(HealthDay News) -- Head lice are small, wingless parasitic
insects that feast on tiny amounts of blood sucked from the human
scalp. They don't spread disease, but the itchy bites they leave
behind can trigger misery and infection.
The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help get rid
- Wash any recently worn clothing or recently used linens in
water of at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow with 20 minutes in
the dryer on a very hot cycle.
- Dryclean any linens, stuffed animals or clothes that can't be
washed. Or, seal them in an airtight bag for at least two
- Use a vacuum to clean upholstery or carpet inside your home or
- Discard combs, brushes, barrettes, hair elastics and other hair
accessories used by a person with lice infestation. Or, soak them
for one hour in alcohol, very hot water or medicated shampoo.
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