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How to tell if you have head lice

Itching

Only 1 in 3 people with head lice experiences itching. It is worse behind the ears and at the back of the neck. Itching is caused by an allergy to the saliva of the louse, and it may be several weeks before it occurs.

Seeing the lice

There are various ways of looking for lice.
Tip the head down and brush or comb the hair thoroughly from root to tip over a piece of white paper. Inspect the paper and the brush or comb closely for signs of life. You may see the skins that the young lice have cast off – these look like lice. This method is not very reliable because, in dry hair, lice move away from the area that is being disturbed.
A better method uses a ‘lice comb’ (a special comb with narrow-spaced teeth), which you can buy from a pharmacy. Wash the hair, leave it damp and comb out tangles with an ordinary comb. Rub some ordinary conditioner into the hair. Then divide the hair into sections and carefully comb each section with the lice comb, starting at the scalp. Every now and again, wipe the comb on a tissue and look closely for live lice. This works better than the dry hair method, because lice stay very still when hair is wet, so they can be combed out.
If you have Afro-Caribbean hair, do not bother with a lice comb – it will be too uncomfortable. Instead, use lots of conditioner and an ordinary comb.


Look for nits

The nits are egg-cases, attached to the hairs. They are oval in shape. The empty egg cases (left behind after the baby louse has hatched) are white, and easier to spot. As the hair grows, the egg case will move further up its shaft, so the position of the nits on the hair gives you an idea of how long you have had them. Hair grows at about 1 cm a month. Therefore nits 1 cm from the scalp mean 1 month, 2 cm mean 2 months, and so on.
 
If you have never seen them before, it can be difficult to decide whether a white speck is a nit or not. Globules of hair lacquer and bits of dandruff can be confused with nits. And if you pull out a normal hair, you may notice the whitish thickening at its root, which you may mistake for a nit. A magnifying glass will help.

Look for black specks

Look for black specks on the pillow or collar, these are louse faeces.

Look for bites

Look for tiny, inflamed bites on the scalp, or a rash on the back of the neck or behind the ears.
 

For more information, see our sections on how head lice can be caught and how to treat head lice, or read Dr Phil Hammond's light-hearted poem on head lice. If your scalp is itching but you cannot find any head lice, see our pages on itching and dandruff

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Monday, March 7th 2011

 


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Posted by Optional on 25/02/2014 at 01:18

so I didn't wash my hair for a week or so because I was so busy with homework and the back of my head starts itching in random places and its spreading and idk if its lice or not but its kind of getting worse, my friend checked my head and said it looks like small red blotches. please help idk what it is and need to treat it!!

Posted by Bored-in-a-carpark123 on 19/02/2014 at 01:16

When I scratch my head this white or sometimes yellow stuff comes up under my nails.... What is it?

Posted by Optional on 25/12/2013 at 01:24

Yesterday I sat in the hairdresse 2 seats away from another girl. When my hairdresser was busy with my hair she told me that they had to remove that girl from the salon because she had lice in her hair. Just that moment I started feeling paranoid. I am scared to have head lice.

Posted by Optional on 13/11/2013 at 09:08

recently the school nurse told me I had lice and I got so embarrassed because half the staff/teachers knew. I know I was itching but I've always been doing that since I'm a swimmer and I get dry scalp so I didn't think it was lice. how do I deal with going back to school? ;(

Posted by Mizuki on 24/09/2013 at 12:14

Umm i have some white stuff on my hair but its in pieces and shapes. What could it be?

Posted by Optional on 20/08/2013 at 06:47

I think I found one while I was in the shower when I was washing my hair but I am not sure. My cousins had them a few weeks ago and I am afraid that they were passed onto me since I was babysitting them

Posted by Optional on 11/08/2013 at 12:49

I am eleven and I have had lice since I was eight. My parents have treated me twice but I still have it. They refuse to believe so though. I am not sure why but I have not passed it on to my family. I am certain that I have it though. I can't go to summer camps for fear of lice checks. I see nits everywhere and it itches very badly . Can someone please comment and tell me what to do? I am going to middle school next year and I am worried that the school nurse will find out. I met her and I noticed her eyeing my hair... Please tell me what to do!!!!!

