Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do Head lice prefer clean or dirty hair?

A. Head lice are not selective. They only need blood to drink and hair to cling to. They will attach themselves to clean or dirty hair regardless of age or hair colour.

Q. Is an itchy head a sign of head lice?

A. Not always, dry scalp conditions such as dandruff can cause irritation and itching. It is important to carry out a scalp analysis to determine the cause of the itch before treating for head lice.

 

Q. What should I wash or treat at home?

A. Following your treatment, all bedding needs to be washed in hot water or placed in the clothes dryer for 30 minutes on hot. Head lice combs, hair ties and hair brushes can be cleaned in water hotter than 60°C or placed in a plastic bag in the freezer for 8 hours.
Any clothes, scarves or hats should be treated the same.
Furniture and other surfaces can be cleaned using The Halo Clinic’s Alcohol Spray.

 

Q. Does my child have to miss school?

A. According to the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009, children with head lice may be readmitted to school after head lice treatment has commenced.

 

Q. Should I treat everyone in the family?

A. It is important to check each family member for head lice. Head lice can be transmitted from sharing combs or brushes, contact with car seats or even a simple hug where head to head contact is made.

Q. Why do you have to treat again in ten days time?

A. Head lice eggs take up to 10 days to hatch. Although after your treatment you will no longer have live lice, no treatment can successfully kill lice eggs. By treating again in ten days, you are ensuring that every lice and egg has been treated and removed.

Q. Do head lice fly or jump?

A. Head lice do not have wings or knees so they cannot fly or jump from head to head. They can only crawl.

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