Lice are very tiny insects. They like to live in hair, so they are often called “head lice.” An infection with head lice is very common in school-age children, but anyone can get it. Lice cannot jump, fly, or walk on the ground, but they easily pass from person to person through close contact and on clothes, bed linens, brushes and combs, hats, and toys.
Lice are so small and fast moving that they are hard to see. Head lice lay eggs, called nits. Nits are very small, silvery white, and teardrop shaped. They often can be found stuck to the hair near the scalp, behind the ears, and at the hairline on the back of the neck.
Other signs of head lice may include:
- Itching of the scalp and scalp irritation
- A tickling feeling of something moving through the hair
- Sores on the scalp caused by scratching
- Swollen glands at the back of the neck caused by infected bites
Head lice infections are not dangerous, but they can be difficult to treat sometimes. They are very contagious and should be treated right away to stop infection from spreading.
If you or your child is experiencing these or similar symptoms, start an OnCare visit today to receive a personalized treatment plan and feel better, faster.