Posted by Optional on 07/08/2013 at 11:33

I was living in an apt that ended up having bed bugs...so we moved. Now at the new place, my roommate and I have been finding these little blackish brown bugs in our hair. We are wondering what they are...does anyone have any idea?

Posted by Angel on 25/03/2013 at 06:41

I am still struggling and im scared if I probably passed it to my friends :/

Posted by Jane on 01/03/2013 at 06:15

In my hair if I section it i notice white dots that cling very tightly to my hair. If I glide my hands in my hair I can feel them, I have don't the comb but no signs of lice. I'm not sure what to do?

Posted by Optional on 23/02/2013 at 01:10

I'm really scared, I don't really know if I have lice but I combed and found a bug on the comb, then searched lice on google and looked at images, and it looked like lice. I showed my mom and she said is wasn't lice but I think it was. I will try a method of yours.

Posted by Mellie on 30/01/2013 at 11:26

I had an empty cassing fall out of my hair last night does this mean there is lice hatched out in my head or could it oossibly be from my daughter since ive been treating her these past three days

Posted by Optional on 30/01/2013 at 10:13

Can lice breed on pillows or combs?

Posted by Optional on 29/01/2013 at 06:49

I had lice about 2 weeks ago, and did 3 treatments and it was gone. And we had checked for eggs for about a week after doing treatments and during treatments. But I'm starting to feel itching again, and I showed my dad one of my areas I was itching and he says it looks like a pimple. But I didn't know you could get pimples in your hair. And I shower daily and scrub my hair real good with my shampoo and stuff. Idk what it is! /:

Posted by Optional on 16/01/2013 at 12:55

I have itching in a ring at the top of my head and nape of neck but I don't know if this is lice or something else

Posted by taylor on 29/11/2012 at 04:53

i rekon it was good and i finally no what nits are now :") at first i didnt know what nits were in the first place :/

Posted by Optional on 28/11/2012 at 11:35

To everyone who keeps saying "i keep getting white stuff come off on and in my nails when i scratch. Is this lice" Well actually it might be but probably not its probably just your scalp coming off on your fingers. Like dandruff.

Posted by fatima on 24/11/2012 at 01:45

Hi my head is itching me a lot for the past 10 days specially behind my ears and back of my head , I never head lice so I thought it was just an itchy scalp ! This morning I was visiting my mom and she saw me scratching my head and she said u probably have lice let me check u , we sat in the back yard to get a better light and she started checking my hair by parting small sections and she confirmed that I have lice! And tons of it! She thinks I might had it 2 weeks ago because there countless amount of nits and live bugs in each strand of my hair ! Which is butt long thick hair ! The first thing she did was cutting half length of my hair! and added a lot of olive oil and cover it with shower cap for 4 hours! Then started wet combing my hair ! And I'm not kidding each time she combs and shows me the comb I can see 100s of nits and bugs ! She combed for 2 hours but she couldn't get rid of them all ! I need at least 2 weeks ! Wish me luck

Posted by Manny on 30/09/2012 at 03:15

my aunt told me I supposedly have lice , I scratch my had a lot mostly the back.So ,I want to know if theres a way to get this off my hair?

Posted by jaeden on 29/09/2012 at 01:07

Help!!! Please... okay so my head has been itching like crazy and I have dandruff,would dandruff be the cause? I also don't shower very often but I'm gonna start showering everyday, I'm not having any itching behind ears or back of the neck, but I'm scared because I keep thinking I'm feeling a little bit of moving but I'm not sure!!! Like it will itch just randomly, it doesn't do this all the time, only on some days I will itch or it will just be barely, so I thinks its just dandruff but ahhhhhhh!!! Anyway I forgot to mention I scratch my head so hard that it will start to bleed like not a lot but my scalp will be red and I can feel lots of oily stuff... please somebody tell me if u think its lice... :( one more thing I'm not sure of this helps but I'm in soccer and I get really sweaty and that's mostly when it starts itching... so I'll pray its not lice... :(

Posted by Optional on 16/09/2012 at 06:15

The back of my neck always itches, and my whole head in general. My mom checked for lice, she found eggs, is there treatment for just the eggs?

