Head Lice Help
In the United States, infestation with head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) is most common among preschool- and elementary school-age children and their household members and caretakers. Head lice are not known to transmit disease; however, secondary bacterial infection of the skin resulting from scratching can occur with any lice infestation.
Getting head lice is not related to cleanliness of the person or his or her environment.
Head lice are mainly spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. The most common way to get head lice is by head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. Such contact can be common among children during play at school, home or other places such as sporting activities or slumber parties.
Uncommonly transmission can occur by:
Below are links to an informational slideshow and a printable pamphlet. These materials will assist you with the identification, management, and treatment of head lice. Please take the confidential survey after you have viewed the materials.