Head Lice Prevention, Treatment and Walk-In Head Check Clinic in Ashe County

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December 14, 2018
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December 14, 2018
Head Lice Prevention, Treatment and Walk-In Head Check Clinic in Ashe County

[ASHE COUNTY, NC] –AppHealthCare (Appalachian District Health Department) is partnering with Ashe County Schools to address head lice prevention, treatment and offering walk-in head check clinics. Scholarships for head lice treatment will also be available.  

The AppHealthCare team will offer a walk-in head check clinic, no appointment needed, will be hosted on Monday, December 17th from 1pm to 4:45 pm.

AppHealthCare will also be offering scholarships for families who need help affording their prescription medication (“Sklice”) to better treat head lice. In partnership with People’s Drug, these scholarships will support paying for prescription treatment for families who have had a history of reinfection or who are identified during the head check clinics above.

Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.

The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.

For more information on Head Lice and treatment see the CDC’s Head Lice FAQs and Head Lice Treatment FAQs.

For additional information about this event and more from AppHealthCare please call 828-264-4995 or visit our website at www.apphealthcare.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.