I don’t really have to tell you what these little critters are. You may remember those dreaded spot checks by mums with their car keys in primary school. Followed by the embarrassment of getting sent home if you were found to be “infected”.
For those with no memory of these pests, other than being called “nit boy”, let me give you the run down. Head lice are tiny wingless parasites, about the size of a sesame seed or strawberry pip, which feed on the blood from your scalp. You catch head lice from close personal contact with someone who has them, which is why it is most common for young children (especially of primary school age) to get them.
Hair cleanliness will not make a difference for your chance of catching lice, its personal contact that really matters. If you work with children, have a little brother or sister, niece or nephew who gets lice it’s very possible they will pass them onto you. If you give them the odd hug or tussle it moves from possible to probable.
There are a number of effective treatments for lice. The most simple is removing the head lice with a comb. You can also get special shampoos containing pesticides that you can get from your pharmacy.