Tip #1: Avoid head-to-head contact. The easiest way for lice to spread from one person to another is through direct contact.
Tip #2: Don’t share clothing or personal items. Do not share personal belongings such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, towels, or other items that may have come into contact with their hair
Tip #3: Clean to control the spread. Items that have come into contact with a person infested with head lice should be machine washed in hot water (130° F) and dried in the dryer on a high heat setting. Such items include clothing, bed linens, and stuffed animals. Items that cannot be washed can be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks. Combs and brushes that have been used by an infested person should be soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
If you have any additional questions, please call the Marquette University Medical Clinic at (414) 288-7184 and ask to speak with a nurse.