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Welcome to “What We’re Seeing Now,” a weekly rundown of which sicknesses UHS clinicians are seeing on campus. We’ll tell you what germs are popping up to take you down and what you can do to prevent yourself from getting sick.
Having flashbacks of elementary school? Well, head lice aren’t only confined to children. They are fairly common in any areas where there are close-contact situations (such as dorms). These hitchhikers aren’t picky about who they cling on to and it’s important to remember that having head lice is not a reflection of cleanliness nor does it mean a person has poor hygiene.
The low down: Head lice are tiny insects that live and are found almost exclusively on the scalp, particularly around and behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head, but can also be found in eyebrows and eyelashes.
We know you might be a little freaked out, but they aren’t dangerous or poisonous and are usually killed with proper medical treatment at home.
You can get head lice if you:
On that note, the best prevention is to never share hair brushes, combs, or hair pieces in general.
Symptoms of head lice may include:
How can you check for head lice?
Head lice can be hard to see. If you experience symptoms, have a friend or roommate wear a pair of disposable gloves and check your head under a bright light. They should part the hair all the way down to the scalp in very small sections, looking both for moving lice and eggs (nits). Look closely around the top of the neck and ears, the most common locations for eggs.
Treatment is recommended if even one egg is found.
Treat those buggers:
2. An important part of treatment is removing the eggs (nits). You can remove the eggs with a nit comb. Before doing this, rub olive oil in the hair or run the metal comb through beeswax. This helps make the nits easier to remove.
When to seek medical treatment:
Call your health care provider or UHS at 608-265-5600 if symptoms continue after home treatment, or if the itching causes your scalp to bleed.
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608-265-5600 (option 9)
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608-265-5600 (option 1)