Nit-Nurse FAQs - Are Nits & Head lice the same thing? - Your Nit & Head lice Questions Answered 

How do you treat head lice

How do you catch head lice?

Head lice can be caught through direct head-to-head contact. Head lice cannot jump, swim or fly. Rather, they walk from one head to another. Head lice outbreaks normally occur in places where people are in close contact, such as the family home, schools or hospitals. Head lice can be treated and prevented.

Can I catch head lice from hats, towels or bedding?

Head lice can be spread through shared hats, combs, towels or bed linen. However, this is far less likely than through head-to-head contact. Headlice found away from a human head will quickly dehydrate and die without their regular diet of blood.

Can I catch head lice from my pet?

No. Head lice are human hair parasites. This means the head lice can only survive on humans. Head lice cannot be caught from any animals.

Is it only children who can catch head lice?

No. Head lice attack at any age – all you need is some hair for the head lice to cling to! Children of school age often suffer headlice outbreaks more than any other age group because they tend to work and play close together. Girls love to dress up, do each others hair and have sleepovers, making them particularly susceptible to contracting head lice.

Do head lice prefer dirty hair or clean hair?

It is a common myth that a head lice infestation signifies poor hygiene. In fact, head lice do not have a preference for clean or dirty hair. However, excessive shampooing removes the natural oils that build up around the hair and can make it far easier for the headlice to attach to the hair shaft.

If I cut my child's hair shorter, will this mean they are less likely to contract head lice and nits ?

Head lice do not discriminate; there is no difference if the head lice's human host has short hair or long hair. However, loose long hair is more likely to come into contact with head lice. Putting your child's hair up in a ponytail or plaiting it may prove helpful when trying to prevent a head lice infestation.

What is the difference between head lice and nits?

Nits are the eggs deposited by a female head lice and are glued firmly to the base of the hair shaft, close to the scalp where it is humid enough for the nits to develop properly. After seven days, an immature head louse (nymph) will emerge from the nit. After shedding their skin (moulting) three times, head lice nymphs become sexually mature adult head lice.

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Do I need a nit comb to remove nits and head lice?

To get rid of head lice, many head lice treatments recommend the use of a nit comb to separate nits from the hair. Nit combs are used to comb each individual strand of hair, pulling the nit along the length of the hair to remove it. But if you miss just one egg, this may hatch and result in a headlice re-infestation. Nit-Nurse head lice treatment is specially formulated to break down nit egg glue on contact, helping to detach the nits and greatly reducing the time it takes to comb nits out and stop the head lice infestation.

How can I tell if my child has head lice?

Often the first sign of head lice is itching and scratching the head. However, the itching may be due to another cause so to be sure, you need to detect the presence of head lice. In the case of a head louse infestation, a close examination of the hair and scalp will reveal tiny white eggs (nits) attached to the base of the hair shaft and small brown moving forms (head lice). An alternative method for checking for head lice is regular 'detection combing'. This involves combing wet hair coated thoroughly in hair conditioner in sections from root to tip, using a special fine-toothed comb which will capture the nits and head lice. After each stroke, check the teeth of the comb – if headlice are present, you should find one on the teeth of the comb.

I've found them – how do I get rid of head lice?

There are many head lice treatments on the market today. However, many of these products contain toxic chemicals that are potentially harmful. Nit-Nurse is an advanced alternative to these toxic head lice products and uses natural plant oils and extracts for a safe and effective headlice treatment. Order Nit-Nurse today to eliminate head lice fast. Simply massage Nit-Nurse through dry hair, comb hair using the special nit comb provided to remove head lice and nits, and rinse out. Nit-Nurse works to get rid of head lice in 10 minutes, but Nit-Nurse is mild enough to leave in for up to 1 hour.

Can I prevent a future head lice infestation?

Nit-Nurse is an effective head lice treatment and targets both the head lice and the eggs in hair to help prevent re-infestation. But eradicating one infestation does not mean you will not catch head lice again. To prevent a future attack of headlice, check your child's head regularly to identify a head lice infestation early – and treat it quickly (we recommend regular use of our Nit-Nurse Head Lice Repelling Shampoo to naturally repel lice). Ask your child not to share hats, helmets, brushes or hair accessories. If your child will be staying away from home, pack their own pillows and towels to decrease the risk of head lice infestation. If you do detect head lice, order Nit-Nurse head lice treatment before 4pm for next-day delivery. Nit-Nurse is also safe to use in place of your regular shampoo to help prevent future head lice attacks.

Is Nit-Nurse safe to use if I have asthma, eczema or sensitive skin?

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Nit-Nurse is 100% toxin free. Its unique blend of natural essential oils and plant extracts means Nit-Nurse provides a safe, low-allergy alternative to many of the chemical-based nit lotions, nit mousses, nit shampoos and scalp lotions available today. This makes Nit-Nurse an ideal and effective head lice remedy for people with asthma, eczema and sensitive skin.


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