Kingston, Ontario, Canada
WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?
Head lice are tiny little insects that live on the hair and scalp of human heads. They lay eggs called nits. They require a human host to suck blood from in order to survive. Lice do not care if you are male or female, young or old, rich or poor, clean or dirty. If they have a human head to live on they will survive. Lice do not cause or transmit disease. Itching and scratching of the scalp is the most common symptom and often there are no symptoms at all.
HOW DO YOU GET HEAD LICE?
Head lice are transferred by direct head to head contact with an infested person. You cannot get lice from family pets, dogs, cats, trees, grass, or toilet seats. Lice do not have wings so they do not fly. Lice cannot jump! Wind cannot blow lice from one persons head to another. As some may already know, you can get lice by: sharing combs and brushes with a person who has lice, sharing bedding, clothing, towels, hats, stuffed toys and pillows with a person who has lice, and making head to head contact with a person who has lice.
COMMON REASONS FOR TREATMENT FAILURE:
- Nits are not removed.
- Second Treatment in 7-10 days is not completed.
- Bedding is not changed.
- Improper use of Head Lice Shampoo.
- Not all members of the household are checked for.
REMEMBER, IF YOU FIND A FAMILY MEMBER WITH HEAD LICE:
- Check all family members in the household.
- Check with you local pharmacy for safe and approved treatments available. (Please be sure to check that the product will do what you need it to do. Once you have made your choice, read and follow the directions carefully).
- Treat only those who have head lice. DO NOT USE: gasoline, varsol, kerosene, lamp oil, motor oil or any other flammable solvents as a treatment for head lice.
- To prevent head lice from coming back: wash clothes, hats, coats, towels, sheets, pillows and pillow cases, and vacuum furniture and rugs.
- Most cases of head lice require a second treatment 7-10 days following the first treatment.
- To ensure treatment success, remove all nits.
- If head lice persists, talk to your Doctor, Pharmacist, or Nurse Practitioner for other possible treatments.
IT IS SUGGESTED THAT PARENTS TAKE FIVE MINUTES A WEEK TO CHECK THEIR CHILDREN FOR HEAD LICE. DISCOVERING A CASE OF HEAD LICE EARLY CAN PREVENT THE NEED FOR ONGOING TREATMENTS.