Head lice are not just extremely irritating. They can also be stigmatising. And anybody can get them. You just have to touch heads with someone who has them. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to keep them away.
Hats and scarves
Hats and scarves are apt to change owners, especially among families. But this is best avoided. Often it’s our items of clothing that accelerate a breakout of head lice. Tip: don’t hang coats and scarves too closely together. You don’t want to make it easy for the louse.
Long, loose hair gives lice a better chance. Do you have a child with long hair and has the school announced an outbreak of head lice? Best to put the hair in a ponytail every morning. That will lower the lice’s chances considerably.
What about the comb in the bathroom?
Infestation through items other than clothing, such as combs, hairbrushes or bedding is rare, but nonetheless possible.
Tip: Elimax kills nits and head lice and keeps new infestations at bay. Available from your pharmacist.