Head Lice are tiny insects which infest the hair of the human head and is especially common among schoolchildren. Nits typically feed from your head at least 4-5 times a day and it’s their bites that become so itchy and scratchy. They don’t have wings and live by drinking blood from your scalp.

Touching your head to an infected person’s head, sharing the personal items of someone with head lice or using a fabric item after an infected person are some of the ways, lice can be transferred. Lice can also be transferred by brushes, combs, barrettes, headbands, headphones, and hats. They can also live for a time on upholstered furniture, bedding, towels, or clothing.

Symptoms of head lice include:

  • extreme scalp itchiness.
  • feeling like something is crawling on your scalp
  • sores and scabs on your scalp from scratching

Check your hair close to the scalp for lice and nits and run a fine-toothed lice comb through your hair, starting from the scalp, to catch lice and nits. You can easily differentiate between nits and dandruff flakes or other debris in your hair. Most debris should be removed easily. Nits will seem like they are cemented to your hair.

Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camps). Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes. Do not share combs, brushes, or towels.

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