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ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When you encounter head lice for the first time, it makes sense to have a lot of questions. These answers may help you focus on what you need to do and what you don’t need to worry about.

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What are head lice? What do lice look like?

Head lice are 6-legged, grayish-white insects about the size of a sesame seed. They’re parasites that live on the human head and feed on blood.2 Visit the Head Lice Image Gallery.

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Should I call the doctor if I suspect head lice?

If you think your child has head lice, consider talking with your healthcare provider to confirm the diagnosis and get advice on appropriate treatment options.

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What are nits?

Nits are head lice eggs. Female lice lay nits on hair shafts and a cement-like substance holds them in place. They take about 8 to 9 days to hatch. Once nits hatch, they leave their shells behind. These shells are also called nits.2 You can see why nits are sometimes misidentified as dandruff here.

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How can you tell if you have head lice?

Though the most common head lice symptom is an itchy scalp, only people who are allergic to head lice saliva experience this. Some people feel a tickling sensation, as if something is moving in their hair. Others may have difficulty sleeping, as lice are most active in the dark.2 To see what head lice look like, visit our Head Lice Image Gallery. And remember, receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare professional is important.

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How do I check my child for head lice and nits?

You may want to start by checking behind your child’s ears and/or at the back of their neck, but lice and nits can also be elsewhere on the scalp and in the hair.2 If you spot even a single louse, your child has an infestation and needs to be treated for head lice. Learn more about how to check for head lice.

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How can I tell if it's head lice or dandruff?

Sometimes a head lice nit (egg) may be mistaken for dandruff because of its size and color. While dandruff can easily be plucked off the hair shaft with your fingers, a nit will stay put.2 See pictures of head lice nits vs dandruff.

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How does someone get head lice?

Head lice typically spread through head-to-head contact with an infested person. It's also possible to get head lice by using an infested person’s comb, brush, hat, scarf, bandana, hair band, etc—basically anything they put on their head. Lice don’t jump, hop, or fly from person to person; they travel through direct contact.2

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Can selfies spread head lice?

Any head-to-head contact with an infested person can spread head lice. Remember, head lice crawl quickly, so even brief contact gives them enough time to move from one person to another.2

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What about head lice and pets?

Head lice do not infest pets, and pets do not spread head lice.2

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Do head lice fly or jump from person to person?

Head lice cannot fly (they don’t have wings) or jump. They crawl very quickly.2 They can also be projected from the head as a result of static buildup from brushing dry hair.3

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What’s the life cycle of a head louse?

An adult female louse lays an egg (called a nit) on a hair shaft. The head lice incubation period is about 8 or 9 days, at which point the nit hatches, and a nymph emerges. The nymph becomes an adult louse in about 7 days. The adult louse can live as long as 30 days on its human host.2 To learn more about the head louse life cycle, visit our Head Lice Image Gallery.

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How long can head lice live in a mattress, pillowcase, or other bedding?

Head lice can typically live only about 2 days away from a human host, because they need blood as a food source to survive.2

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Should I use an insect spray to treat furniture, rugs, or anything else that may have come in contact with an infested head?

Do not use pest sprays or fogs in the house. They are not needed and can be harmful if they’re inhaled or get on the skin. Here’s what you can do: identify items used by anyone who has head lice, such as pillows, bedding, towels, hats, helmets, scarves, clothes, and stuffed animals. Machine-wash appropriate items in hot water, and tumble-dry on high heat for 20 minutes. If an item can’t be washed, seal it in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.4 Make sure you talk with your doctor about head lice treatment.

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Who gets head lice?

Head lice infest children from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter how clean your hair or home is or where you live, go to school, or play. Head lice most commonly spread through direct, head-to-head contact with someone who has them.2

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Do head lice transmit diseases?

Head lice do not transmit diseases, though scratching may increase the possibility of secondary skin infections.2

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Do home remedies get rid of head lice?

There's not clear scientific evidence that says home remedies work. The last thing you want to do is let head lice linger. So it may be best to consult your doctor for a treatment recommendation.5

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Does chlorine (from a swimming pool) kill head lice?

Chlorine does not kill head lice. In fact, head lice can hold their breath for several hours.2 To treat head lice effectively, talk with your doctor about appropriate treatment options. Your doctor may recommend a prescription head lice treatment that’s been shown to work in clinical studies.

If the doctor confirms head lice, ask about FDA-approved Sklice Lotion—a 10-minute treatment for patients as young as 6 months old.6

References: 1. Data on file. Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frequently asked questions (FAQs). http://cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen-info/faqs.html. Accessed May 31, 2016. 3. Patient. Checking for head lice. http://patient.info/health/checking-for-head-lice. Accessed June 1, 2016. 4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention & control. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head-prevent.html. Accessed May 31, 2016. 5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs). http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen-info/faqs_treat.html. Accessed May 31, 2016. 6. Sklice Lotion [package insert].

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

To prevent accidental ingestion, adult supervision is required for pediatric application. Avoid contact with eyes.

The most common side effects from Sklice Lotion include eye redness or soreness, eye irritation, dandruff, dry skin, and burning sensation of the skin.

Talk with your doctor if you or your child have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

To prevent accidental ingestion, adult supervision is required for pediatric application. Avoid contact with eyes.

The most common side effects from Sklice Lotion include eye redness or soreness, eye irritation, dandruff, dry skin, and burning sensation of the skin.

Talk with your doctor if you or your child have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


INDICATION:

Sklice Lotion is a prescription medication for topical use on the hair and scalp only, for treatment of head lice in people 6 months of age and older.


ADJUNCTIVE MEASURES:

Sklice Lotion should be used in the context of an overall lice management program:

  • Wash (in hot water) or dry-clean all recently worn clothing, hats, used bedding, and towels.
  • Wash personal care items such as combs, brushes, and hair clips in hot water.

A fine-tooth comb or special nit comb may be used to remove dead lice and nits.


BEFORE USING SKLICE LOTION, TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD:

  • have any skin conditions or sensitivities
  • have any other medical conditions
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Sklice Lotion can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Sklice Lotion passes into your breast milk.

Please see the full Prescribing Information for Sklice Lotion.