What does your instinct tell you when you hear head lice—does your body jolt into alert mode and tell you to run for sweet life or do you become paralyzed at just the thought of scratching your head excessively for two weeks?
We think it’s safe to say that none of us will ever react with joy upon hearing any mention of head lice.
Once the alarm bells in your head stop ringing and you’ve got a chance to get your bearings, here are some things that can help you prevent a head lice infestation.
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Head lice infestations primarily spread through head-to-head contact and if you truly want to limit the possibility of contracting lice, the best way to do that is to avoid activities or games that may involve coming in head-to-head contact with someone who has an active infestation.
Whether your friends invite you out for a game of Twister or you want to take a harmless selfie with your partner, if you see someone constantly itching their hand, politely decline to opt-out of the activity.
If you have children, you can ask them to tie their hair in a ponytail or a braid so it doesn’t come into contact with someone else’s hair.
Head lice require human blood and the warmth of the scalp to survive. However, if they fall off the strands of hair and land on an object, they can live up to two days without human blood. This means that you can also contract lice by coming in contact with inanimate objects.
The best way to avoid contracting lice from objects is to avoid sharing your belongings with someone who might have lice. Items that people wear or use on their heads, such as hairbrushes, hats, hair accessories, scarves and other items such as headsets and towels shouldn’t be shared.
Another way you can keep yourself safe from head lice is by doing your laundry as usual and more often if lice are suspected. Lice are unable to survive when exposed to high temperatures for more than five minutes. You can prevent an outbreak by tossing your clothes and other accessories in a washer in which the water is 130° F or higher.
Similarly, lice aren’t able to survive in extremely low temperatures. You can place your belongings in an air-tight plastic bag and freeze them to kill the lice as well. After that, you can simply wash your clothes to get rid of dead lice.
Since lice are persistent, taking all these precautionary measures may not protect you a hundred percent. So, in the instance that you do contract lice, the best way to go about getting rid of them would be to find an all-natural treatment—but we don’t mean home remedies! Home remedies are at best anecdotal and over-the-counter treatments are downright ineffective for the treatment of head lice.
Ultimately, the best way to get rid of them is to seek professional lice removal treatment that can eliminate these pesky creatures once and for all. If you’re looking for the best lice treatment in Brick, New Jersey, Lice Troopers’ lice removal and lice treatment center Brick uses natural and child-friendly treatment methods for lice removal. Contact us at 732-806-7717 to make an appointment today!