Saturday, May 10, 2008

Biggest Peace Corps' Fear - Renewed

O! My poor hair.

A former PC Volunteer, currently teaching in Shaktoolik, struck the fear of head lice into me with a story about another PC Volunteer who had to shave her head after contracting a horrific case of head lice.

Here's what I found:
  • A single head lice is a louse and a louse egg is a nit
  • A louse takes 7 days to mature and can lay 8 eggs a night
  • Scalp irritation ranges from mild to severe
  • Head lice feed on blood every 4 to 6 hours
  • Wetting your head prior to treatments temporarily stuns a louse
  • Treatment should continue for 2 weeks and be combined with a special nit comb

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