Thursday, April 15

Lice, the other plague that you have to take into account and that the masks hide


If there is an accessory (or rather a mandatory garment) that accompanies this second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, that is the mask. That essential in our day to day outside the home, in order to protect ourselves and others from a possible contagion by the coronavirus, also includes other inconveniences. “Lice […]Read more…

If there is an accessory (or rather a mandatory garment) that accompanies this second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, that is the mask. That essential in our day to day outside the home, in order to protect ourselves and others from a possible contagion by the coronavirus, also includes other inconveniences. “Lice do not understand covid”, agree Alba García and Marieta Vicario, owners of two businesses in Oviedo and Gijón to eliminate annoying tenants who, even in a pandemic, leave the scalp.

Well, that garment for personal use, which we must use every day when setting foot outside the home, is in intimate contact with our head when placing them by the ears or by the neck, so the Asturian experts in removing lice explain that this new use of masks can favor cases of pediculosis infestation. These dreaded parasites – so common in childhood, although increasingly present in adults and the elderly – can descend through the ears and remain in the tissue that covers the mouth. Lice, as parasites that feed on blood and that reach the host by direct contact between surfaces, since they are not able to fly or jump, they can only crawl on the skin and cling to hair or hair. But if they find the springboard of the mask, the easier it is for them to find a new host.

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What are ‘orphan drugs? Here we tell you “All summer we have been collecting the lice from the confinement”, confirms Alba García. And what lies ahead? “The pharmacy product does nothing more than feed the nits and contaminate the rest of the family,” the experts warn. “And now, in the rubber of the mask, the lice find a new hot zone,” they add. Head lice are the best known type of louse because of their high incidence (up to 15% of all children suffer from them throughout their lives). These lice live, feed, and travel the scalp, laying their eggs, the nits, on the roots of the hair, where they remain attached until they hatch. “Behind the rubber of the masks we find a new source of contagion,” insists Marieta Vicario.

While they are in the head of the host, the parasite travels through the capillary surface to continue with reproduction and feeding, being it possible that they can descend to areas such as the forehead, ears or neck.

The experts recall the importance of washing all the material that may have come into contact (combs, towels, sheets, clothes, hair bands …) at a temperature of 60 degrees or placing them in a bag in the freezer.

“It is clear that the masks are an added garment that from now on we must take into account, however, the action in cases of pediculosis does not differ from how it would be without it,” they continue in their explanations. The care of the mask due to the coronavirus does not vary either and in these cases it is very important that, in addition to being clear about the masks that belong to each member of the family so as not to share them inadvertently, they are machine washed at high temperature, a measure effective for viruses and lice, as they cannot survive that way.

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