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Head Lice

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

If you look closely at the scalp, you will see small, whitish eggs (nits) firmly cemented to the hair shaft—especially at the nape of the neck, and behind the ears. Although these eggs look like dandruff, dandruff can be easily removed whereas the eggs cannot.

There are several safe, non-prescription products available at the local drug store to treat lice. If your child has previously been treated for lice you should contact your health care provider for treatment recommendations.

Some lice treatments may be covered by the Kentucky Medicaid Program. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information concerning currently covered treatments.

Clothing should be sterilized (including underwear and pajamas) and bedding (sheets, blankets, pillowcases) also. Washing these articles in hot water (130F), dry cleaning or using the dryer to dry will kill the lice and their eggs. Thoroughly wash all combs and brushes in hot water to prevent reinfection.


Checklist for Lice Removal

Home · WebMaster · Madison County Health Department · 216 Boggs Lane · Richmond, KY 40475 · 859-623-7312 ·

After Hours, for Public Health and Environmental Emergencies Only, call 859-623-7312, option 8