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Handling Head Lice in the Workplace

When we hear about head lice, we generally assume that it affects children and not adults. While it’s true that children are more prone to head lice because their heads are close together when they play or do schoolwork, they aren’t the only ones who are at risk. Adults, too, can get head lice. 

The most common way for an adult to get head lice is when their child has it. The lice can easily transfer to other family members in the home. But, adults who work with children are also more likely to get head lice, such as daycare providers, teachers and health care professionals. 

So, if you’ve recently discovered that you have head lice, what are the protocols for going to work? We know that kids can return to school once they are given treatment, but does the same go for adults? Let’s find out. 

Early Treatment is a Must 

The first step in any head lice case is to get treatment. There are a number of head lice treatment products on the market, such as medicated shampoos and over-the-counter drugs. However, these products often contain harsh ingredients and are not always effective. Choose your treatment wisely so that you can kill the infestation on your first attempt. 

My Hair Helpers’ products are silicone-based and contain no toxic ingredients. They are sold online, or you can schedule an appointment to have the work done for you! We have locations in Downey and Thousand Oaks, California, as well as a mobile service that travels to Los Angeles and Ventura counties. 

Once you get treatment, you can return to work. 

Notify Your Employer 

We realize that having lice is embarrassing to some, but it shouldn’t be. In fact, hiding the fact that you have lice can make things worse because people won’t be on alert. Instead, let your employer know so that they can send out a generic email that notifies staff that a head lice incident was reported. 

The communication should also mention that lice has nothing to do with the cleanliness of the office or staff. Employees should be encouraged to see their doctor and seek treatment if they notice any signs of head lice. These steps will significantly reduce the risk of the infestation passing from one person to the next. 

Clean the Office 

Although it’s unlikely to transfer head lice from an object to a person, it can happen. That’s why it doesn’t hurt to do some light cleaning. Specifically, wipe down high-back chairs, nap or collaboration areas and the conference room. Lice can only survive for 48 hours on these surfaces, which is why the risk for transmission is low. The good news is that some basic cleaning not only reduces the spread of head lice but also keeps other germs and bacteria at bay. 

Adults can get head lice, too! If you have a confirmed case of head lice, contact My Hair Helpers for an appointment. We can check everyone in your family and treat them during the same visit. Or, purchase our safe, non-toxic products on Amazon for at-home convenience. 

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FAQ's

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that are blood-sucking parasites. They live on the scalp of humans. Head lice are the little and wingless insects with a size of sesame seeds that make their home on the human head and spread diseases by sucking the blood from the scalp. Infections and diseases caused by head lice are generally faced by on-going school students and their family members as the head of students come in contact with the head of other students. Contact My Hair Helpers to guaranteed head lice removal services. We are professional head lice removal experts known for our best service and customer support.

WHERE DO HEAD LICE COME FROM?

The evidence for head lice goes back many centuries. Lice was named as the third plague in the Old Testament of the Bible. The shell casings for lice have been found on Egyptian mummies. Live Lice on the head and their eggs can be killed by opting for different lice treatments that are available in different forms such as lotions, shampoos, and creams and these can be used at home without any hassle. It is necessary for the women who are pregnant or breastfeed their babies to take suggestions from a renowned doctor about the risk-free products.

HOW DO WE GET LICE?

In the majority of cases, head lice is passed with head to head contact. A smaller number of cases are passed through brushes and combs and sharing hats. Lice don’t like to leave their food supply unless a warm head is waiting for them.

DOES GETTING HEAD LICE MEAN I’M DIRTY?

Head lice actually prefer clean hair! It’s more difficult for them to lay eggs on greasy or dirty hair.