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The difference between head lice and scabies:

Lice and scabies are parasites living and feeding off human skin and blood.


Lice

LiceLice live on the scalp, as everyone knows, and likes playing hide and seek between the hair roots. Luckily (and unluckily) the give themselves away by biting and drinking blood, making the scalp itch, giving us the opportunity to declare lice war and get rid of them chop-chop with your friendly neighbourhood helper, Paranix. You don’t have to resort to pesticides.


 

Scabies

scabiesScabies, on the other hand, are microscopic little mites, which lives on the skin of the body. In most cases, scabies develops only after close and prolonged contact with an infected person, but it can also be transmitted by sharing clothing (they hide in the seams), towels and bedding. Scabies can live in bedding for 24 hours or even more! Severe itching is the primary symptom. This is caused by the female mite, which burrows into the skin, lays her egges and produces toxins that cause allergic reactions, which causes this maddening itch. Small red bumps can then form on the skin.

 

 References: 

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/skin-conditions-lice-scabies?page=2

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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.

Lice

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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Back to school: Protect your children from lice infestations

ARE YOU SCARED OF YOUR KIDS GETTING HEAD LICE?

 

ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT THEM RETURNING TO SCHOOL?

 

During the first few weeks of school, there is a sudden increase in lice infestations. This occurs for two main reasons; the influx of children and the summer climate.

 

After Christmas holiday’s children are excited to get back to school and play with their friends. They run around, play outside and hug each other repeatedly. This increases the risk of lice infestations.back to school

 

Influx of children

Lice infestations mainly affect pre-primary and primary school children, as they tend to have more head-to-head contact,

and play more closely than older kids. This high level of head-to-head contact increases lice transmission and the prevalence of infestations.

 

Climate

Lice infestations can occur throughout the year but are extremely prevalent during summer. Lice prefer the humid climate to the winter cold weather. They live in the moist, damp areas of the hair, like the area behind the ears and/or neck. During summer we are more likely to sweat in these areas, making these areas the perfect habitat for lice.

 

 

In order to protect your children from infestations this January we have provided some helpful tips:

 

Instruct your children to avoid sharing hats, scarves, pillows, hair brushes, helmets, or any item of clothing that could possibly transfer lice.

 

Check your child’s head for lice on a weekly basis. Look in the crown of the hair, behind the ears and the nape of the neck. Especially after spending time with friends or sleepovers.

 

For young girls, tie their hair in a bun or braid. This prevents hair from dangling and potentially coming into contact with other children’s hair.

 

When checking for a lice infestation, it is easier to check wet hair. It is important to check the hair clump by clump. This will ensure that no lice remain hidden.

 

Use a daily prevention spray to repel lice and prevent future lice infestations.

 

 

Paranix Repellent spray

 

Paranix Repellent Spray

It not only provides 24 hour protection against infestations, but also helps repel lice that are currently infesting your child’s hair.

 

Paranix Repellent spray is an easy to use, non-greasy spray that is clinically proven to protect your children against lice infestations.

Spray the repellent on hair daily to avoid an infestation. The plant extract; IR3535 naturally repels the lice, preventing lice infestations.  It does not make the hair greasy and is safe for daily use. It is suitable for children from 12 months old.

It is important to spray on damp hair and allow it to dry naturally. Ensure that you spray on the roots, behind the ears and in the nape of the neck to ensure effective protection.