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When using our AllStop Professional Steam Cleaner you should first remove the safety cover and insert funnel. Use your measuring cup to add about one and a half cups of water into the tank. Place the safety cover back on the steamer and plug it in. The steam should be ready after about four to five minutes of heating. Lightly press the steam button to see if the steam starts to release. You can now attach parts to the nozzle. Once attached you are ready to steam, simply press the steam button and start cleaning.  Click here to view a video on how to use our AllStop Professional Steam Cleaner. This is an effective treatment for head lice in your environment.

 

Head Lice Facts

  • The head louse is a tiny greyish-brown mite no more than 2.5mm long which clings to hair and is usually found on the scalp.
  • Head lice live on blood they extract from the host, which they get by biting through the scalp and digesting into their bodies.
  • After the lice mate, the female lays eggs that are tightly attached to hair close to the scalp and can be very difficult to remove.
  • After several days the newborn head louse hatches out of the egg, leaving a shiny white empty eggshell (nit), which can be found anywhere along a strand of hair.
  • Infection with head lice is a much often seen problem in the UK, especially among school children as lice move from one person to another during direct head-to-head contact.
  • As lice are unable to jump, fly or hop they may only move to another head by crawling along strands of hair.
  • Children whispering secrets at school or families at home engender head lice with a superb point to move from one head to another.
  • Head lice seen on pillows, hats or chair backs are not in the process of transferring to another host - they have to be on a head of hair to be able to do so.
  • The thought that head lice are a result of inefficient hygiene is prevalent but is misfounded as lice are thought as likely to be found on clean or dirty hair.
  • Head lice can be seen as nothing more than an irritating situation that can be treated, as they are efficiently removed in most cases.
  • Bites from head lice can be the cause of painful itching and irritation on the head, but these symptoms may not be seen until possibly two months after the lice move in.
  • To find head lice takes more than simply parting the hair and looking for nits, as the lice will move in speedy fashion 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 gaps of smaller than 0.3mm.
  • Head lice nits may 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 before drying.
  • It is essential that in an infestation of head lice you look at every other member of the family, including all adults who have close contact with the patient.
  • You can work out when the lice initially moved in by judging how many centimetres from the scalp you can see the nits: hair grows at about 1cm a month; so a nit 2cm from the scalp was laid approximately two months ago.
  • If head lice are found it is essential to inform the school and parents of any other persons who might have had head-to-head contact with the infected so that other children can be looked at for lice.
  • Head lice eggs can be difficult to kill because the treatment may not be able to get inside the eggshell; you may need to repeat the treatment after seven days to kill any lice from eggs that survived the original application.
  • Head lice feed on our blood, and live upon our hair follicles; they bite through the scalp to get the blood they need.
  • Head lice are a sadly regular infection even in the 21st century, and as they spread very fast will continue to be so.

Last update: 05:37 PM Friday, March 27, 2009

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