Head Lice Signs

 

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Head Lice Signs
Head lice (nits) are a common problem for many families - certainly those with younger children between 3 and 12 years old. However head lice can infect anyone of any age and once someone is infected they may show a variety of signs. We all can react differently to nits as some may be more allergic than others. It is possible for people to show no signs of head lice and therefore they go about their normal business unknowingly affecting and exposing others. If you cannot feel or see nits then it does make it difficult to know when you are in need of treatment. Below we detail what head lice are, the telling signs of an infestation, which treatments may help and what can be done to prevent them.

What are the signs of Head Lice?
It is a common myth that head lice only infest dirty hair and therefore can be embarrassing for people to admit that have them. However, head lice will infest clean or dirty hair and having head lice is no reflection of poor personal hygiene or lower social status. Regularly washing and grooming your hair may allow you to spot the signs earlier though so this should be encouraged. Head lice are small ectoparasitic insects that live and feed on the human scalp. They have no wings and cannot hop or jump like fleas, so they crawl through and cling to hair to get around. Therefore, catching head lice from someone else is possible if you have prolonged head to head contact or if you share infected items of clothing or accessories used on the head. In addition to head to head contact, hair-brushes, scarves, hats, helmets and pillows are just a handful of other ways head lice can be transported from one head to another.

First Signs of Head Lice
The hair louse spends its entire lifecycle on the head (nit/egg, nymph and adult) and confirmation of live adult lice is one of the signs that treatment is necessary. Head lice feed by piercing the skin and sucking blood. The female adult louse then mates, lays eggs and attaches them to the base of hair shafts (close to the scalp) with cement-like saliva. The saliva is so strong that normal hair shampoos and brushing do not dislodge them from the hair. To detect and remove head lice a metal nit comb (or detection comb) should be used. Head lice combs have close packed fine teeth that make it easier to draw and extract head lice from the hair.

Signs of Head Lice

what are the signs of head lice?
 
Symptoms and signs of Head Lice
Some of the signs of head lice include the appearance of small white specs - similar to dandruff. As they are so small, a close inspection can take place to see if the white specs move or are stationary. These signs could be dry flaky skin or they could be eggs/nits or nymphs. If you part the hair and find that shampooing isn't removing them, they may well be lice eggs. Other common signs are feeling a tickling sensation as the head lice move around or simply seeing them in your hair or on clothing. Clothing and skin can also sometimes show small brown marks - the result of blood from bites or louse excrement. This excrement can also lead to rashes. Other signs may include small red bumps - often found around the ears and the back of the neck. These small red bumps are where the lice have been biting the skin and feeding. Not everyone will find the bites itchy, but some are allergic to the saliva and will experience different levels of itchiness. Bites should not be itched as it can lead to further infection and sores.
 

 

 

Treat early signs of Head Lice
If you have confirmed that you are suffering from head lice, treatment can be sought in the form of lotions, creams, shampoos or sprays. There are products made from natural ingredients and also stronger solutions which contain insecticides and other lice killing chemicals. Not all nit products are suitable for young children, babies or women who are breast feeding or pregnant, so if this is the case you may wish to consult a doctor. Preventing the spread is very important, as is notifying anyone that you may have exposed to the lice (family, friends, other pupils, etc). The signs of nits can cause stress, discomfort and upset. Learning about the signs, how they are caught and how they are avoided should be made clear to who are at risk, so please navigate round our site for more information.

Thousands of people search to find out about different types of louse 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 louse related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by the louse parasite 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 crabs you should seek medical advice so they cannot infect others.

Signs of Head Lice

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