One Step Ahead of Head Lice

Preventing Lice 

Head LiceHead lice are tiny parasitic bugs that live on people’s heads and can cause intense itching. The bugs are seen mostly in child-care settings and among school-aged children. It doesn’t matter how clean your child’s hair or your home may be or where children and families live, play, or work. Head lice are very contagious. They spread from person to person by close body contact, and by shared clothes and other personal items. These can include things such as hats, hairbrushes, and combs. You can help prevent head lice by:

  • Avoiding close physical contact with someone who has lice
  • Encouraging your child not to share hats, combs, brushes,
    towels, or other personal items
  • Washing bed sheets, blankets, and other personal items to prevent lice from infesting other people

Stop the Itch with MyChart E-Visits

Head lice is one of several approved conditions that can be treated during a MyChart e-visit. If your primary care provider is at one of the offices providing e-visits, log into MyChart and select Get Medical Advice under the Messaging tab.

After completing a questionnaire regarding your symptoms, within one business day a provider will assess your condition, provide treatment options, and if needed, send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.

Providers using e-visits will charge a $35 out-of-pocket fee per visit. To learn more visit www.lakelandhealth.org/evisit

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