February 5, 2018

Parker khumalo

What Are Head Lice? Head lice are small, wingless, blood-sucking insects. They live in the hair on your head and feed off the blood from your scalp. A louse (a single adult) is about the size of a sesame seed. A nit (louse egg) is about the size of a small flake of dandruff.
What Causes Head Lice? Head lice are contagious. You can become infected with head lice when the insects crawl onto your head. Ways you might get head lice include: touching your head to an infected person’s head sharing the personal items (e.g., comb) of someone with head lice using a fabric item after an infected person, Lice can also be transferred by brushes, combs, barrettes, headbands, headphones, and hats. They can also live for a time on upholstered furniture, bedding, towels, or clothing.


January 15, 2018

Who Is at Risk for Head Lice? Preschool and elementary school students have the highest risk of getting head lice. They tend to play closely together and share items that touch their heads. There is also an increased risk of head lice for family members of school-aged children. People who work in a day care center, preschool, or elementary school share this risk.


December 17, 2017

How Is Head Lice Diagnosed? You or your healthcare provider can diagnose head lice by: checking your hair, close to the scalp, for lice checking your hair, close to the scalp, for nits running a fine-toothed lice comb through your hair, starting from the scalp, to catch lice and nits The nits are dark-colored and hatched lice will be light-colored. Adult lice move quickly. You will most likely find nits if you find any evidence of head lice on your scalp. You can easily differentiate between nits and dandruff flakes or other debris in your hair. Most debris should be removed easily. Nits will seem like they are cemented to your hair. Head lice are contagious. If one person in your household has them, others may too. It’s a good idea to check everyone (in the household) for signs of lice every few days."