I Just Couldn’t Resist the Ad

I’ve seen enough ads in my life to ignore pretty much all of them. Even when I have things to stop ads from appearing, they still show up and I don’t pay them any attention. On my computer, television, or phone, it makes me no difference. Well, this true for the most part. One ad managed to slip into my mind. It was a click here ad for a procedure that uses cold temperatures to get rid of fat. I really didn’t understand it much at the time, but as I looked at the ad, it started to get to me, and I clicked on it, which was a rare thing. I hadn’t clicked on an ad in so many years, ever since I first got the Internet.

I have to admit that the ad was pretty effective in getting its message across. It actually made me want to have the procedure done. Continue reading

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Facts About Head Lice and the Chemicals That Treat Them

Head lice are parasitic sick little creatures that live on the head and in the hair of humans. Their relatives live ahem, down south and look more like sea creatures than body creatures. They’re nasty and if your child comes home with them, until you clear them up, your child will not be able to attend school. Here are a few facts about head lice from the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE):

A louse is a parasitic insect that lives in the hair and scalp of humans
The scientific name for head louse is Pediculus humanus capitis.
Another name for infestation is pediculosis
Head lice develop in three forms: nits, nymphs, and adults
Nits: Nits are head lice eggs. They are hard to see and are often mistaken for dandruff or droplets of hairspray. Nits are found firmly attached to the hair shaft. They are oval and usually yellow to white. Nits take about 1 week to hatch
Nymphs: Nits hatch into nymphs. Nymphs are immature adult head lice. Nymphs mature into adults about 7 days after hatching. To live, nymphs must feed on blood.
Adults: An adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed, has six legs, and is tan to greyish- white. In persons with dark hair, adult lice will look darker. Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person’s head. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood. If a louse falls off a person, it dies within 2 days

Most Common Treatments

The most common treatments are available at any drug store, but they contain harsh insecticides. While they say controlled use is not harmful for topical use, who really wants to put these harsh chemicals on their skin or scalp? And these chemicals, quite frankly, stink!

Cautions Regarding These Chemical Treatments

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use head-lice medications
Consult a health-care provider before using lice-killing products on a person who has allergies, asthma, or other medical conditions
Do not use extra amounts of lice-killing medicines
Do not use lice-killing medicines on the eyebrows or eyelashes

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Head Lice Facts – An Amazing Look at the Life Cycle of the Louse

The few head lice facts most of us know of is that these tiny creatures have the ability to completely take over an entire household in just a few weeks time, and once this happens, they are incredibly difficult to remove, although certainly not impossible.

The head louse, or Pediculus humanis capitis, is a parasite that only feeds on humans, which means you won’t have to worry about any of the family pets getting or transmitting lice. Lice will feed on human blood from the scalp several times each day and will stay close by in order to maintain their body temperature.

Other head lice facts you should know that will help to control or avoid an infestation are its life cycle, which is broken down into three stages; egg or nit, nymph, and adult. Lice nits are incredibly difficult to see and very small averaging a mere 0.8 mm by 0.3 mm. Nits are most usually a yellowish color and are oval shaped. You will find them located near the base of the hair shafts nearest the scalp.

Within about a week, the nits will hatch and release what is known as the nymph or young adult. After hatching, the nit’s shell will remain attached to the hair and become more noticeable in color. The nymph will go through three stages of molting before maturing into adult head lice. This process also takes about a week on average to complete.

The adult louse, slightly larger than the nymph or about the size of a sesame seed, will have a total of six legs, each of which with their own set of claws for grabbing onto the hairs and for crawling over the scalp. Lice do not have wings and cannot hop. They are most often transmitted from one person to the next by head-to-head contact or through sharing clothing, hats, combs, brushes, or hair accessories.

Some other fascinating head lice facts related to their interesting life cycle include the female’s amazing ability to lay as many as eight nits each day. The female adult louse will usually be a bit larger than her male counterpart and adult lice are able to live for as long as 30 days while on their human host. Without access to blood from the host, most lice will die with a day or two with the hardiest of the bunch possibly surviving for as long as three days.

Other head lice facts parents should be familiar with include the important knowledge of how to easily identify the common louse as well as how to deal with an infestation both safely and effectively. Do keep in mind that head lice are no indicator of poor hygiene as they actually prefer clean hair since it is easier to grasp and to crawl through. And, although anyone can get head lice, they mostly affect younger children and females more often than males and definitely prefer Caucasian hair as opposed to African American hair due to its different shape.

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