Head lice are parasitic insects found on the heads of people. Contact with an already infested person is the most common way to get head lice. Head-to head contact is common during play at school and at home (sports activities, on a playground, slumber parties, at camp).
Occasionally, head lice may be acquired from contact with clothing, such as hats, scarves and coats, or other personal items, such as brushes or towels, that belong to an infested person. Preschool and elementary-age children and their families are infested most often.
There are three forms of lice: the egg (also called a nit), the nymph and the adult. They are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the neck.
Head lice hold on to hair with hook-like claws found at the end of each of their six legs. An infestation is diagnosed by looking closely through the hair and scalp for nits, nymphs or adults.
Signs and symptoms include a tickling feeling of something moving in the hair, itching caused by an allergic reaction to the bites, irritability, and sores on the head caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected.
The most important step in treating a head lice infestation is to treat the person and other family members with head lice with medication to kill the lice. Wash clothing and bedding worn or used by the infested person in the two-day period just before treatment is essential.
If you are not sure if a person has head lice, the diagnosis should be made by your health care provider or school nurse, or a professional from the local health department or agricultural extension service.
High school choir offers Christmas grams
For a small fee, Craig residents may send some holiday cheer to friends or family and help out the Moffat County High School choir.
The choir is offering Christmas grams this holiday season. For $10, a small ensemble will sing three Christmas carols, serve a holiday treat and take a picture with recipients of the Christmas grams.
Delivery of the Christmas grams are set for 3:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19.
Christmas grams must be reserved by Dec. 14. To reserve a Christmas gram, call Julie Rustand at 824-7036, ext. 7130.