Head Lice Information

Head lice are small parasitic insects. It is present on the scalp and neck hairs of their human host. Lice has six legs. Head lice is caused by direct head-to-head contact with an infested person's hair and using the infected persons atoms. Head lice derive nutrient by blood-feeding once. Head lice rarely cause direct harm. Head lice do not spread disease. The louse's saliva and feces may sensitize people to their bites. It causes itching and loss of sleep. Prescription medication are available for treatment. Head lice live for about three weeks. They are mostly seen in the back of the ear and neckline.

Head lice is present in human and animals. Birds and other mammals have their own lice. Lice need human blood to survive and most will die within 24 hours. They are not known to transmit infectious agents from person-to-person. They are few millimeters in length and are a light brown colour. It is affected in between the age of 3 to 12 years. In North America and Europe, children are more frequently infested than are adults. Head lice is more common problem in children's. Lice is contagious and can spread quickly from person to person. Head lice themselves are not a health hazard but it is caused by uncleaniness.

Symptoms of head louse

  • Itching of the scalp
  • Irritation
  • Uncleanness
  • Hair loss
  • Nits stuck to the hairs as they grow out

Causes of head louse

  • Inadequate application of product
  • Using hats,comb and some other things of affected person
  • Dirty hair and poor hygiene
  • Stuffed animals

Treatment of head lice

  • Nit combs are in lice medicine packages, should be used to comb nits and lice from the hair shaft.
  • The insecticides are used for the head louse which contain strong chemicals.
  • The electric combing is used for the nits.
  • Enzyme treatments  - This is essential for the head louse eggs.
  • Malathion works as agents used to kill lice.

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