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What causes head lice in a person?

Human only parasite. You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers. Read more...

Is head lice contagious

Yes. It spreads through contact among classmates or family members. Read more...
Yes. Head lice are easily passed through shared head gear, combs, towels and the like. Read more...
Yes! Very much so! there are over the counter remedies should you or someone in close contact have it. Sanitize and wash all clothes/towels/bedding etc in hot water. Read more...

Does head lice carry disease?

No! Head lice do not carry or transmit any disease. (body lice do transmit disease, but they are different.) you may get a secondary skin infection from scratching so much that the scalp gets raw. Read more...
No. The body louse is a known carrier of disease but head lice are just a pest. Read more...

How can you rid yourself of head lice?

Goodbye lice. Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. Read more...

Do head lice carry or transmit any disease?

No! Head lice do not carry or transmit any disease. (body lice do transmit disease, but they are different.) you may get a secondary skin infection from scratching so much that the scalp gets raw. Read more...

Is there a good method to prevent head lice?

HEAD LICE. If your friends or classmates have head lice, don't share their hats, their combs, their scarves, their ribbons or barrettes, their hair brushes, or their towels, and don't lie on places that these people with head lice have been, for example, pillows, couches, carpets or other areas. Read more...
Dont share. Dont share hair care products, hats, scarfs, sheets, pillow cases, combs, brushes, clips, etc. With any one. Best way to prevent transfer of head lice nits. Read more...

What does a head lice infestation look like?

See below. The most characteristic feature is the presence of "nits" (lice eggs) attached to the hair shafts. These are tiny specs that look like dandruff, but are glued on to the hair shaft and cannot be flicked off, although you can slide them off the hair shaft. In more severe cases, adult lice, which look like tiny 1mm - 2mm diameter crabs are visible. Read more...
Head Lice. Adult lice on scalp. The most common spots to find adult lice are behind your ears and along the back of your neck. Lice are tiny, about the size of a strawberry seed, but they can be up to 1/8 inch (3 millimeters) in size. Lice eggs (nits) on hair shafts. Nits resemble tiny pussy willow buds. Nits can be mistaken for dandruff, but unlike dandruff, they can't be easily brushed out of hair. Read more...