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Get Rid of Head Lice For Good
Head Lice Basics
Head lice are a parasite that is common problem with school aged children. They are found on the head and are spread by contact with someone infected or by sharing brushes, combs and hats with someone that is infected. The individual that is infected can spread the lice to their family members who will need to be treated as well.
Head lice infection is called Pediculosis which is different from the lice that cause pubic and body infections. When you have head lice it can feel as though something is moving in your hair and sores will develop on your scalp.
It is estimated that one out every ten children will get head lice. If your child is in close contact with someone with head lice or even their contaminated clothing they would be at risk of picking up head lice themselves. Transmitting the lice is very easy from one to another and preschool and elementary aged children are the most often infected age group. Oddly girls are infected more than the boys and African Americans rarely get head lice.
Signs and Symptoms of Head Lice
1. Itching which is an allergic reaction to the bites
2. A sensation of something moving through the hair
3. Sores on the scalp which can be caused by scratching
4. Being irritable due to the discomfort
Use an over the counter treatment such as “Lice Freee Spray” yes it has three e’s. This is a spray on application that also comes with a comb. This treatment is a homeopathic formula that is nontoxic to humans. Over the last 10 years Licefreee has become a best seller for the treatment of head lice and is 100 percent effective at killing the Lice and the adult lice and the nits.
Head Lice Diagnosis
If you are not sure if someone has head lice the diagnosis should be made by a health care professional. Otherwise head lice can be detected by looking through the hair for adults, nymphs and nits. There usually not many adults or nymphs so locating them may be difficult. While searching for them they can move quickly to get out of the way of your fingers which makes seeing them a problem. If the nits are located close to the scalp then that person is infected.
The lice are most commonly found behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head. The lice will hold onto the hair with hooked claws at the ends of their six legs. The lice are not typically found in the eyebrows or body.
What Do the Lice Look Like?
There are the nits, nymph and the adults.
The nits are the eggs and they are difficult to see and can be mistaken for dandruff. The nits are attached to the hair shaft, are oval in shape and yellow to white in color. Nits usually hatch in a weeks’ time.
The nymphs are the baby’s after hatching. They look like an adult louse but smaller. They mature into adults in about seven days. They will feed on blood for food.
The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed. They have six legs and are grayish white to tan in color. The lice will look darker in dark colored hair. An adult louse can live up to 30 days on someone’s head, if they drop off the head they will die within two days as they need blood to survive.
Get Rid of the Head Lice
It’s important to wash all cloths and bed sheets and blankets that could be infested. Use very hot water as the lice cannot survive the high temperatures, hot in this case is at least 130 degrees. After washing, put them in a clothes dryer at the hottest setting for at least 20 minutes.