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Winter lice Or Dry scalp?

Some people believe that with winter comes the end of lice infestations. This is not the case, as lice infestations can occur all year round.

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They especially occur during the winter as children are more likely to share beanies, scarves or come into close contact with other children. These are key areas where lice can be transferred from person to person.  

Some people even mistake lice infestations for dandruff. In winter the skin can become dry and dehydrated and start to flake off. Both lice infestations and dandruff present with ‘flake like’ looking particles in the hair and both cause the scalp to become itchy and inflamed. It is for this reason that dry scalp/dandruff can look like a lice infestation. Here are two tips to identify if you have lice a lice infestation or just dandruff:

 

Firstly, peruse the ‘flakes’

Is it located all over the scalp or only certain parts of the hair? Lice inhabit areas of the hair that are humid and warm. They hide behind the ears and the neck, where the blood vessels lie superficial to the skin. This creates the perfect warm environment for lice to live in. If the ‘flaking’ is located in this area and not over the whole head then it is a good indication that you have a lice infestation. 

 

Secondly, do you see ‘flakes’ on your clothing?

Dandruff or dry scalp usually affects the whole head and moults off as you move. You will often see the dead skin cells falling off the hair onto your shoulders and clothing. Lice adhere to the hair with a singular claw. They are extremely difficult to remove and require a specific type of comb in order to remove them. You will not see the lice on your clothing or personal items.

 

Most importantly, if you look at the ‘flake’ in detail, preferably with a magnifying glass, you will see that lice have a distinct body that cannot be confused with dead skin cells. Lice are brown to dark red in colour and have 6 legs with a singular claw on each leg.

 

If you find that you do have a lice infestation, look to Paranix to remove the lice. Paranix is proven to remove 100% of nits as well as lice. It is as easy as spraying or washing your hair. No mess or fuss.

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Lice infestations in the schools

Nursery and primary schools are constantly plagued by lice infestations.The infestation starts with one person but by the time you receive that letter notifying you of an infestation, the lice have spread.

It is important to understand how the lice spread in order to prevent infestations.

How do my children get head lice?

 

Head lice spread through direcLicet contact with the hair of person with head lice. Girls are more likely to be infected than boys, due to their long hair and their frequency of head to head contact.

Head lice can also spread through indirect contact with inanimate objects and personal belongings. Although this transmission is possible, it is quite uncommon. Head lice are adapted for clutching to human hair and not objects. Their singular claw will have difficulty attaching to smooth or slippery surfaces like plastic, metal, or polished synthetic leathers.

In addition, head lice are only able to survive 2 days out of the hair, as they lose their habitat and source of food. This proves that transmission mostly occurs through head to head contact.

 

Can children pick up head lice while swimming?

 

There is some evidence to show that head lice can survive under water but it is highly unlikely that lice will be transferred this way. However, if the child already has a lice infestation, the lice are likely to survive. They hold tightly onto the hair and do not let go when submerged under water. In addition to this, the chlorine used in swimming pools does not kill the head lice.

How do I prevent lice infestations?

 

Even though indirect transmission is rare, it is important that children do not share hats, scarves, beanies or hair brushes. Paranix Repellent spray should be used to actively prevent a lice infestation.

Paranix Repellent spray is an easy to use, leave in spray that is clinically proven to protect your children against lice infestations.

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Paranix Repellent Spray

 

Paranix Repellent provides 24 hour protection against an infestation.

 

Paranix Repellent contains a natural plant extract; IR3535 that naturally repels the lice.
It is safe for daily use and does not leave the hair greasy
It has a pleasant citrus fragrance,

 

References:
  1. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA