[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:
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.
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