What are head lice?
Head lice and nits are small insects that live on human hair and feed off blood from the scalp.
What do head lice look like?
Lice are typically two to four millimetres long, sporting a greyish hue that can turn reddish-black after feeding.
Equipped with a head, two antennae, and three pairs of legs ending in pincers, they're adept at clinging to hair.
What do lice eat?
Lice feed solely on blood, using a unique biting and sucking mechanism. 🩸
A single lice may bite up to 4 times a day, which can cause the host immense itching.
Signs of head lice
Lice infestations, or pediculosis, typically result in an itchy scalp.
Frequent head-scratching is one of the most noticeable physical symptoms of head lice.
With increased lice reports from schools, it's vital to check the scalp on a regular basis. 🔎
We recommend checking for lice with a comb in natural daylight, as adult lice despise light and are easier to spot. 💡
Scalp pediculosis is the most widespread parasitic disease in the world.
This condition arises from a severe lice infestation.
However, anyone can fall victim to scalp pediculosis. 😣
Over-itching can lead to skin lesions, especially behind the ears and neck.
The World Health Organisation revealed that pediculosis impacts several billion people around the world and is often predominant in schoolgoers. 🌍
It’s key to be vigilant before the symptoms of lice become severe.
To sum up...
Lice infestations, though common, can be a source of distress for both children and parents. 😓
Regularly checking hair, machine washing clothes and bedding at high temperatures, and using lice-deterring remedies are the keystones to keeping these pesky parasites at bay.
Remember, it's not just about treating lice but preventing their return. 🚫