Head Lice

Head lice is mostly spread by head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice. It is by no means a sign of being dirty, and these small insects do not carry or spread disease.

Although anyone can catch head lice, it is most prominent in children. So how do you search for the lice and eggs? It’s important to thoroughly apply a conditioner evenly to all hair strands, then systematically comb through sections of hair with a fine-tooth lice comb.

This process is to be done twice all over the scalp, whilst continually removing the lice and eggs from the comb. Rinse the hair well with water afterwards. This whole procedure is done every second day until no lice or eggs are found for 10 days in a row. Of course, there are many products on the market that can be used.

Be aware though that lice can become resistant to these products, so if you notice live lice after using a product correctly, you may need to try a product with a different ingredient.

Spread by head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice 

Make sure to:

  • Inform your child’s school that your child has head lice.
  • Wash towels, sheets, pillow cases and headwear in hot water (at least 60 degrees).
  • Place any items that can’t be washed in an airtight plastic bag for 3-4 days.

For any advice, please come and see us at one of our pharmacies. We would be glad to help you get rid of the itch.

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