About Head Lice
Head lice are a common infestation that can affect anyone, especially children. Specifically, head lice are small, crawling insects that infest a person's hair and scalp. Generally, head lice are seen behind the ears and on the back of the head near the neckline. The most common symptom is itching. However, symptoms are not present in all cases.
There are two important steps involved in treating head lice: kill the live lice on the head, and remove all the nits (eggs) from the hair. This involves:
- Careful combing of the hair (nit-picking)
- Treating the house.
Getting rid of head lice is a long process that can take up to 21 days. Once treatment begins, it is unnecessary for a child to miss school.
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