Is Southlake seeing a “massive outbreak” of head lice?
Officials of a children’s salon warned of one in an e-mail that also touted the salon’s organic shampoo line as a preventive treatment.
But most campuses in the Southlake-based Carroll school district have had no cases or few cases of lice this fall, spokeswoman Julie Thannum said.
One school, Carroll Elementary, has had 16 cases reported among its 600 students. Parents were notified by letter in early September, Thannum said.
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Officials at Sweet & Sassy, a Town Square salon and spa for girls ages 5 to 11, say they have noticed one to two cases of head lice a day, said Lisa Gail Barnes, a public relations specialist for the company. She warned of an outbreak in an e-mail Tuesday to the Star-Telegram news media with the subject line “Lice-Styles of the Rich and Famous.”
She also mentioned the organic shampoo line the salon has added.
The salon’s warning was the topic of at least one area television report Tuesday night.
Lice are commonly treated with a special shampoo available at most drugstores. The lice do not transmit disease and are not considered a health hazard, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials at Tarrant County Public Health have received no reports of increased cases of head lice in the area, spokeswoman Vanassa Joseph said.
Lice are parasitic insects that can be found on people’s head, eyebrows and eyelashes. They crawl; they can’t jump or fly. They feed on human blood.
Treatment: Over-the-counter and prescription medications can be used to treat lice infestations. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Symptoms can include tickling or the sensation of something moving in the hair; irritability and sleeplessness; sores caused by scratching that can become infected by bacteria normally found on a person’s skin.
To prevent lice: - Avoid head-to-head contact, such as during play and sports.- Do not share clothes such as hats, sports uniforms and hair ribbons.- nDo not share combs, brushes or towels.Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov