Folks who have to regularly deal with lice problems know exactly when there’s the highest chance of an infestation. Lice infestations are common during four seasons of the year: back-to-school post summer break, after fall vacations, winter holidays and spring break.
It’ true that holidays give children enough time to make new memories, learn new things, and collect new stories to share with their friends. But where there’s bliss, there’s almost always something amiss. You don’t want them to share head lice with each other that they may have contracted from someone during the break.
Here are some ways to prevent a lice infestation during peak season.
One of the most common reasons why you or your child may catch lice is because you leave the hair untied. This increases the chances of them coming in contact with an infested host and catching lice.
Even though head lice don’t jump or fly, they can travel from host to host through physical contact. Since they’re experts at latching onto hair shafts, loose and flowing locks give easy access to the scalp. To prevent this from happening, it’s best to keep the hair neatly tied in a braid, bun or ponytail (if they’re not too long).
It’s rare to find cases of lice infestation that spread through shared belongings. But prevention is better than cure!
It’s true, head lice can’t survive without feeding on human blood for more than 48 hours. This is why belongings that haven’t been touched or used for that long don’t pose any risk.
But things like caps, scarves, sweaters, fur jackets, and wigs can carry head lice and soon to hatch eggs in a head-to-head contact. And when it comes to hair accessories like headbands and hair brushes, they’re closer to your scalp than clothes.
This heightens the risk of finding lice on them and transferring them to another head due to sharing.
Since peak seasons are usually holiday seasons, they’re full of close contact activities such as parties, camping, picnics and sleepovers.
For young children, this can be a highly hazardous time. Even being in contact with one kid with a head full of lice is enough to spread an infestation.
Especially, during group fucntions where you’re required to be in close proximity with another, the chances of saving your scalp are slim. Try to maintain a safe distance on such occasions.
Despite all precautions, if you still contract an infestation, see an expert lice specialist immediately. An infestation can get uglier with time if left unattended. Since head lice reproduce at an alarming rate, you need to act as fast as possible.
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