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HAIR LICE

Updated on August 26, 2010

HOW TO GET RID OF LICE

Before I go on discussing on how to get rid of lice, I would like to first of all give an overview of what lice is. My focus will be on hair lice as it is the most common type of lice especially in children. Note however that a hair louse does not only live in the head but also at the pubic region.

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE / HAIR LICE?

Head lice or hair lice are parasitic organism with 6 legs whose main objective is to prey on its host. Parasites are living organisms that live in another living thing for survival. Hair lice are a kind of parasite that obtain nutrition from us (human beings) without killing us but rather cause us discomfort.

The mere thought of having head lice on your hair is enough to scare the daylight out of people- especially children. The medical term for head lice / hair lice is ‘Pediculosis’. Hair lice when present in the head is known as ‘’Pediclosis Capitits’’.  One worrying fact is that hair lice have developed resistance to many traditional medications used to threat hair lice.

COST OF HAIR LICE

Hair lice have caused us great resources in various ways that would have been avoided if proper preventive measures are taken. These costs can be in any of the following ways: lost work, gap in learning, medication, sickness / illness, social costs, emotional costs, etc

IS HAIR LICE INFECTIOUS?

Yes, hair lice infects whoever that come in contact with it and reproduce as quick as possible in order to have enough parasites to infect other people that will come in contact with it. Hair lice can infect anyone irrespective of how hygienic you are or how educated you are. Some ignorantly believe that the length of hair has something to do with hair lice this is evidenced by the fact that children with short hair still get hair lice.

This makes hair lice infection nothing to be afraid of as anyone can have contact it, rather, ways to get rid of lice should be sought and that is the main reason of writing this hub.

HOW TO GET RID OF HEAD LICE / HAIR LICE

The easiest way to get rid of lice is to avoid sharing certain items like; hair brush, hair comb, headphones, etc with someone that is already infected.

Hope is not however lost if you already have lice infection. All you need to do is get the right treatment you can use some of the items found on this page you are reading. Please be sure to get rid of the egg that germinates into lice. You can even do this by ensuring that your environment is adequately sanitized from the infectious germs. In as much as it is a recommended step to use hair cream, hair creams can sometimes act as causative agent.

The use of oral medication is a good idea. This is to ensure that those germs are killed from the inside.

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