Are Head Lice common?

Apr 14, 2016 | FAQ

Are head lice a common problem?
Yes they are. Anyone can catch them, but head lice are most common amongst children between the ages of 4-11, and especially amongst girls.

Does head lice infection mean that you have dirty hair or a dirty home?
Absolutely not. Head lice don’t mind if hair is clean or dirty; and as they cannot live away from the human head, home hygiene has nothing to do with infection.

Do pets spread head lice?
No. Head lice are purely a human parasite and cannot infect cats, dogs, or other animals.

How are head lice spread?
By close head-to-head contact. Lice will not survive on clothing, hats, headphones, hairbrushes or furniture.

Don’t they jump from head to head?
No. Lice don’t have wings or the right sort of legs for jumping. They only move directly from one person’s hair to hair on another head. Sometimes when you are combing or brushing hair, the electrostatic charge can make lice appear to leap away from the head.

Will very short hair discourage lice?
No. Lice will happily live in 1cm of hair; the only advantage of short hair is that detection and nit/head lice treatment can be easier.

How do I know whether anyone has head lice?
By finding a living adult louse- a fine tooth plastic detection comb is best for finding them.

What about nits?
Head lice lay their eggs very close to the scalp and glue them to the hair. Nits are empty or dead egg cases and they are easier to spot as the hair grows. They are a good indicator that lice are about, but not proof that someone is currently infected. The only way to remove empty egg cases is to physically pull or comb them off the hair.

What do head lice look like?
Young lice are the size of a full stop. Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed and the females live for about a month, laying 4-6 eggs a day.

I found a live louse, what do I do?
Don’t panic! Check everybody in the family with a detector comb and treat the people who have living lice in their hair. Your local pharmacist can advise you on a suitable head lice treatment.

What is the best treatment for head lice and how do I get rid of nits?
Using a head lice removal product such as Hedrin is an effect method for the head lice treatment. Click here for more information on Hedrin and also to receive more head lice removal tips!

Treating Head Lice
Hedrin is great for treating head lice. If you have any questions about Hedrin please visit our FAQ page here.


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