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Head Lice and Scabies Treatments

We stock safe and effective treatments for head lice and scabies at reasonable prices with free delivery for orders over £40. Our treatments are prescription-free with no consultation needed and discreet, fast and easy service for all your needs.

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Head lice


Head lice are tiny insects that feed on blood from the human scalp. They lay eggs, referred to as nits, and are very easy to pass along through hair-to-hair contact. They are very common in young children and their families, and can make your head feel itchy or like something is moving in your hair.

Head lice don’t carry bacterial or viral infectious diseases, and can be treated by over-the-counter or prescription medication.


Scabies


Scabies is a common skin condition that is very contagious, caused by tiny mites called Scaroptes scabiei burrowing into your skin and laying their eggs.

The main symptom of scabies is a very itchy rash, often starting between the fingers. The rash may spread and turn into tiny spots.

It can actually take from 4 to 6 weeks for the skin to react to a scabies infestation if this is the first time it has happened.

Scabies might be less visible on darker skin tones, and the rash may leave dark spots on the skin. On darker skin this may look brown or black.


What causes head lice?


Head lice have nothing to do with dirty hair or poor hygiene, and are picked up by head-to-head contact. This often happens through children hugging or putting their heads together whilst sad beside one another, or by sharing hats, caps, hair ties, scarves, or any personal items like combs or brushes.


What causes scabies?


Scabies is typically spread through prolonged skin-to-skin contact, giving the mites the chance to crawl from one person to another. They can also be spread through sharing personal items such as towels or bedding, or even clothes.
Scabies are, however, unlikely to spread through contact such as a quick handshake or a hug. Scabies mites cannot jump or fly, so they have to crawl very slowly.


What does lice look like?


Head lice are small insects that can grow up to 3mm long, about the size of a sesame seed. Their eggs (nits) are brown, or white when they are empty shells, and will be attached to the hair. The nits may be mistaken for dandruff or residue from hair products.

On light hair, it’s been seen that lice tends to look lighter and sandy-coloured. But on darker hair, lice may also look dark.

When looking for lice, you are most likely to find them at the back of your neck or behind your ears. Nits will be round or oval specks that are tightly stuck to hairs near your scalp.


What do scabies look like?


Most people with scabies will carry from 10 to 15 mites, and each mite is less than half a millimeter long, so they can be very difficult to spot. To the naked eye, they may look like tiny black dots on the skin.

In its early stages, scabies may be mistaken for other skin conditions because the rash may look similar, for example to acne or bites from other insects such as mosquitos. What differentiates scabies is the itching it causes.

The scabies rash often looks like:

  • Blisters or pimples—clusters of pink, raised bumps with a clear top filled with fluid
  • Grey or white lines on your skin when 10 to 25 eggs are laid at a time by mites
  • Red bumps
  • Red, scaly patches on your skin
  • Sores on the skin caused by scratching

Scabies can appear anywhere on the body, but some common spots where they may occur are:

  • Between the fingers
  • The folds of the wrist, elbow or knee
  • Around the waistline and navel
  • On the breasts or genitals
  • The head, neck, face, palms, and soles in very young children


What happens if I leave head lice without treating?


There are many remedies available for head lice, and it’s rarely treated as a serious problem due to the fact that lice don’t carry any harmful bacteria or viruses, so there’s nothing particularly deadly about a head lice infestation, as unpleasant as it may otherwise be.

As well as being very itchy and irritable, untreated head lice may degrade the scalp and affect its health, as well as the health of your hair. If the hair follicles become blocked then hair loss may occur.


How fast can a head lice infestation grow?


A female adult louse only needs to mate once in order to lay up to 10 eggs every day for the 30 days of her lifetime, so each louse can lay up to 300 eggs in total! That’s how quickly an infestation can spin out of control in just a month. And even if the lice die off, the infestation will continue if not treated and will never die off on its own.


Should I see my GP about head lice or scabies?


You can treat head lice without seeing a doctor, but you should treat head lice as soon as you spot them.

If you believe you have scabies, it’s best to treat it as soon as possible. While not usually serious, it can become worse over time, especially if you have a weakened immune system, are older, or are disabled.

You can get scabies treatments over-the-counter, usually in the form of a lotion or cream.

Everyone in your household should also be treated for scabies since it is infectious but can take weeks to show symptoms. Anyone you have had sexual contact with in the past 8 weeks should also be treated.