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These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.

The BAD shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information published, and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility for costs, losses, or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BAD.

The BAD has also prepared a limited number of translations of its PILs.

Displaying item Head lice

Head lice are common. They are small (adult lice are 3 - 4 mm long) greyish parasitic insects that live only on human scalps. They cannot fly, or jump, or burrow into the scalp, but their six legs are perfectly adapted for clinging firmly onto scalp hairs. Their presence does not imply a lack of cleanliness.

Head lice are usually picked up from someone who has them by head-to-head contact; it takes about 30 seconds for a louse to transfer from one scalp to another.

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