What You Need to Know About Head Lice
Head lice don’t come from dirt. They don’t suddenly grow from the scalp. You didn’t get it from your pet or any other animal. Head lice come from other head lice, just like any other species on this planet. It’s that simple. The lice migrate from head to head so that they can find a blood meal. Head lice have been around since the beginning of time. Dried up head lice and eggs have been found on Egyptian mummies.
Head lice, medically known as Pediculosis capitis, are parasitic insects that live on the human scalp. They have six legs with claws designed to grasp onto the hair shaft. Head lice vary in color from light to dark brown. After a blood meal, they’re dark brown. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed.
Head lice develop in three stages: nit, nymph, and adult louse. The adult female louse lays about six to ten eggs each day. Nits are the oval-shaped lice eggs that the female louse lays. Nits can be lighter or darker shades of brown or gray in color, and they are cemented to the hair shaft. Nits hatch into a nymph or baby louse within one week. A week later, the nymph becomes an adult louse. Head lice feed on human blood which results in severe itching.
Know The Symptoms
It’s important to know when a head lice infestation has affected your child. Licenders is all about educating the public on the signs, symptoms and preventative measures you can take to get rid of head lice once and for all. The most obvious sign of head lice is the presence of lice and nits on the head. Inspect your child’s hair and scalp. Check for nits behind the ears, on the crown of the head, and at the nape of the neck. The following four symptoms may indicate a head lice infestation:
- Itching is usually the first sign that lice may be present. It is also the most common lice symptom. Children may be itching only slightly more than usual or you may notice vigorous and frequent itching.
- Sometimes, small red sores form on the scalp due to scratching after being bitten by the louse.
- Your child may complain that someone is “tickling him on his hair.” This is the louse crawling around.
A head lice infestation can take over your life! It is quite common for parents to spend hours treating head lice without solving the problem. When you know there’s a problem immediately wash bed linens, bath towels and vacuum the furniture to help stop the spread in your home, and Licenders professional clinicians will take care of the rest!
Call 888-542-3633 today for a professional service that eliminates head lice once and for all