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Sterifab Sanitizer can be helpful in killing lice and eggs on furniture, beds, clothing, rugs and other areas where lice can infest.
Looking for a fast effective way to kill head lice and body lice? Head and body lice are blood feeders and parasitic insects that live on humans heads and survive on their blood. They bite the skin four to five times daily to feed. To feed, the louse bites through the skin and injects saliva, which prevents blood from clotting; it then sucks blood into its digestive tract. Bloodsucking may continue for a long period if the louse is not disturbed. While feeding, lice may excrete dark red feces onto the skin.
Having head lice DOES NOT mean that the infected person has bad hygiene or low social status. Head and body lice are spread by close contact with other people. Lice can easily thrive on heads, armpits and genital areas where hair is abundant and their presence may go unnoticed. Lice can only occasionally live in eyebrows and eyelashes.
Head lice can spread very easily, especially for those people that live in close contact with a person that has head lice. Overcrowded conditions, shelters, etc can be especially vulnerable to head lice problems. School children are at risk as head lice can easily spread by combs, brushes, hats, caps and other items that are commonly shared.
Finding head lice may be difficult. A bright light must be used and the hair must be parted and the head carefully examined. Head lice are very small and difficult to see with the naked eye. They are easiest to see over the neck and ears. Head Lice eggs resemble flakes of dandruff, but instead of flaking off, they are glued to to the scalp.
Head lice eggs (nits) can be found at the base of hair shafts close to the scalp. Look for moving lice (called a louse) and the small white eggs. If you find 1 moving louse or 1 lice egg, then treatment should begin immediately.
The use of a lice comb or a fine tooth metal comb can help in removing head lice eggs from the hair shaft, but removing head lice that are attached to the scalp can be difficult. Plastic combs usually will not remove the eggs. Stiff metal combs are preferred. Rubbing olive oil on the hair before combing will make removing lice eggs a little easier. All infested hair shafts, eggs etc, should be disposed of down a drain or in a plastic trash bag. Trash bags should be immediately sealed and disposed of to prevent lice from crawling to areas where they can re-infest. Take time and carefully inspect for head lice eggs before performing any treatment. The eggs are NOT killed by head lice shampoos or over the counter medications and have to be manually removed.
Body lice can be a little easier to control since removing the hair is always the first step. Carefully cutting the hair under the arms and around the genitals and then shaving using a clean sharp shaver to remove the hair follicle will provide immediate control of the eggs. Shaving in a shower is recommended, since the infested hair and eggs can easily be washed down the drain. Shaving in a bathtub is not recommended since floating hair, eggs and even lice can re-attach themselves to other parts of the body.
When shaving or removal of hair is not practical for body lice, then the same inspection and removal methods for hair lice should be used.
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