Stop nit-picking about headlice and head straight for your pharmacy for treatment to zap the varmits!
The successful Greater Glasgow scheme has now been extended to 33 chemists throughout Clyde.
Rather than go to your GP, local pharmacists can now prescribe and dispense head lice lotions, provided head lice are known to be present. This service is free to most people.
This is the most effective way of clearing head lice, the small, wingless insects which are about the size of a sesame seed.
Liz Grant, Public Health Pharmacist and Project Co-ordinator with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:
“There are no social barriers to catching head lice. Poor or affluent, clean or dirty, everyone can catch them, whatever the person’s age, hair colour or hair style.
“Contrary to popular belief they do not jump, hop or fly, and are only spread by direct head-to-heard contact.”
If anyone suspects that they have head lice they should take a sample attached to a piece of paper to one of the participating pharmacies.
Checks can be made at home by washing the hair and using a head lice comb, free from pharmacies, while the hair is wet.
Hair should be combed from the roots, with the neck and ears closely scrutinised.
If head lice are there they will either fall out or get caught in the comb.
The pharmacist or trained assistant will discuss treatment options, and if the person is still at school or nursery, then staff should be informed.
If there are no living, moving lice on the scalp, then you do not have head lice.
Nits may be found, but they are empty egg cases left when head lice hatch, and these can only be removed by hand or combing.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.