Can head lice be prevented?

Angela Lowery
Family Medicine
Yes, head lice can be prevented. You should avoid having head-to-head contact. Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Do not come in direct contact with clothing, bedding, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals of people that have been recently infested. Machine wash bedding, clothing and towels in hot water and dry on hot cycle in the dryer. Soak combs and brushes in hot water for at least 5-10 minutes.

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Lice are parasitic insects that feed on blood and can live in peoples heads and on their bodies, including in the pubic area. Head lice often are a concern for parents of young children. Lice crawl, not hop or fly, and are spread ...

commonly through head-to-head contact. A child with lice will experience itching, difficulty sleeping, and sores on the head. The child also might feel like something is moving in his hair. Prescription and over-the-counter shampoos, plus a special comb with tight teeth, work best to kill lice and remove their eggs, called nits.

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