair and will spot lice eggs (small white objects) stuck to the hair follicles.

Some signs and symptoms of a lice infestation:
    
  • Rash at the nape of the neck
  • Swollen glands
  • Low-grade fever
  • Bags under the eyes

        In Severe Cases
  • Anemia 
  • Feverish, lethargic and irritable due to lack of sleep
  • Chronic scalp infections


What is the best way to prevent head lice?
Avoid sharing any personal items that come into contact with the head such as hats, combs, brushes, and towels. Shared spaces like bathrooms, classroom cubbies, lockers, and clothing hooks are breeding grounds for head lice. To prevent lice you and your child should not keep personal items in these areas.

Children love playing games that involve touching their heads together, and that is a much easier way for lice to spread than through clothing. You should talk with your child about not touching heads with someone else when they play.

What is the first thing I should do if I discover my child has head lice?
Get them treated immediately. Don’t panic but have your child avoid furniture, bedding, towels, and linens. Lice can’t survive without a host but they can live up to 48 hours away from the host, and that includes shared areas in your house that come into contact with someone’s head.

If you want to treat it yourself, we suggest using something with a minty scent in it. Lice hate the smell of mint. Lemongrass, eucalyptus, and citronella will repel lice from the head. But, that is just a band-aid for the problem. It is still recommended to see a professional to make sure you and your family are lice-free.

How is lice spread from person to person?
The most direct way someone can get head lice is through head-to-head contact. This can occur at school, camp, after-school care, sports, sleepovers, or through hugging. Contrary to popular belief, lice cannot jump, or hop, or fly, so the only way they can transfer from one head to another is by crawling. And they are incredibly fast crawlers.

Can head lice be spread by clothing or objects?
Lice are dependent on their host to live, so if they have no host they die off within 24-48 hours. Nits need the warmth from a scalp to hatch and a juvenile nymph can only survive a few hours if they’re not feeding. While it is possible for them to be transferred through clothing or other objects, it is highly unlikely. Precautions should always be taken because it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Does having head lice mean my hair is dirty?
One word answer: No. Personal hygiene has no bearing on whether someone is likely to get head lice. As a matter of fact, head lice prefer a clean hospitable environment to live. So clean hair is the type of habitat a louse will crawl to. 

How should I clean my house if someone has lice?
You should wash towels, bed linens, and clothing that the infected person had worn 1-2 days before they were treated with hot water, and machine dry on the hottest setting. Brushes, combs, and hair ties should be kept in hot water for about 5-10 minutes. Vacuuming carpets and furniture where the infected person may have laid down is a good idea too. But the risk of re-infestation from those areas is highly unlikely. 

How effective are the over-the-counter products and shampoos at getting rid of head lice?
These types of lice shampoos are toxic pesticides, and are only effective at killing the nymph and adult louse. The eggs are usually unharmed and will still hatch after the product is rinsed out. Many who rely only on those types of shampoos will have a false sense of security and will become re-infested after the eggs hatch, meaning they will have to go through the shampooing process again and again. The shampoos will fix the symptoms, but fail to get at the root cause.

Many have heard of home remedies like using mayonnaise or peanut butter or something sticky and messy to suffocate the lice. But lice can hold their breath for up to 2 hours even underwater. Sleeping with your hair smothered in mayonnaise with a bag covering it can be just as annoying as the itching and soreness itself. 

What is the most effective way to get rid of lice?
A fine-toothed lice comb is the best way to get rid of lice. It can take care of the lice no matter what stage in life it’s in. A thorough inspection of the scalp with a comb can get rid of the problem quickly. And a quick spritz with mint spray to repel lice and protect the hair from a future infestation is the best way to get rid of lice.

Why should I choose a treatment centre Instead of an over-the-counter product?
The problem with lice shampoos and other lice killing products you purchase in stores is that they are not as effective as they claim to be. They kill the louse, but the nits or eggs are still intact and waiting to be hatched. Unless you go through the hair with a lice comb and get every single egg, the problem will still persist. 

A lice treatment centre has trained professionals who know what to look for and will methodically go through each strand of hair with a comb removing the nits, nymphs, and louse. All this without lathering toxic pesticide into the hair.

When your child has head lice you have zero time to waste. Lice are contagious and can spread easily. You can make a same-day appointment  here  and you and your family will have the peace-of-mind knowing that lice will not interrupt your life anymore.