Treating Head Lice
Because head lice are spread primarily by head-to-head contact, the risk of transmission is greatest among younger people who play or go to school together. In the United States, cases of head lice most often occur in children in preschool through middle school.
Head Lice can be spread through the sharing of personal articles like hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties, etc. There is also a possibility of spreading head lice via a pillow, headrest or similar items.
You may not be aware of a lice infestation. However, common signs and symptoms can include:
If your child repeatedly scratches an itchy scalp, neck or ears from a head lice infestation, it is possible for the skin to break and an infection to develop.
Most lice treatments need to be used twice, seven to 10 days apart, along with combing wet hair with a fine-toothed comb to remove nits.
There are many different over-the-counter treatments available for the treatment of head lice that may be purchased at your local Wal-Mart or CVS.
Some lice are resistant to pyrethrins and permethrin. That's when it makes sense to turn to stronger prescription drugs, such as ivermectin and spinosad (Natroba).
In the event that one or two have fallen off the host or a few previously shed hairs with nits are lying around: