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Symptoms of Head Lice

Updated on March 4, 2012

Generally lice is something we get as children. The reason for this is it usually infests one child's hair, and spreads from child to child. If you suspect you or your child has lice, the "good" thing is that it is easy to treat ! A misconception of lice is that if you have it, you must be a unsanitary or dirty person, this is not the case.

The first sign or symptom of lice is an itchy head, it will get worse in intensity. What you want to do as soon as you suspect your child having lice is to check his/her head. What you do is look along the scalp where the hair comes out of the head. If lice is present, if will look like little white dots on the strands of hair. Depending upon how bad the infestation is, you may see a few here and there. Or if it's bad, you'll see each strand covered in a line of these white dots. The dots are actually eggs, and they cannot be removed. Sometimes you can get dry skin on the scalp which is also itchy, but unlike lice you will be able to remove dry skin.

If they hair is infested really bad, a lot of times you will be able to see the lice insects themselves crawling throughout the hair.

picture of lice

Treatment of Head Lice

Luckily, the treatment of head lice is pretty easy, just time consuming. You can purchase over the counter lice treatment in any pharmacy or most retail stores. The cost is about $8 - $10 per treatment.


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