Head lice: What to look for and how to avoid it


Since the cold temperatures have moved in, your primary concern is most likely to bundle up. But with the need for additional layers, comes the concern for spreading germs or worse yet, head lice.

Getting head lice is actually very common and people can get head lice more than once in their life. Key symptoms to watch out for include an itchy scalp, head scabs, and the feeling that something is crawling in your hair. If you feel that you have head lice, it’s important to get it treated as soon as possible. Lice kits can be bought over the counter at any pharmacy. Experts at Mercy Medical Center stress the most important thing towards a successful treatment, is time.

“When you’re getting rid of it, it’s very crucial to make sure you got it all because if there’s eggs still in there, it usually takes 7-10 days to hatch which is why the kits will tell you as well, ‘retreat’,” says Natalie Olorundami-Hughes, Mercy Wellness Specialist.

When treating lice, wash all bedding, coats, scarves, hats, and anything that comes into contact with the person’s head. To avoid spreading or catching lice, doctors suggest not sharing hats or combs.

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