Most people remember being at school and standing in line waiting to be checked out by the “nit nurse.” After leaving school though people don’t tend to think too much about head lice until they have children of their own and find out that they have been infected. So what are head lice and how can you get head lice help?
Head lice are very common and very contagious. They are frequently found in places where there are lots of young children together such as nurseries and schools. The head lice are extremely small insects and they feed on blood from humans. They can’t fly as they have no wings nor can they jump from head to head, all they can do to move from one place to another is crawl. That is why they spread when children play together as they are passed on by close contact as well as sharing belongings. The symptoms of head lice include an itchy scalp, louse droppings on pillows as well as visible nits in hair.
Head lice lay eggs every day, generally between three and eight, at the base of the hair shaft. The nits will hatch around nine days later. Head lice are very itchy as they will infest the human head. They can’t live for long if they aren’t on the human head but can survive for up to a month if they are on hairbrushes or carpets for example.
Most people become aware their child has head lice when someone at their child’s school or nursery gets them and parents are notified. If your child gets head lice then the whole family should be checked out. They won’t need to be treated unless they have head lice, contrary to popular belief.
Head lice help and advice and treatment vary widely, and some treatments suit others better than others.
A lot of people tend to avoid using head lice treatments containing insecticide if possible, although there are many available over the counter. There are other head lice treatments available on prescription too. Your doctor will be able to offer you the best head lice help.
One essential when dealing with the removal of head lice is a nit comb. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes including battery operated ones. Some packs of combs come in different colours to identify the nits as well as the hatched louse eggs as these are both different colours.
The most popular head lice treatment method is to use the conditioner and nit comb.
Whatever head lice help you decide to take, any treatment should be repeated at a set interval to ensure all the lice and eggs have been destroyed.