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WHERE ARE HEAD LICE FOUND?


​Lice are parasites and can be found on the scalp of the human head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live on the human scalp, particularly around and behind the ears, and nape of the neck. Lice need warmth, moisture, and human blood. Once a louse is off the host, it cannot survive more than 1 - 2 days. Head lice move by crawling, they cannot fly, hop, or burrow. Head lice are spread by head-to-head contact.

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

DIAGNOSIS​


Typically the diagnosis of head lice is best made by finding a live nymph or adult on the scalp. Lice are very small and are difficult to find in the early stages of infestation. It is best to use a fine toothed combed with grooved teeth which twist and pull the lice and nits while combing the scalp.



WHO IS AT RISK?​


Head lice are found worldwide. In the United States, head lice is most common among pre-school children. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States. Head lice are not known to transmit any diseases and not considered a health hazard. Head lice can be asymptomatic and can often take 4-6 weeks for itching to occur. The itching is caused by an allergic reaction to louse bites, symptoms include sores on the head, a tickling feeling on your head, irritability, and sleeplessness.