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Healthy Community Healthy You – Lice – Strawberry Seed Size Bugs On Your Scalp

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Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough – Tiny little insects can wreak havoc on our scalps, making our head feel itchy and uncomfortable. Children fall victim more to contracting lice, mainly because lice spread directly from one person’s head to another, 0and children are in closer contact to one another in their school and
activity environments. Lice are only about the size of a strawberry seed and can have a tan/gray coloring. Females attach their eggs to the scalp and the eggs will hatch in about 6 to 9 days. In 9 to 12 days the lice become mature and c0an live can live for 3 to 4 weeks. The problem is that females can lay up to 10 eggs at a time. Lice become invasive and must be treated immediately to prevent spreading.

Lice do not carry viral or bacterial diseases. It’s the scratching on the head, neck and shoulders that can cause infection. Sometimes they can be hard to spot. Lice avoid light but you can spot the eggs (nits). If lice are suspected, it’s important to seek medical attention before starting treatment. Lice can be mistaken for dandruff or residue from hair products used. A doctor will use a magnifying lens to inspect and/or a tool called a Wood’s light to check for eggs (nits). The light makes the lice show up as a pale blue color. A doctor will recommend using a shampoo that has permethrin (nix) that is toxic to lie. This can be followed by using a lotion to the scalp that contains ivermectin (Sklice). It needs to be rinsed out of dry hair after sitting for 10 minutes. A doctor can also prescribe an oral drug called Ivermectin (Stromectol). A topical prescription called Malathion is also an option as well as Spinosad (Natroba). Body lice is also possible so
after shower applying these measures to the body can be taken as well.

Lice can also be spread indirectly through items such as combs and brushes, pillows, towels, scarves, and hats. It’s important to wash all of these items regardless of if lice are detected on them to decrease the risk of spreading. Sometimes pets can spread lice too, but they cannot survive on these animals. We don’t always know when and where lice will strike, and it isn’t a matter of personal hygiene. It’s always a good idea to not share personal items when unnecessary. Children are taught to share so sometimes the lesson can be confusing for young ages. However, always being aware of washing hands, clothes, and not sharing specific items, are good lessons to be learned.


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