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How to treat head lice

February 2013

If your child comes home from school with head lice, anxiety can quickly become full-blown panic. Knowing what to do can help you stay calm and handle the situation with confidence.

This month, you’ll find a video and web pages that teach exactly what you need to know. With these tips, you can find out whether your child has head lice. You’ll also learn how to treat lice effectively at home and discover tips to help prevent another infestation.

Head lice: How to treat (3:04)

What dermatologists tell their patients

You can reduce your child’s risk of getting lice. When other kids have head lice, tell your child to do the following:

  • Stop sharing things that touch the head (hats, earbuds, and the like).
  • Stop hugging and touching other kids’ heads.

Your child won’t have to do these things forever — just until the head lice are gone.

More information about head lice

Head lice: Signs and symptoms

Head lice: Who gets and causes

Head lice: Tips for preventing

In the news

Tattoo regret: Dermatology consult best remedy
More people want to get rid of a tattoo, and a growing number of options are available. To warn people that tattoo removal is not as easy as it often seems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a Consumer Update. In this update, the FDA recommends that people who want to get rid of a tattoo should see a dermatologist. Dermatologists have been removing tattoos for more than 20 years.

The FDA also cautions consumers to avoid tattoo removal creams and other do-it-yourself products. To read this FDA Consumer Update, go to Inked and Regretful: Removing Tattoos.


HIV increases risk for skin cancer
If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV, you should take steps to reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. You also should learn how to find skin cancer early. Findings from a recent study indicate that people who are HIV positive have a much greater risk of developing skin cancer.

You can learn more about this study at Certain Skin Cancers More Common in HIV-Positive People.

Other helpful links:

Academy news

Free skin cancer screenings held nationwide
To help people find skin cancer, the Academy offers free skin cancer screenings. A screening is a non-invasive, visual exam of your skin. Free screenings take place across the United States.

Most free screenings occur during the springtime. If a screening is not currently available in your area, you can sign up for an eAlert. This eAlert automatically sends you an e-mail when a free screening is scheduled within 50 miles of your zip code. To search for a free skin cancer screening, go to Skin cancer screening.


Academy writes to Consumer Reports editor
In the March 2013 issue of Consumer Reports, you’ll find an article about the many types of cancer screenings. In response to this article, the Academy wrote to the editor. In its letter, the Academy noted that it agrees with the statement that skin cancer screenings are important for people who have a higher risk for developing skin cancer.

The Academy along with two other organizations added that everyone should:

  • Learn how to perform a skin self-exam to check for signs of skin cancer.
  • See a dermatologist if any spot on your skin is growing, itching, or bleeding — or changing in any other way.

You can read the letter to Consumer Reports by going to AAD, ASDS, and ACMS respond to Consumer Reports article on cancer screenings.


Growing evidence suggests possible link between diet and acne
Dermatologists recently took another look at diet and acne. Find out what the results from several new studies show. Read more.


New technology could make antioxidants in skin care products more effective
The future looks bright for anti-aging skin care products. To get the best results from these products now and in the future, you need to practice these skin care tips. Read more.


Variety of options available to treat pigmentation problems
Are you bothered by a blotchy complexion or dark spots on your face? Learn how dermatologists treat these safely and effectively. Read more.


Show you care with SPOT™ eCards
This Valentine’s Day, you can show someone how much you care by sending a SPOT Skin Cancer™ eCard. Each eCard includes links to tools that can help someone find skin cancer early. All eCards are free, and you can send eCards to as many people as you like.

By taking a few minutes to send an eCard, you might just save someone’s life. You will find the SPOT Skin Cancer™ eCards at Send an eCard.


Next month – Rosacea: Skin care do’s and don’ts

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