12 Oct How To Keep Lice From Spreading
How To Keep Lice From Spreading
You can get lice from many perfectly fine behaviors like hugs, snuggles, posing for pictures, and sharing brushes. The bad news is if you have hair on your head during these activities, you can get lice and spread it. It doesn’t matter if your hair is clean or dirty, if you color your hair, if your hair is long or short (you can have lice if you have a buzz cut).
How to Stop the Spread of Lice Outline
Here’s the Center for Lice Control’s recommendations for preventing the spread of head lice:
- Narrow the lice target
- Combing head checks
- Don’t share brushes
- Communicating you have lice
By narrowing the lice target, we mean put long hair up in a bun, braid or ponytail. You can still get lice when heads touch but by putting hair up you are making an effort to keep your hair to yourself and are at less of a risk of having hair to hair contact.
Combing head checks are the best way to detect a case of lice in the early stages. We recommend combing head checks every other week, which is the perfect schedule of lice control because you’ll find lice before that person has a contagious case. Effectively stopping the spread of lice protecting family and friends from getting a case of lice. Families should be doing these head checks because relying on your school nurse to control lice outbreaks for an entire school is an unrealistic task.
Sharing brushes is the second biggest risk factor when it comes to sharing lice. If a person that has a contagious case of lice brushes their hair a louse can get dragged out and on to the brush. The louse will hide in the base of the brush where loose hair gathers. The next person that uses that brush is at risk for getting lice because once that brush goes through the hair, the louse is going to grab onto the new host’s hair and now they have a new home. We recommend keeping loose hair cleaned off the brush and using brushes that have a white base so it is easier to inspect for lice.
Communicating you have lice to your school or friends and family you’re giving everyone a chance to check to see if they have lice too. No one wants lice and they defiantly don’t want to share it but it happens. And it happens from all the right behaviors like we said so it’s not the easiest phone call but it’s very important to control lice outbreaks from spreading and carrying on. By not telling anyone you have lice you’re putting your family at risk for getting lice right back.
Our mission at the Center for Lice Control is to control lice outbreaks. Call our free hot line 610-324-5661 or stop in to our new Center for Lice Control Salon located at 68 W. Eagle Road, Havertown, PA 19083.
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