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Lice and Lice Eggs
Lice eggs are also known as 'nits' and, like adult lice, they need to be killed and cleared as soon as possible. They can range in colour, depending on if they are still carrying embryos or if they are empty/dead or hatched. Lice eggs are laid by the female louse and these eggs are attached to hair with sticky and strong saliva. The eggs themselves are usually found at the base of the hair shaft, near to the scalp as this is where the most heat is (and ideal environment for the eggs to hatch). Lice eggs are tiny (less than 1 millimeter) and very difficult to view without the right equipment and know-how. For the best lice treatments and products, navigate back to our Index!

Lice Eggs and Nits
Dandruff and dry flaky skin can sometimes be mistaken for lice eggs, certainly if there is an outbreak in the community (and everyone begins to panic). However, the difference is that both dandruff and flaky skin will disappear/come off of the skin if washed with the appropriate every day shampoo. Another neat trick is to use a hair dryer to powerfully blow the scalp, as this will remove any skin or dandruff (but not eggs). Lice eggs will not fall out of the hair or be washed out by everyday shampoo products - they require specially formulated lice products which contain insecticides (water based or alcohol based) or fine toothed nit combs. There are also lotions and creams available that you can buy over the counter to get rid of lice and their eggs.

What do Lice Eggs look like?
Lice eggs are so small; it may be difficult to see them unless you have very good eyesight. Ranging between 0.3 and 0.8 mm, they can be white, yellow or brown and are oval shaped. They are usually found within 6 mm of the scalp, stuck to the hair follicle. There could be three types of eggs found in the scalp and these are live, dead and hatched eggs. The live ones (still carrying an embryo) will be oval shaped and brown in color, the hatched ones will usually be oval shaped but with the top (operculum) missing, where the eggs have broken out and white or yellow in color. Dead eggs are normally brown in colour and will appear collapsed at the sides (deflated). A good tip is to check if they are alive by pinching them with the finger tips - if they pop, then they are likely to have been alive.

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Head Lice Eggs
If you are concerned that you or your children have nits, then you should perform a thorough check of the hair and scalp. This may be easier if you are in a well lit room, with a magnifying glass and a lice comb (which can be bought from most pharmacies). Begin by parting the hair in sections and checking the scalp, around the neck and behind the ears. Wash the hair well and towel dry so its still damp then apply a little conditioner and comb the hair with an ordinary comb (removing any tangles/knots). Using the comb, start at the scalp and draw the comb along the complete length of the hair then check the comb for any eggs or lice. Wiping the comb on a paper towel may help. Repeat this throughout the whole head, taking at least 15 minutes to ensure it's done properly. If any eggs or lice are found, seek advice on which product would be best to kill them.



How to Kill Lice Eggs
Lice eggs take around 1-2 weeks to hatch which is why most lotions and creams are used in two stages. The first will kill any live lice, so no further new eggs can be laid, then the second application will target any newly hatched eggs a week or so later. This should then kill all lice on the head. Although lice need to be on a host to survive (feeding on blood), it may also be worth washing any bedding and clothing that the lice/eggs may have moved on to. Clean hair brushes and any hats so that there's less chance of the eggs and lice returning. If your child has nits, check the entire family and also alert the school and any other clubs and friends they may have been in close contact with. Lice eggs are found in all types of hair - clean and dirty. There is nothing to be embarrassed about - but they should be cleared as quickly as possible to avoid further spread.

Thousands of people search to find out about different types of parasites, their eggs and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by these parasites and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have pubic-lice you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread or infect others.

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