Symptoms of Head Lice

The presence of head lice can be irritating and embarrassing. Contrary to the popular belief, head lice are not primary caused by improper hygiene, but the infectious agents are transmitted from one person to another through saliva, air, blood, cough, mother to fetus, sexual contact and needles among many other causes. Some of the symptoms of lice on the head include;

Itching- surfers experience continuous itching on scalp, neck and ears. Itching is an allergic reaction to louse saliva. First time surfers may not experience itching sensations on the first 2 to 6 weeks after infestation. Some people are very sensitive to lice bites and surfer unbearable itching. However, other people can build up tolerance and suffer little or no itching at all. In addition, the itching sensitivity varies with the type of lice.

Lice on scalp- after 2 to 6 weeks, lice may be visible on the scalp. However, it may be difficult to spot them because they are small, avoid light and move quickly when you touch your head.

Nits (lice eggs on hair shafts)- lice eggs stick to the hair shafts. The incubating eggs may be difficult to see because they are very small and also camouflage to match hair color. But you can easily see them around the hairline of the neck and ears. It is also easy to see empty nits because they are lighter in color and are found far from the scalp. However, the presence of lice eggs doesn’t necessary indicate an active infestation and home remedy will treat. You should not mistake dandruff, residues from the hair products, dirt, scab tissues with nits.

Broken or sores on the scalp- frequent scratching can cause sores or broken skin to form on the scalp. The damaged skin can weep clear fluid. This will happen in extreme infestations.

Swollen lymph nodes- in response to infections, the lymph nodes in the neck region and behind the ears may also become tender and swollen.

How to diagnose head lice.

You can detect hair lice by looking closely for nits, nymph or lice on the hair and scalp. Nits are more visible because they are lighter in color. Locating lymph and adult can be difficult because they are usually few and will move quickly. But if you find nits on the scalp or on the hair shafts, this is a clear indication that you suffer lice infestation. Seek for professional help for confirmation.

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