WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?
“A louse that infests the scalp and hair of the human head” and is especially common among schoolchildren. This little creature has 6 legs and can move very fast but cannot jump
Adult head lice can measure about 2-3 millimeters about the size of a sesame seed. Lice are very small but it can still be detected by the human eye.
The color of adult lice varies from sort of tan to gray/white color. Most are extremely contagious but are quite harmless.
Some species do in fact carry disease and can be harmful.
They are parasites and depend on human blood for their survival, which they get from your scalp.
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM
Head lice originated in North American but have migrated all over the world. In some of the farthest regions of the earth, head lice are there.
Head lice are thought to have separated from body lice, a similar yet distinct species, many thousand years ago. Head lice are transmitted from one host to another host through close contact.
For example this implies that a person who has not been infected would have to be up close and personal with an infected person by wearing the clothing, hat, comb or brush can speed the spreading of this animal.
Interestingly though, the louse could not survive more than twenty-four hours without the nourishment it gets from a human host.
A common misconception about head lice is that it is a sign of poor hygiene. It is also said that lice affect only poor people that live in sort of impoverished conditions.
This could not be further from the truth, it matters not what a person economic condition is, his or her race or gender, lice can attack anyone and are not selective at all who they are.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF
Although head lice can be annoying, proper treatment can get rid of the infestation easily and very quickly and without any pain at all.
Head lice have been around basically as long as humans have and the reality is there is not a chance they’ll ever go away.
As a preventive measure don’t share hats or any headgear, hair accessories, combs with others, especially if they are infected with lice. Don’t share beds, towels or bedding with anyone that is infected.
HOW TO TREAT AN INFECTION
Medicated shampoos are designed to kill adult lice. A doctor can also prescribe medicated shampoos, that will eliminate your problem also.
A word of caution, never use these powerful shampoos on children, you’ll need to consult your doctor on the proper way of addressing them if they should get infected.
Vacuum your carpets and wash all your bedding, dry the sheets and other bedding at a high temperature for at least a half hour to insure that all the lice are dead.
Getting rid of lice can be time consuming but with patience you can remove each and everyone of them in time.