OES Lice Survival Guide

by Karina H.

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So the couches* are closed and we all know why. An unusual increase in head lice has swept the Upper School. Kara and Nurse Elaine’s emails warned us about the nasty little creatures and we freaked out heeded their warnings. Maybe you talked to your friends about what happens when you get lice. You said things like, “You have to shave your head!” or “Should I throw away all my bedding?” As you talked, your head itched. As you read this, your head itches. Mine does.

I googled lice (I’d advise you to not look at the photos) because I wanted to know how to protect myself (what). Here is what I found:


2014 Edition


  1. Don’t get lice.
    1. Don’t share your clothes, brushes, hairbands, etc. with other people (When lice are around, sharing is not caring).
    2. Lice doesn’t survive long without food, aka. hair. So don’t worry about picking em’ up sitting on the shiny Great Hall floor.
    3. Spray lavender on your head. Apparently lice don’t like that.
  2. Lice is contagious, but you don’t need to avoid it like the plague.
    1. In other words, be aware and take the necessary precautions.
  3. If you’ve been exposed…
    1. Wash your stuff
      1. Lice are killed at 128 ºF (53.5 ºC).
    2. Soak combs and other things that can’t be washed in the machine for 5–10 mins.
    3. Put anything else in sealed plastic bags for 2 weeks.
    4. Use special lice shampoo (you don’t need to shave your head).
    5. Consult a specialist. Nurse Elaine is available in her office located in the girl’s dorm.


Take a breath because you probably don’t have lice. And as Kara reminds us, “This is everyday life in the lower school!”

If you want more information, check out my sources: CDC and wikiHow (haha).

*Why are the couches in the Great Hall closed, but not the MST couches??