Head Lice Treatment In Boardman, OH

Know The Warning Signs & Remedies for Head Lice

Head lice are tiny, parasitic insects found on the heads of children and adults. Lice infestations are common among school-age children and people who live with the children. Head lice spread from direct contact, such as head-to-head. Indirect contact, such as sharing hats and scarves, is unlikely to spread lice. Both nymphs and mature adult lice can't fly or hop but crawl. An infestation isn't linked to or a reflection of personal health or hygiene. If you suspect you or your child has a head lice infestation, schedule a visit with your dermatologist before starting at-home treatments. Many people mistake dandruff, hair product residue, and dead or empty nits as an active infestation.

Head lice begin as eggs, or nits, that are laid by mature adult lice on a human hair shaft, approximately one-quarter inch from the hair follicle. The nits generally hatch within eight days to nine days and develop into nymphs. Nymphs reach maturity nine days to 12 days after hatching. Adult female head lice can lay up to six eggs each day.

The color of nits is usually white or yellow but live nits may appear to be the same color as the hair shaft. Adult head lice generally don't exceed the size of a sesame or strawberry seed.

Symptoms of an active head lice infestation are easy to overlook, but commonly include:

  • Visible identification of nits attached to hair shafts or live adult lice;
  • Itching;
  • Tickling feeling on the scalp and in the hair; and
  • Scalp sores caused by scratching.

Treatment for head lice may include over-the-counter and/or prescription medications. Your dermatologist will create a custom treatment plan after determining if there is an active infestation. If live lice are still visible after a full course of treatment, contact your dermatologist. Laundering bedding, clothing, towels, and other household items used during the infestation kills any residual live adults and nits.

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