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Head Lice Facts
- The head louse is a miniscule greyish-brown mite no more than 2.5mm long which hangs on to hair and is usually found on the scalp.
- Head lice dine on blood they extract from the host, which they get by biting through the scalp and sucking into their digestive systems.
- After adult lice mate, the female lays eggs that are firmly attached to hair near to the scalp and can be very difficult to eradicate.
- After about a week the baby head louse comes out of the egg, leaving a shiny white empty eggshell (nit), which may be found anywhere along a strand of hair.
- Infection with head lice is a much prevalent infection in the UK, especially among school children as lice pass from one head to another during direct head-to-head contact.
- As lice cannot jump, fly or hop they will only spread to another person by crawling along strands of hair.
- Children exchanging secrets at school or families at home engender head lice with a superb opportunity to transfer from one head to a new one.
- Head lice present on pillows, hats or chair backs are incapable of transferring to another victim - they need to be on a head of hair to be viable.
- The belief that head lice are a result of poor hygiene is often put forward but is untrue as lice are just as likely to be found on clean or dirty hair.
- Head lice must be seen as nothing more than an annoying inconvenience that can be treated, as they are efficiently removed in most cases.
- Bites from head lice can result in severe itching and irritation on the head, but these indications may not manifest until at least two months after the lice move in.
- To see head lice takes greater than just parting the hair and looking for nits, as the lice will move rapidly into hiding.
- The most successful routine to search for head lice and nits is to buy a specially designed detection (nit) comb from a pharmacy; this is a fine-toothed plastic comb with spacing of not more than 0.3mm.
- Head lice nits could be eradicated by wet combing; simply wash hair and put on conditioner then, afterwards, rinse out the conditioner and check hair again with the nit comb in advance of drying.
- It is vital that in an infestation of head lice you look at every other member of the family, including those adults who have any contact with the patient.
- You can discover when the lice initially moved in by measuring how many centimetres from the scalp you can see the nits: hair grows at around 1cm a month; so a nit 2cm from the scalp was laid about two months ago.
- If head lice are found it is necessary to inform the school and parents of any other persons who could have had head-to-head contact with the patient so that other children can be examined for lice.
- Head lice eggs are almost impossible to kill because the treatment might not be able to get through the eggshell; you may need to repeat the treatment after a week to kill any lice from eggs that survived the first application.
- Head lice survive on human blood, and live upon our hair follicles; they pierce through the scalp to get the blood they need.
- Head lice are a surprisingly regular infection even in the 21st century, and as they move around very fast will continue to be so.
Last update: 05:43 PM Friday, March 27, 2009