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Head Lice : Information on Curing Head Lice

head lice an adult louseHead lice information is required by everybody sooner or later. Head lice occurs in the best of families, in children and in adults. It is not the exclusive domain of the homeless person. So when the school nurse calls it nothing to be shocked about, just get on with the job of curing the outbreak.

Everybody has been in contact with somebody who has had head lice or has head lice themselves. You may have had it when you were little and now you have forgotten it. It does not matter, head lice are a fact of life.  Now how to deal with it is your problem. It is best to do so as quickly as possible. So you need the head lice information available and the information needs to be understandable. You also want the best treatment possible with the minimum damage.

What is Head Lice

You may or may not know that head lice are not like fleas, they are not disease carriers. They are really uncomfortable though since they are small crawling, little parasites in your hair biting into your scalp and feeding on the droplets of blood they get. They do not have wings so they crawl everywhere. Consequently, they are itchy both because of their crawling and because of their biting.   These little critters are very common in children of school going age; especially the age group between 3 to 12. For some reason girls get it more often than boys do. Perhaps it has something to do with hair length. Anyway, school is a hot bed for head lice to run rampant and to spread to new sources.

Head Lice Signs

So how do you know whether you or the kids have head lice? What head lice information do you need? There are a number of signs that you can watch out for. If your kids are in a school setting you should be aware and alert to watching out for head lice so that you can catch it quickly before the whole family, including the dog and cat are infected.

Itching

headlice crawling in the hairA clear sign to investigate is constant head scratching by one of the kids. You may not be able to see these microscopic parasites but the itching will draw attention to their existence. Some kids are not very sensitive to the bites so it may take a number of days before they start with the scratching so you might want to stay in touch with friends and when one of them gets it – check your kids even if they have not yet begun to scratch!

 Nits

Nits are the lice eggs and are small, yellow or tan before they hatch. The hatched shells can be either white or clear. Check on the hair shafts. They can be anywhere on the hair shaft, not headlice nits or eggsnecessarily only close to the scalp. You should be able to see the nits with the naked eye. You might be confusing the nits with dandruff since both are white in color.

Dandruff and Nits

You can differentiate between the two, by brushing the hair. Nits will grip and stick, dandruff will not. Dandruff will be easy to brush out, nits will not. Also, you can run your fingers through the hair and if the round things are hard then they are nits. Dandruff is soft and is barely able to be felt if at all.

Nits are more commonly seen than the actual live insects if the infestation is low. The hatching period is 2 weeks after being laid.

Lice Adults

Baby lice are called lymphs. Both adult lice and nymphs are about the size of sesame seeds and are usually tan in color. Nymphs mature into adults approximately one to two weeks after hatching. A constant heat and food supply are essential for the lice to survive. So if the lice fall off the scalp they will survive up to two days.

Treatment

Now that you have the required head lice information and you are now able to easily find out if your child does or does not have lice, you will need to know how to treat it.

There are a number of options. You can check further information here on this site.    Or you can try calling your local doctor for suggestions.  Or you can get this free e-course -sign up on the right or sign up below. Lastly you could self treat the embarrassing issue – get your products from Amazon below…
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