People who start experiencing chronic scalp itchiness might immediately suspect they are at the beginnings of a lice infestation. However, when conducting head checks, they are surprised to find nits but no adult lice. Today, we’re discussing why you might see this unique situation. Keep in mind though, that if you find traces of either, adult lice or nits, you should still get lice removal services right away to stop the infestation from getting worse.
What Are Head Lice?
Head lice are tiny wingless insects that live on your scalp and consume your blood to thrive and lay eggs. They can be hard to see with the naked eye, because an adult louse is the same size as a sesame seed! While they remain unseen, lice can live on your head for over thirty days and lay about eight eggs a day.
Nits are the eggs the lice lay and look similar to dandruff—but you’ll have a harder time removing them since they are “glued” to the hair shaft.
Why Am I Seeing Nits but No Lice?
It’s possible to find nits on your scalp without the presence of lice, especially if it’s during the early stages of an infestation. A louse might have been able to lay eggs on your head before transferring to another person’s head. After all, lice can also choose to produce only a certain number of eggs if your scalp seems incompatible to them. Or the few adult lice might have been brushed or knocked off, leaving behind their eggs, as adult lice are easier to remove from your hair than nits. It can also be that, if you just had a case of head lice and tried to treat it yourself, that the previous adults and nits weren’t completely removed. In any case, in order to prevent a full-blown infestation, you should contact a lice removal service to eliminate all traces of lice on your head as soon as you notice them.
When Do People Tend to Get Head Lice?
A head lice infestation usually happens to children through direct transfer or when they come into close contact with another child who has lice in their hair. Contrary to popular belief, nits and lice don’t occur from bad hygiene or from the environment—they move purely by head-to-head transmission!
Experiencing head lice is a common occurrence that typically affects children between three to eleven years old. It happens in schools and daycares, including camps, sleepovers, and sports activities. Even adults can get infested with lice if they’ve encountered an infested person. On such occasions, it’s crucial to get lice removal services immediately.
What Are Common Lice Symptoms?
The most known symptom that’ll indicate that you’re experiencing lice or nits on your head is an itchy scalp, which is an allergic reaction to a louse bite. However, it’s important to note there will not be enough adults to cause itch-inducing bites until several weeks after the start of the infestation. Other symptoms that could require you to contact a lice removal service immediately involve finding sores on your head due to incessant scratching, or feeling like something is moving on your scalp. General irritation and having trouble sleeping can also indicate the presence of lice and nits.
Work with an Expert
People experiencing lice for the first time should avoid panicking, and instead, keep in mind that their scalp problems can be treated quickly and effectively. Your situation isn’t considered a medical danger because head lice cannot spread disease. Instead, they’re just a big nuisance due to the symptoms they produce! However, you should be careful not to scratch excessively or you could injure your scalp, resulting in a skin infection, so it’s best to be cautious. Instead, focus on reaching out to a professional that can provide the necessary treatment to eliminate the lice and nits on your head before they get worse.
Professional Lice Treatment in Orlando, Savannah, and Jacksonville
Are you looking for professional lice treatment to get rid of your head lice infestation? Fresh Heads Lice Removal is a recognized lice removal clinic with an exclusive FDA-cleared device called AirAllé that dehydrates and completely gets rid of adult lice and their eggs. We can guarantee that our products and solutions are all-natural and don’t contain any harmful chemicals. Book your appointment today!
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!