What is Head Lice?
Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are parasites that can be found on the heads of adults and especially young children in schools/daycares. Pediculosis is the term for an infection with head lice. Head lice infestation is very common, and is very contagious. So it is easy to transmit head lice from one person to another. Preschool and elementary-school children (3-11 years of age) and their families are infected most often. Girls contract head lice more often than boys, and women contract more head lice than men.
Treatment & Diagnosis of Head Lice
Head Lice can be diagnosed by Dr. Adler and is usually determined through a microscopic point of view.
For effective elimination of head lice, the individual with lice, family members, and the home must be treated. It is important to remember that treatment should only be started if there are clearly live lice identified by Dr Adler. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics in a recent clinical report, “The ideal treatment of lice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, readily available without a prescription, easy to use, effective and inexpensive.”
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