Important Questions

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE AND ARE THEY HARMFUL?

Head lice are parasites that live exclusively on humans and feed on human blood. They can live anywhere on the human head and not just on the scalp. They are wingless insects 2 - 4 mm long with 6 legs and they range in colour from skin tone to brown. Head lice rarely (if ever) cause direct harm; they are not known to transmit infectious agents from person-to-person.
 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS HEAD LICE?

Many head lice infections cause no symptoms, probably less than half cause itch, so it's important for you to examine your child's hair. The easiest way to do this is to apply conditioner to wet hair & comb with a fine tooth lice comb then wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a tissue & look for lice or eggs; they stand out quite clearly this way. Should you find lice or eggs, your child should be treated. This is also an ideal way to check your own hair as you can do it yourself.
 

I FOUND HEAD LICE! WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Don’t panic. Most families get head lice at some stage of their children's school life. Pharmacies stock a variety of products to remove and control head lice. Lice Blaster is based on a natural formulation containing herbal extracts and tea tree oil, and does not contain any synthetic pesticide.
 

WHAT ABOUT THE BEDDING, FURNITURE AND CARPET?

Research shows that carers should not go to great lengths to treat bedding or the environment, as lice cannot live off the scalp for more than 24hrs. So drastic is the dehydration of a louse that after 12 hours away from the scalp it cannot resume feeding. Simply denying lice the food they require (human blood) is sufficient to kill most lice. It is considered not necessary to worry too much about the environment - time is better spent on the head of the infested person.
 

There is no need to use insecticide on furniture or carpet. Just wash pillow cases, hats & towels in the normal manner. For busy Mums, simply run a hot iron over pillow cases in the morning. If you are concerned about other bedding such as doonas and blankets, you can simply leave them out to air for 24hrs. Brushes need only to be soaked in hot water. Lice cannot burrow into pillows or matresses so no treatment is required for these items.