Posted by Optional on 16/09/2012 at 01:29

im so scared!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP ME!!!

Posted by Optional on 08/09/2012 at 06:35

My hair itches a lot especially when i sweat and feel very hot due to the sultry weather, on itching a white creamy substance comes on my nail cuticles and has a queer smell. i also have intense hair loss.when i clean my room,i find more hair then dirt. what should i do.

Posted by Optional on 15/08/2012 at 09:19

This girl at my school suddenly decided this year we were friends, and in primary school there were rumors about her having head lice and there'd always be letters sent home for us to get checked. Now in secondary school, they don't give a crap about you, and I think I have lice from the girl, and I actually feel so scared, so I think I'll get some special shampoo because oh god I feel like crying right now :(

Posted by Jeniffer Smith on 05/08/2012 at 08:47

You seriously have to add some pictures so people (like me) would know how the nits look like how the cracked eggs look like.... I also prefere if you actually have a video of the treatment and some steps. You have to be more specific, this is a very serious and disgusting condition.

Posted by Hi on 27/07/2012 at 03:30

I had lice 3 times and something you should know is that lice likes clean hair so if your head is itchy and you haven't took a shower in a few days, then the itching could be caused by lice or just not taking a shower in a while and your hair is dirty.

Posted by JessLiLWolf13 on 20/07/2012 at 06:58

Each time I scartch my head there is stuff in my nails! And the back of my head itches really bad is this a sign of lice

Posted by Optional on 13/07/2012 at 02:03

People, if you think you have lice, get a nit comb and check. People on the internet won't know exactly what scalp condition you have, so thats your best bet.

Posted by Arghhh nits on 09/07/2012 at 07:52

It's the summer holidays now but at school all of my class mates where itching and my siblings are alwell I'm itching but am I just paranoid???? I did the paper trick and brushed my hair downwards but only found a black spot that was rectangular....I haven't found any white eggs though. Am I battling the bugs? Or just paranoid?

Posted by Optional on 06/07/2012 at 07:21

When I had head lice a couple months ago. My mom and grandma washed my head with some lice killing stuff and put all this weird stuff in my hair to kill the live lice..they died.. then they pulled every single nit that was on my head off. I was infested with these creautures. It took about 3 days. I'm 12.

Posted by Optional on 27/06/2012 at 06:30

Hi I'm itchy everywhere does that mean I have lice

Posted by Optional on 15/06/2012 at 05:01

If you are scratching and find skin and dirt under your nail it is quite common. What you should do is shampoo your hair twice scalp only let the water run the suds to the ends. When conditioning only do mid shaft to the ends. You create build up of dirt oil product and shampoo/conditioner when you don't wash your hair probably. In a few days (usually 2 or 3) you'll find your scalp has build up but not as much. It's natural but it will be less. Continue those steps when you wash all the time.

Posted by Optional on 09/06/2012 at 02:50

I saw the bug I pulled it out when I thought it was a scab

Posted by Optional on 28/05/2012 at 01:11

I dont have headlice.but when i scratch my head.i get this white stuff in between my nails.i dont know what it is,but desided to test it by crushing it against my finger nails.and the white stuff showed traces of wetness on my finger nails.pleaze help.

Posted by Cat on 25/05/2012 at 04:26

My head itches alot, I have small sores on my head, I have pulled a louse from my head, when I scratch my head I have black things come up. My parents laugh when I freak put cause I found a small bug and they won't listen to me!! I'm on my own with this. Can I just get a special shampoo and will that do the trick or not? Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2012 at 03:57

I usually have a shower everyday, and I keep finding little black blobs of what ever in my hair, close to my forehead area. I am kinda worried to what it is. It is lice ? I haven't seen any movement but my head is a bit itchy :(. Hopefully it isn't From the kid I'm babysitting if so It is lice I'm gonna be very mad at the family:( i don't what to do. Any help?

