Protection Gets More & More Important: Comeback of a Parasite
The Life of a Louse
Head lice do not fly or jump; instead they are transmitted when an infested person comes into close contact with someone else. Transmission commonly takes place among children at play, while at school, home or during outdoor activities. The transfer is optimal to hairs that are parallel and slow-moving relative to the infested hair. Adult lice are more often transferred than the other two development stages and have short lives after being removed from the host. Whether people can become infected by inanimate objects like coats, bedding, towels, and upholstered furniture is a topic of controversy.
We Protect You: How can Repellents Help to Control Lice Infestations
While repellents are globally used for protection against biting insects, the use for head lice protection is established only in Europe and Mexico. If cases are detected in these countries, products with a repellent active like IR3535® can be used to protect children against infestations and to avoid re-infestation after anti-lice treatment.
Repellent formulations should be applied close to the scalp, behind ears, on the neck and directly onto hair. Products must be left on the affected areas in order to be effective (“leave-on” products). The effective and safe use of these products is essential.