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What is Head lice?

Lice are tiny insects that can be found on the head. These insects live on humans and feed on their blood. Lice that live close to the scalp are known as head lice.

Head lice are found most often on the back of the neck and behind the ears.

Although lice can’t jump or fly, they can spread very easily from person to person through head-to-head contact or through shared clothing or personal items (such as a hat, towel, or hairbrush). Contrary to popular myth, personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.

I think I have lice or have been exposed to someone how has lice....

HAVE A FRIEND DO A HEAD CHECK!

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What do I do if I have lice?

It is time for treatment

There are several medicated shampoos commonly used to treat head lice.

Prevention

Tip #1: Avoid head-to-head contact. The easiest way for lice to spread from one person to another is through direct contact.

Tip #2: Don’t share clothing or personal items. Do not share personal belongings such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, towels, or other items that may have come into contact with their hair

Tip #3: Clean to control the spread. Items that have come into contact with a person infested with head lice should be machine washed in hot water (130° F) and dried in the dryer on a high heat setting. Such items include clothing, bed linens, and stuffed animals. Items that cannot be washed can be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks. Combs and brushes that have been used by an infested person should be soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes.

If you have any additional questions, please call the Marquette University Medical Clinic at 414-288-7184 and ask to speak with a nurse.


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