Tips About Head Lice

Video Transcript:

Here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

All right, so what are head lice? Lice are little parasites, they’re little bugs that like to grow, and live, and breed in hair. And they’re really small, I mean you can see them if you look closely, but they’re really quite small and they’re fairly symptomatic. I mean, they usually cause a lot of itch and bother to the person who has them.

Now they’re transmitted just like anything else infectious is transmitted, by direct body contact, or sharing of clothes. So if somebody has a hat, and they have lice, and they give the hat to their friend, and they put it on, then the lice can transfer over.

Now in terms of serious complications from lice, there really aren’t a lot for the normal circumstance. But, they sure can be disgusting, and they sure can be bothersome.

There are over-the-counter treatments that you can do for lice, and there are videos that you can watch on how to comb your hair out, and how to use the right shampoos and the right medications. You can also go see your local doctor, and they can give you things to get rid of the lice as well.

One thing I would caution you on those. Please, if you or perhaps a child or a young’un, has lice, please don’t make him feel more self-conscious about it than you or they already do. This can be a big social stigma, and people can think that they got it because they were dirty. And well, being dirty certainly doesn’t help the situation much, it’s not really how you get lice.

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.