Symptoms of Head Lice

Head lice are very common among young children.  Knowing which symptoms to look for is an important skill for parents to know if a lice infestation is occurring in their children’s school.  A lice outbreak in a school can cause stress on families, but having the knowledge and being empowered can take a lot of the stress off of parents that might have to deal with an infestation in their homes.  The most common symptom of head lice is an itchy scalp but there are others to be aware of.

Head lice are rarely found on the body, eyelashes or eyebrows. Symptoms of head lice are itching (caused by an allergic reaction to the bites), sores on the head or a tickling feeling of something moving in the hair. It’s important that you check for head lice frequently on the scalp, behind the ears, near the neckline and at the back of the neck.  Via

Other symptoms can include redness at the hairline, specifically at the base of the neck.  Some people are allergic to the saliva that a louse excretes.  Redness can also show up further down the neck and on the shoulders.  Perhaps the most tell-tale sign of head lice is actually finding nits and lice in the hair.  This can be difficult and proper screening is necessary to determine if a person is suffering from head lice. 

The diagnosis of a head lice infestation is best made by finding a live nymph or adult louse on the scalp or hair of a person. Because nymphs and adult lice are very small, move quickly, and avoid light, they can be difficult to find…If you are not sure if a person has head lice, the diagnosis should be made by their health care provider, local health department, or other person trained to identify live head lice. According to Lice Magic

Unfortunately some people do not display the common symptoms that are associated with a lice infestation.  It is important to perform regular screenings for head lice on young children.  

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