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About Lice

Anyone can get head lice.  It has nothing to do with cleanliness. Head lice only survive on humans and do not affect family pets.

How Do We Get Head Lice? 

When children and adults are in close contact with each other, it is easy to pass along head lice. Shared hats, helmets, clothing, combs, brushes, headbands, hair ties, headrest, pillows, linens, towels and other personal articles are perfect vehicles to transfer lice from one person to another.

What To Look For? 

The adult head louse has six legs and is about the size of a sesame seed.  Descriptions of their color vary, but generally they range from beige to gray and may become considerably darker when they feed.  You can spot them most easily in the areas behind the ears and along the hairline on the back of the neck.  Lice are often difficult to see with the naked eye.  Diagnosis is generally made when lice eggs (nits) - which are fastened to the hair shaft - are clearly evident.  Nits are teardrop in shape and are fastened to the hair shaft about ¼ inch from the scalp.  They seem "glued" to the hair and cannot be brushed or combed off like dandruff.  A child who is scratching his/her head often is another telltale sign.

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