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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 affected person or indirect contact via contaminated objects: comb, brush, hat, scarf, bedding, etc. Indirect transmission is less common, since lice do not survive more than 2 or 3 days without a human host.
Transmission occurs mainly at home, school or daycare, or in public areas. An outbreak of lice has nothing to do with cleanliness or personal hygiene. Lice do not live on animals, so pets cannot transmit lice. Contrary to popular belief, lice do not jump from head to head.
If you find lice or nits, you must act immediately!
Don’t hesitate to speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions about lice and its treatment. In addition to prescribing the right treatment, they can answer all of your questions and provide valuable information, so you can eliminate these unwelcome intruders once and for all! Prepare your visit to the pharmacy by completing this form and bringing it with you when you speak to the pharmacist.
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