got lice? #sympathies
Dozens of students were “dropping like flice” last week. If you were one of those who got some lice bad news, you have my sympathies. Not only have a couple of my children gotten lice; I have, too—a couple days after hugging all the graduating seniors at commencement one year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following guidelines for treating lice from its webpage.
- All household members and other close contacts should be checked.
- Treat with over-the-counter pediculicides (medicines that kill lice). You may want a treatment that also has an ovicidal effect (kills eggs). Any “bedmates” should also be treated.
- Use a special metal nit comb to remove any lice and eggs over the next two to three weeks.
- Soak combs and brushes in hot water for five to 10 minutes.
- If crawling lice are still found eight to 12 hours after treatment, see your doctor for a much stronger and more effective treatment for stubborn cases.
- Wash all of the following used by the person within two days in hot water and dry in a hot dryer: hats, scarves, pillowcases, bedding, clothing, towels. OR put those items in a large black plastic garbage bag for two weeks.
- Do not share hats, grooming aids, and towels, etc.
- Vacuum furniture and floors. NOTE: Lice cannot survive off a person for more than one to two days.
See this website for more detailed information about treatment and the various recommended medicines: cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html.
A louse is “no respecter of persons.” This means that catching lice does not mean you are not well groomed. However, it can be a lesson to not share hair products, hats, ear buds and sweatshirts. Keep perspective: Today an American doctor died of ebola. Having lice is an annoyance, not a death sentence.
Hang in there,