White Nits

White Nits are the eggs of the louse which are found close to the scalp. Nits are in the beginning a dark brown color and after few days they turn to a more whitish color. The white nits are oval and are yellow to white colour. They are hard to see and are look like dandruff. The male is slightly smaller than female. Eggs are normally undergo a 7-9 day incubation before hatching as a baby nymph. The empty egg shell is dry up and this is known as white nits.

White nits are very small. The adult female is grayish white, 3-4 mm long. Eggs are usually within 1.5 cm of the scalp. The size of egg is 0.8mm by 0.3mm. The eggs are survive upto 3 days. Eggs are hatch are usually located within 1/4 inch of the scalp. Nits are empty white egg shells which are left when the lice hatch. Nits take about 1 week to hatch. Eggs hatch in 8 to 10 days at 80 F to 85 F. Fertilization of eggs takes place once the female reaches the mature stage. White nits are present mostly on the back side of ear and neckline.

Treatment for White Nits

  • Use an over-the-counter medication for head lice exactly as directed. 
  • Soak combs and brushes for 1 hour in rubbing alcohol, Lysol.
  • A lice-killing shampoo is used to remove the head lice.
  • A nit comb should be used to remove nits.
  • Applying a Mixture of 50% kerosene and 50% water to hair as a lotion. Leave at least 6 to 4 hrs.
  • Permethrin (NIX®) - A 10 minute hair rinse available without a prescription.

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