What A Pharmacist Wants Parents To Know About Lice

Head lice are definitely every parent’s nightmare, especially when the children are in primary school.

In aid of the National Bug Bustling Day last October 31, Stuart Gale, owner of www.oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk and chief pharmacist, wanted to educate all parents regarding head lice for them to be fully equipped at getting the pests at bay.

The 11 things about head lice

These are the 11 things that Gale wanted to impart to parents.

  1. It only takes about thirty seconds for lice to move from a person’s head to another.
  2. Head lice can’t jump, swim or fly. The only way to transport them is through head-to-head contact.
  3. They are not likely going to spread from combs, hats and pillows.
  4. They only affect people. They are not caught from animals.
  5. Their eggs hatch after 10 days. Once laid, there is still a window to treat them before they bed in.
  6. There are studies that show that they’re becoming resistant to chemical treatments.
  7. Regular brushing using a metal nit comb is enough to keep them at bay.
  8. They appear to get repelled by tough smells like peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus.
  9. People will suffer from telltale itch, if they’re allergic to saliva from head lice.
  10. Head lice don’t prefer short or long, clean or dirty hair.
  11. Effective treatment involves a process. A special shampoo with a metal nit comb should be used. Regular combing using this specific comb eradicates all eggs and any bugs.

A great way on how to kill lice includes treating everyone in the household, according to NHS. This also means that everyone should be treated in a similar day.


There are a few products which can be applied to the hair and scalp. This includes a dimeticone (4%) lotion or a lotion spray that is left overnight, or a dimeticone (4%) gel that is left on for only fifteen minutes.

Wet Combing

This involves eradicating lice using a special comb with fine teeth. Combs that have flat teeth with 0.2 – 0.3 mm spaces apart are suitable for removing head lice.