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How to avoid getting lice, treat the problem

The way lice are transmitted / CDC

MACON, Ga. -- Although school is out for the summer, many parents still have the concern that their children may get head lice.

Dr. Jason Smith from Primary Pediatrics in Macon said that although lice can be passed from person to person through fabric or brushes, the good news is that they cannot be passed directly from head to head.

But Smith said that there is no reason to panic if your child gets head lice. Typically, you can just use a lice kit to get rid of them.

However, he said that there is such a thing has "superlice" that aren't killed by lice treatments. In that case, a doctor can prescribe a specific treatment to combat the problem. He said that oftentimes this can be handled over the phone with your pediatrician rather than having to schedule an in-person appointment.

Shanda Cravey, the manager of Great Clips on Presidential Parkway, said that in order to avoid getting lice, it is important to not share hairbrushes or pillowcases. Also, if there is a lice breakout, you have to deep clean everything, including stuffed animals or anything else that your child could have held.

Cravey said that lice can happen to anybody; it doesn't depend on hygiene. No matter how clean your hair is, lice can still get into it.

However, she said that they don't like product. If you have hairspray or other oils in your hair, it is likely that lice won't be able to attach to your head.

The good news is, Dr. Smith said that lice do not carry diseases, they simply cause itching and annoyance.

Lice don't like product. They won't stick to your head if you have hairspray or tea tree or other things in your head.


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