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Head lice cases cropping up with colder temperatures

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With colder temperatures, kids are starting to wear hats and scarves, which means you’re more likely to hear about cases of head lice at school.

It may be an average year for lice, but that still means some of us in Mid-Michigan are dealing with it.

"It's pretty status quo as far as head lice numbers go," John Winden said.

Winden is a lice expert with the Saginaw County Department of Public Health.

"Avoiding direct head to head contact that's the big one. Lice don't jump or fly. They crawl at a very slow rate so having that direct contact is most often how the lice is spread," Winden said.

Winden said not sharing hats and other personal items is also a good idea.

How will you know if you might have lice?

"Itching, irritation, thinks like that. And because of that it may make you not be able to sleep at night,” Winden said. “And also if it's a very young child and they're not able to explain that may be one of the symptoms as well."

Winden said if you or a family member get lice it is very important to seek treatment.

"As long as they have a viable host they can survive. So without some form of treatment chances are they would stay," Winden said.

He said to do a lot of combing with a lice comb, combing the hair section by section to remove any lice that are present.

Winden said chemical treatments are another good option.

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