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Head Lice

 

Overview

Head lice are wingless, grey-brown parasitic insects that live in the hair and feed off blood from the scalp of humans. They breed rapidly and eggs are known as nits. They can be seen at the back of the head, at the neckline and behind the ears. Tickling in the scalp and itching are common symptoms. Close contact, sharing combs and hairbrush lead to spreading of lice.

 

Causes

Contact with an infected person is the most common cause for getting head lice. Head to head contact is likely to happen at school or at home as the children play together. Other causes can be neglecting hair hygiene, sharing pillows, combs and other items like towels, headphones, clothes, etc. with a person who already has head lice. In short, contact with contaminated personal belongings or home furnishings, helps spreading head lice from person to person. Young children are generally more prone to being infested with head lice and they in turn pass it on to other family members.

 

Symptoms

The most common symptom is scalp itchiness. Sometimes, in severe cases, the person may also get fever and swelling of the lymph nodes. There could be lice on the scalp, body or clothing and lice eggs or nits on the scalp and/or in the hair. Movement of the head lice can cause a ticklish feeling or some kind of movement in the hair. Sores may be caused on the head because of scratching. In some cases, small red bite marks on the scalp or red bumps on the neck may be seen.

 

Diagnosis

A close look at the scalp can help anybody to diagnose head lice. If one is in doubt, then services of a health care professional should be sought.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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