Health Office – Lice

  • Lice do not discriminate. It is important to remember that having lice is not a sign of being “dirty”.
  • Head to head contact is the most common way you contract lice. You can also spread it through sharing personal items such as hats, headbands, hairbrushes, etc.
  • Lice do not jump or fly, but are good crawlers.
  • They do not spread any diseases.
  • Lice eggs (nits) are usually found within 1/2 inch of the scalp behind the ears and near the neck. They are tiny whitish ovals that are glued to the hair. They can not be easily flicked away as dandruff can.
  • Nits take about 1 week to hatch. Females can lay up to 8 nits per day. The egg hatches to release a nymph. Nymphs become adults about 7 days after hatching. Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person’s head.
  • Over the counter products can be used to treat lice. Repeat treatment should be completed in 7-1 Odays. Removing the nits with a fine comb is important as well.
  • Clothes, linens, towels, hats, etc. should be washed in hot water and dried with high heat. Items that can’t be washed, should be placed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks. Vacuuming the furniture, mattress, carpet is also recommended.

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