Could You Have Lice and Not Know it?

Could You Have Lice and Not Know it?

It may come as a surprise, but it is possible to have head lice in your hair without your knowledge. Itching is one of the main signs of lice that people are looking for if they’re suspicious. What most people don’t know is that the itching caused by these tiny parasites can take weeks to start, and in some cases, may never start at all. Most experts encourage parents to check their kids for head lice regularly, particularly during the school year. If you think that you or a family member could have lice, but you don’t know for sure, here are a few tips that could help you determine what you are dealing with.

What to Look For When Checking for Lice 

The first step in checking for head lice is knowing what to look for. Head lice are only a few millimeters across, and it can be easy to mistake them for dry skin or dandruff. When you check for head lice, remember to look for both the lice and the lice eggs in hair, called nits. The nits are laid at the base of the hair, and usually appear yellow or white. Adult lice are tiny brown parasites that are about the size of a sesame seed. If you have been noticing more dandruff than normal, you make want to take a closer look to make sure this is not actually lice eggs.

Where to Check for Head Lice

The best place to look for signs of head lice is around the nape of the neck and the ears, so check these spots thoroughly. Lice like to live in warm spots on the scalp that are not overly exposed to sunlight. They cling onto the shaft of the hair and lay their eggs close to the roots of the hair.

How to Check for Lice

The most common tool used to look for signs of lice is a fine-tooth comb. One study found that using a fine-tooth comb is 4 times more effective at detecting lice than visual inspection alone. The most effective method of combing for lice starts with separating the hair into several sections. 

Get the hair wet and add some conditioner or detangler to help the comb glide through the strands, then begin combing through the first section. If you are having trouble seeing, or the hair is dark, a flashlight can provide the necessary lighting. Remember to start at the roots and comb all the way to the ends of the hairs, keeping each section isolated. Once one section is combed, just move to the next section until the whole head has been searched.

Fresh Heads Lice Treatment in Savannah, GA

Here at Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we work hard to protect you and your family from head lice. We specialize in chemical-free head lice removal that guarantees the elimination of all lice eggs in the hair. If you or someone you know needs help fighting head lice, visit one of our clinics in Jacksonville, Fl, Orlando, FL, or Savannah, GA. 

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Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!