Head lice news! Back to school Preparation

by Tracey on August 17, 2009

Report from Washington, DC (30th July 2009)

The tiny parasitic insects known as head lice can infest the head and neck area and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Head lice do not cause disease, but they can itch and irritate the scalp. And excessive scratching can cause bacterial infection.

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An estimated 6 to 12 million cases of head lice infestation occur each year in the United States in children 3 to 11 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Head lice are most common among preschool children attending child care, elementary school children, and household members of children who have lice.

Head lice are spread mainly by direct head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. Lice don’t fly or jump; they move by crawling. But because children play so closely together and often in large groups, lice can easily travel from child to child.


“Getting lice does not mean you are dirty – it only means that you’ve been around others with head lice,” says Susan Walker, M.D., director of FDA’s Division of Dermatology and Dental Products.

You can check for head lice or nits by parting the hair in several spots. Use a magnifying glass and a bright light to help spot them. Lice can move fast so it may be easier to spot the nits. Nits can look like dandruff, but you can identify them by picking up a strand of hair close to the scalp and pulling your fingernail across the area where you suspect a nit. Dandruff will come off easily, but nits will stay firmly attached to the hair.

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Alecia Brown September 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm

I live in Denver, Colorado and my 11 year old daughter has lice.
She has been treated twice with Nix and we have spent hours
picking out the nits in her hair.

I would like to order your product. Please tell me how.

Thanks so much!!!

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