How to Prevent Head Lice

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How to Keep from Getting Head Lice

While we would like prescribe a guaranteed prevention, there is no such thing. There are, however, some steps you can take to reduce the chances.

  1. Put a protectant on the hair. Lice prefer clean hair to “dirty” hair photograph of several LiceDoctors preventative products
    because they can grab hold of clean hair more easily. When there is product on the hair, it becomes more difficult for the louse to adhere to the hair and climb up each strand to get its food at the scalp. We recommend LiceDoctors Peppermint Repellent Spray which coats the hair and has the additional benefit of a peppermint scent, which is a natural repellent to lice. (Tools for preventing head lice)

  1. Children with long hair should wear it up in a bun or in a braid, especially when around children who have been exposed to head lice. You want to make the hair less accessible to bugs.

  1. Over to 95% of cases of head lice are transferred by head to head contact. If you are around anyone who has been exposed to head lice, do not hug a person or come in to close proximity. If a bug can crawl from one head to another then it very well might. Do not give lice that opportunity.

  1. While vectors are not a likely conduit for transmitting head lice, it is still wise to avoid sharing combs or hats. Head lice generally do not like to leave a warm head that houses its food supply (blood), but there is a chance that a louse might find its way onto an object and will be looking for another head to get to as quickly as possible.

If you find signs of head lice, give us a call at 800-224-2537. Head lice are very common today and effect and estimated 10-12 million school children each year. LiceDoctors comes right to your home to make your treatment as convenient and private as possible.

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