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How long after your treatment am I not contagious anymore?
 
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Our headlice treatment should be able to take care of your head lice on the first treatment. You should not be contagious or have to continue treating the house.

 

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

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