How will I know if I have Head Lice? The diagnosis of a head lice infestation is best made by finding a live nymph or adult louse on the scalp or hair of a person. Finding nits within ¼ inch of the base of the hair strongly suggests but does not confirm an infestation. The diagnosis is best made by someone trained to identify live head lice. Dandruff, debris, and hairspray residue can be mistaken for lice eggs by someone who is inexperienced with lice. How are Head Lice treated? Only active infestations are recommended for treatment. General Guidelines for Treatment All household members and other close contacts of an infested individual should be checked for infestations. All infested persons should be treated at the same time. Three types of treatment are available: Mechanical removal. This method is time consuming but effective. An infestation may be eliminated by combing each day to remove the live lice, until no live lice are discovered for about two weeks. A louse or nit comb should be used, and should be cleaned frequently to remove any caught lice or eggs. o Divide the hair into sections, and go through each section from scalp to the end of the hair. o Manually search for nits attached to the hair, and use comb to remove. If Created on 08/10/2013 11:42:00 Source of Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (accessed 7/3/07)
the comb cannot remove, the entire hair may be snipped. o Search for live lice, this may be difficult as they are small and move quickly. Over the counter (OTC) treatments (Pyrethrins or Permethrin). These treatments can be effective, but must be used according to the specific directions.
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