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Did you know that your pharmacist can help you win the battle against lice by prescribing an effective treatment, among other things?
Head lice are tiny wingless bugs grey-brown in colour and about the size of a sesame seed that live on the human scalp. They live for about 30 days and feed themselves by sucking blood through the scalp, which causes itching. The female lays brown or beige oval-shaped eggs (nits), the size of a grain of sand. Nits latch onto the hair shaft close to the scalp, especially at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. As the hair grows, nits move away from the scalp. Once hatched, the shell becomes translucid.
It is mostly by identifying the presence of nits that an infestation of lice is detected, since lice are hard to see. If you see nits more than 1 cm away from the scalp, they have either hatched or are dead. Unlike dandruff, lice are difficult to remove with a blow dryer or hairbrush.
Lice spread through direct contact (head to head) with an infested person or indirect contact via contaminated combs, brushes, hats, scarves or bedding. Indirect transmission is less common, because lice do not survive more than 2 or 3 days without a human host. Transmission occurs mainly at home, at school or daycare, or in crowded public areas. Lice do not live on animals, so pets cannot transmit lice. Also, contrary to popular belief, lice do not jump from head to head, and an outbreak of lice has nothing to do with cleanliness or personal hygiene.
If you find lice or nits, you must act immediately!
If you have any questions as to the choice of a medication, do not hesitate to consult your pharmacist. Among other things, he could prescribe a treatment against lice if your situation requires it. Prepare your visit to the pharmacy by filling out this form and bring it for the pharmacist. Additionally, your pharmacist can provide you with precious information so you can get rid of these unwelcome guests once and for all!
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