Head lice are a common issue. While these parasites are typically spread in elementary schools and summer camps, you are never too old to catch a case of head lice. With over 6 million cases in elementary-age citizens alone, you and your family must know about the dangers of head lice and the best ways to avoid them. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you and your family stay lice-free.
Keep Your Hair Up
Head lice have a reputation for hiding in the corners of stores and the backs of hats, but the truth is that head lice only reside in the hair of other individuals. Because head lice cannot survive outside of the hair for very long, the chances of getting lice from a hat or comb are next to none. To avoid getting head lice from other people, the best thing you can do is be mindful of head-to-head contact. One great tip for reducing contact is to put your hair up. A braid, bun, or ponytail can go a long way when it comes to keeping your hair up and out of the way.
Check Regularly For Lice
It may seem simple but checking for lice regularly is a great way to reduce their spread. If you have family in grade school, getting into the habit of checking for head lice is a good idea. Many summer camps now require a head lice check before the beginning of camp, and school should be no different. The earlier you can catch a case of lice the better. As a case progresses, it can become more aggravating to the patient, the risk of infection increases, and there is an increasing chance that the lice will spread to another.
Educate Your Family
Being able to identify a case of lice is the first step in preventing them from spreading to others. Before your kids start school or go camping, you should answer some of the basic questions they might have regarding lice such as;
How do you get lice?
How do you prevent lice?
How do you identify a case of head lice?
These small off-white bugs are known for the itching they cause, and the tingling sensation felt as the lice in the hair move across the scalp. If you or someone you know starts to experience symptoms of head lice, don’t panic! Do a quick self-check with a flashlight and a mirror, and then contact a professional. Though there are several at-home remedies and over-the-counter treatments, these options usually contain dangerous chemicals that can have serious toxic effects.
Lice Treatment in Anderson, South Carolina
Here at Lice Clinics of America, we specialize in a chemical-free head lice treatment that is guaranteed to leave you lice-free after just one appointment. We can have you lice-free and ready to go in under two hours. If you would like to learn more about LCA and the treatment options we provide, either visit us in Anderson, SC., Greenville, SC., or schedule an appointment today!