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Head Lice Prevention – How Can You Get Head Lice?

Anyone can get head lice… mainly through direct head-to-head or hair to hair contact and less commonly from sharing hats, brushes and other personal items. Head lice are a problem in many communities including Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas and do not reflect poor hygiene or social status.

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Head Lice Prevention Steps

  • Wet Head Checks are the most effective for detecting live lice
  • Use a professional lice comb
  • Avoid head to head & hair to hair contact
  • Rarely will you get lice from an inanimate object like brushes, hats or pillows but its possible
  • Concentrate on the head and not the home (lice live on our heads, they are not in our homes)
  • There is no scientific proof that lice preventative products work (we don’t sell them) and encourage you to comb, comb, comb.

Head Lice Prevention Techniques

Regular combing with a lice comb can provide early detection and prevent head lice infestations. If lice or nits (eggs) are found early enough, you may be able to stop the infestation from spreading to other family members.

Watch for signs or symptoms of head lice, such as frequent head scratching. Anyone can get head lice… mainly by
head-to-head or hair to hair contact. Lice do not jump or fly, but they do crawl very quickly. The average person will find head lice approximately 4-6 weeks from the beginning infestation. Not everyone itches from head lice.

Check all family members for lice and nits (lice eggs) at least once a week. Only those infested should be treated. Lice are reddish-brown wingless insects, they can appear grey or translucent as baby bugs (nymphs).

Nits appear brown in color when viable (they have a bug inside of them) and often described as grayish-white after they have hatched and the shell remains, they are always oval shaped, and
are glued at an angle to the side of the hair shaft.

Be sure not to confuse nits with hair debris such as bright irregularly shaped clumps of dandruff stuck to the hair shaft or elongated segments of dandruff encircling the hair shaft and easily dislodged. Lice treatment is inappropriate for hair debris.

Consult your pharmacist or physician before applying or using lice treatment pesticides when the person involved is pregnant, nursing, has allergies, asthma, epilepsy, has pre-existing medical conditions, or has lice or nits in the eyebrows or eyelashes. Never use a pesticide on or near the eyes.

Remember, all OTC lice-killing products are pesticides. If you choose to purchase an over-the-counter treatment, follow the directions carefully and use with caution. If the product fails, do not switch to other over-the-counter treatments or use any prescription products as a “last resort”. This can be potentially harmful. Manual removal with an all natural product is the safe alternative and a necessary component to any head lice treatment regimen.

Remove all nits. This assures total lice treatment. Separate hair in sections and remove all attached nits with the Nit Terminator Comb, baby safety scissors, or your fingernails.

Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Combs and brushes may be soaked in hot water 130 degrees (not boiling) for 10 minutes.

Avoid lice sprays with Pesticides! Vacuuming after using an all natural pesticide free product is the safest and best way to
remove lice or fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals and car seats.

Check for lice on a regular basis. This is the best way to protect your family and community.