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Does the whole head have to be saturated?
 
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The whole head must be saturated for the head lice treatment to be successful. To be effective, all lice and head lice nits must come in full contact with the shampoo.

 

Head Lice Facts

  • The head louse is a miniscule greyish-brown mite just 2.5mm long which clings to hair and is normally found on the scalp.
  • Head lice live on blood belonging to the host, which they get by eating through the scalp and ingesting into their systems.
  • After grown lice mate, the female lays eggs that are securely attached to hair close to the scalp and can be very difficult to remove.
  • After about a week the newborn head louse hatches out of the egg, leaving a shiny white empty eggshell (nit), which can be found anywhere attached to a strand of hair.
  • Infection with head lice is a very often seen infection in the UK, especially among school children as lice travel from one individual to another during direct head-to-head contact.
  • As lice are unable to jump, fly or hop they may only transfer to another individual by walking along strands of hair.
  • Children whispering secrets at school or families at home give head lice with a superb point to move from one head to a new one.
  • Head lice seen on pillows, hats or chair backs are not capable of transferring to another person - they must be on a head of hair to be capable of doing so.
  • The myth that head lice are a result of ill hygiene is often put forward but is just that - a myth as lice are thought as likely to be found on clean or dirty hair.
  • Head lice must be thought of as nothing more than an irritating problem that can be treated, as they are efficiently removed in most cases.
  • Bites from head lice can result in painful itching and irritation on the skin, but these signs may not appear until at least two months after the lice move in.
  • To discover head lice takes greater than merely parting the hair and scouring for nits, as the lice will move rapidly into hiding.
  • The most successful way to search for head lice and nits is to buy a specifically designed detection (nit) comb from a pharmacy; this is a fine-toothed plastic comb with areas of not more than 0.3mm.
  • Head lice nits can be removed by wet combing; simply wash hair and put on conditioner then, afterwards, rinse out the conditioner and examine hair again with the nit comb before drying.
  • It is important that in an infestation of head lice you look at every other member of the family, including any adults who have even minimal contact with the infected.
  • You can calculate when the lice initially moved in by looking at how many centimetres from the scalp you spot the nits: hair grows at no more than 1cm a month; so a nit 2cm from the scalp was laid about two months ago.
  • If head lice are found it is essential to inform the school and parents of any other children who might have had head-to-head contact with your child so that other children can be checked for lice.
  • Head lice eggs are difficult to kill because the treatment will not be able to get inside 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 the patients blood, and live upon the hair follicles; they bite through the scalp to get the food they need.
  • Head lice are a very regular infection even in the 21st century, and as they transfer very rapidly will continue to be so.

Last update: 05:24 PM Friday, March 27, 2009

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