Head Lice

There is now no need to go to your doctor for a prescription for head lice treatment. The same service is now available from Lloyds Pharmacy of 176 Main Street, Barrhead.  If you suspect that a family member(s) has head lice, first pop into the Pharmacy, collect a FREE special detector comb and follow the simple instructions in the leaflet you will be given, which tells you how to collect samples and bring them to the pharmacy.  All family members should be checked at the same time.

If you do not find living, moving lice on the scalp, you do not have head lice and you do not need treatment, even if nits are stuck to the hair shafts. Nits are not head lice, only empty shells.  On returning to the Pharmacy the pharmacist or trained assistant will check the sample and if it is positive for head lice, supply treatment and advice. If the patient is exempt from NHS prescription charges, no charge will be made; otherwise a standard NHS prescription charge applies.

REMEMBER The best way to stop infection is to comb the hair well twice a day with an ordinary comb and check damp hair at least once a week.