HEAD LICE TIPS Head lice are a common problem in school. The following tips are meant to be helpful for parents working to get rid of lice. What are you looking for? Lice are grayish-white sometimes with dark margins, diamond shaped, and the size of a sesame seed. They are found in the hair and on the scalp. Lice eggs, called nits, are translucent, silvery-white oval specks firmly attached (cemented) to the hair shaft, not the scalp. They may appear as dandruff (in blond hair they may appear as sand), but can not be brushed or shaken off the hair. Most often nits are found around the ears, nape of neck, in braids, or around barrettes. However, live nits may be found throughout the hair and at any length. People with lice may complain of itching that gets worse as the infestation increases. How are lice spread? Lice are most commonly spread by head to head contact or by sharing combs, brushes, hats and helmets. Lice crawl quickly. Lice do not jump, hop or fly. Lice are not a result of poor hygiene. Lice favor a clean head. A louse lays about six eggs a day. The eggs (nits) hatch in 8-10 days and it takes another 8-10 days for the louse to mature enough to lay eggs of its own. A louse lives for about 30 days. Lice require a blood meal from the scalp to live. Lice can live off a human scalp for 24-36 hours (longer in very warm and humid climates). Nits need a human blood meal within 45 minutes of hatching to survive. Lice are not spread to pets.
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- Head louse, Comb, Pediculosis, dry hair, Louse