Head lice

Head lice

Head lice are a common problem, particularly among young children, but thankfully they are not harmful and are easily dealt with by a trip to the chemist.

The lice themselves are very small and can be difficult to see in a person’s hair. Often the only evidence that they are there are the small white eggs they leave behind, or an itchy scalp. Therefore, the only sure way to ascertain if a person has head lice is to use a special lice comb that is fine enough to trap the insects in its teeth.

Once found they are easily treated with lotions available from the pharmacist, although you should always ask to make sure that they are suitable, particularly if treating young children or pregnant women.

Unfortunately, though, there is very little that can be done to prevent head lice. Contrary to popular belief, they are not attracted to dirty hair and as they only affect humans you cannot catch them from animals or pets. They are also unable to fly or jump so the only real way of catching them is to place your head in direct contact with someone who already has them. For this reason, it is relatively rare for adults to catch them but common for young children.

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