We all know lice are bad, but many people don't know the truth about these insects. The Lice Specialist of Texas knows all about head lice and treatment options. You can trust us to tell you the truth about lice.
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You don't have to browse the internet to learn more about head lice. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about lice, nits and treatment:
1.Are lice dangerous, and do they carry diseases? Lice can cause itching and rashes but don't carry diseases.
2.What do lice look like? Adults are about the size of a sesame seed, have 6 legs, are wingless and have a brown tint.
3.What do nits (eggs) look like? Nits are laid on and glued to the hair shaft close to the scalp. They're oval-shaped and appear brown when placed against a white background. They're encased in a translucent shell.
4.How long does it take for a nit to hatch? Nits take 8-12 days to develop and hatch.
5.How many nits does a louse lay? A louse lays up to 6-10 eggs a day and can live for 30 days before it dies. That means each bug can lay 180-300 eggs before it dies.
6.Why has there been such an increase in head lice in recent years? There is an increasing resistance among lice to chemical-based shampoos and pesticides. Furthermore, some of the more effective chemicals have been removed from pesticides due to their harmful side effects. Because lice have developed resistance to numerous chemicals over the years, they have become known as "super lice."
7.How are lice transferred from person to person? Head-to-head contact is by far the most common way to transfer lice. Lice can also be transferred through objects like caps, helmets and hair brushes.
8.How long can lice live off of the head? Lice feed on human blood from the scalp up to 3 times daily and will die within 24-36 hours when off of the head.
9.Do I have to clean my furniture or car after treatment? No. Lice don't feel comfortable leaving hair shafts, but if any happen to crawl onto furniture, they'll die within 24-36 hours. In Texas, lice are likely to die from overheating if left in the car. Some people like to wipe down their car seats and sofas with a cloth or lint brush, but you don't have to. You can also place your bedding in the dryer for 20 minutes on high heat if you want additional peace of mind.
10.Will nits survive if they fall off the head? No. Since nits are glued to the hair shaft, they typically don't fall off. If a nit does, however, it will quickly die because it needs the warmth of your scalp to survive. In the unlikely chance that a nymph hatches from the shell, it will die before it can move.
11.Do I need to throw away hair brushes or accessories? No. You can put hair tools and accessories in zip lock bags and put them in the freezer for at least four hours, if you wish. You can also pour boiling water onto the items carefully while they're in the sink.
12.If my child has lice, does that mean their hair was dirty? No. Lice like clean hair. If you have too much oil in your hair, you won't have to worry about lice sticking around.
13.What prevention tips should parents use? Parents should check their children's hair weekly for lice. When possible, inspect in natural sunlight so you can see the lice easier. Put long hair in a bun or braid and apply hair spray, gel or mousse. We recommend using lice repellent hair sprays with tea tree oil.
14.Does everyone feel itchy from lice? No. A person may have lice and be asymptomatic or have one louse and experience itching.
15.Do I have to tell my child's friends and their school? The choice is yours. You should let their friends know so that they can check to see if they've been infected. If they have, they'll need to get treated so they don't give lice back to your child.
16.What's the school policy regarding nits and allowing children back into school? The American Pediatric Association has recommended that schools drop "no nit" policies, as children were missing school. The association states that by the time a case is discovered, the child has been in school already for at least two weeks. Some schools maintain a "no nit" policy while others have dropped it.
17.Do pets carry lice? No. Lice and nits live only on human heads.
Do you have more questions about head lice? Contact the Lice Specialist of Texas today.