head lice


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head lice

Pediculosis capitis Public health A louse transmitted in crowded conditions–eg, day care centers, homeless shelters Treatment Topical insecticides–permethrin, synergized pymethrin, malathion. See Crabs.
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During this peak lice season, it's important to be up the learning curve on head lice so you can identify lice in the event that your child has contracted a case.
According to a just released Tec Labs/Qualtrics poll of 530 mothers, here are four head lice myths that definitely need busted.
Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair and are particularly common in children.
Head lice are said to affect one in five children in the UK at any one time.
Distinguishing body lice from head lice by multiplex real-time PCR analysis of the Phum_PHUM540560 gene.
Head lice are spread by direct contact with the head of an infected person, or, much less likely, by sharing combs, brushes or hats.
Head lice are between 1-4 mm long (about the size of a sesame seed) and cling to the hair shaft.
Figures show 60 per cent of parents check once a month or less often for signs of head lice and 53 per cent fail to follow treatment instructions properly.
Despite its high prevalence in the UK, the subject of head lice is still an uncomfortable topic for many families.
Body lice and head lice have a common ancestor, which means that if you were to travel back far enough in time and study lice, you wouldn't find both body lice and head lice--only head lice.
CNRS added: "Until now, head lice, which feed on the scalp and lay their eggs on hair, and body lice, which feed on the rest of the body and live in the creases of dirty clothes, were thought to be different species.