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Can head lice infest your clothing and bedding?

Eliminating lice from your hair with Elimax® is one thing, but can they crawl into your clothing and bedding? And should it all be washed?

Head lice only survive on your scalp

Head lice are found only in human hair. They feed on blood every 3 to 4 hours and need to be in a moist environment at a temperature of about 30°C. Anywhere else and they survive for no more than 24 hours, or 48 at most.

What should I clean?

Lice and nits are incapable of jumping: they can only crawl from hair to hair. So are there any particular items that should be cleaned?

It is best to clean the combs, hairbrushes and towels that were used in the course of the treatment. There is no real need to clean anything else. Then again, would you rather be safe than sorry? Check that stray hairs have been removed from hats, caps, hair elastics, pillows and cuddly toys. Anything you can’t wash can be placed in a sealed plastic bag and kept in a cold environment for 48 hours.

Elimax® kills nits and head lice and keeps new infestations at bay. Available from your pharmacist.

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