Posted by Pvt. Connell on 06/05/2012 at 07:37

I'm sorry. But Afro hair is rare to get Head lice. It is different from ordinary hair. Plus, headlice can only grab onto dry, clean hair. Afro hair is dry and we tend to use Vaseline (which is known to suffocate Head lice) Afros aren't washed as many times as normal hair. You are meant to only wash it twice in a month because you can damage your afro if you do it more than the stated times. Also, Head lice look for wet hair. Afros are naturally dry, that is why we use Vaseline. I have never had head lice, nor any lice at that. Head lice can't get a firm grasp on Afro hair anyway, therefore you are less than 0% of getting Head lice with Afro hair.

Posted by an12345 on 31/03/2012 at 05:28

this helped, but i am begining to think i have it. i need a way to tell if i have lice easily

Posted by I'm a 11 year old on 18/03/2012 at 09:54

I have loads and loads of black things in my hair and a rash. I have found dome insects in my hair that look exactly like lice can someone help?

Posted by Optional7 on 16/03/2012 at 09:10

i had lice before i still wonder is there a method to kill lice like forever???

Posted by Optional on 23/02/2012 at 11:00

This really helped me because me and my mum finally tackled the problem! Yay!!! :)

Posted by puppylove on 26/01/2012 at 12:09

there is a horrible case of lice going around school and i need to no wht to do

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2011 at 03:31

I think I have lice and I am crying because if I do I have to shave my head because my hair is to think idk what to do my mom is a hair dresser and she will freak ..I am vary scared idk how to take care of it I don't want to go bald I love my hair it's the only attractive thing about me

Posted by vickievamp on 15/12/2011 at 01:53

thanks but im not sure if i do have it but most likely because my friends friend had lice like 6 times and my friend got lice so this morning i was itching my head then felt something...pulled it out of my hair...it was a tiny brownish bu from the back of my head!

Posted by Optional on 11/12/2011 at 04:13

my kids brought bome lice and i am so itchy i have long hair how do i get rid of it i have bites on my scalp because of the lice and i tried everything to get rid of them it all came from the kids at my kids school their parents don't wash their nasty heads and spread it threw the school please help thanks

Posted by Cece on 29/11/2011 at 12:11

I found what I was looking for, and I have it! Eww

Posted by 13 year old girl on 28/11/2011 at 10:23

ummm did this research becaues i didnt know what lice were now that i read this i know i dont have lice they are the nastiest things ever ewww

Posted by Optional on 19/11/2011 at 01:57

TO EVERYONE!!! You can't just put lice lotion and stuff in your hair and then just say "Oh, I don't have lice anymore! You need to CLEAN EVERYTHING!! That means wash almost everything...your pillows,blankets,sheets,clothes,Etc!! Ps. Tea Tree Oil helps the most.. Just take Tea Tree Oil rub it all in your hair..and put a plastic hair net on.

Posted by Optional on 18/11/2011 at 01:16

i think i have head lice because i've been having itching behind my ears and my neck and it hurt there and it felt like there were little bumps of itchyness on my skin. im not sure if i do have them though, but when i scratch my head, it itches a lot and hurts!

Posted by J.i on 18/11/2011 at 12:53

when i scratch my head i find white stuff under my nails is this lice?

Posted by Cupcakes on 14/11/2011 at 03:13

I don't know if I have lice but everytime I scratch my head theres white stuff in my nails. Idk if it's dandruff or not. Can someone plz help me I don't understand this.

Posted by Optional on 09/11/2011 at 05:31

i have dead lice in my hair and dandruff and im getting it cut tonight i vhave no idea how to get rid of it in 2 hours pla help me and plz give me sum tips

Posted by Optional on 02/11/2011 at 05:08

I found a black and tan bug crawling on my neck is this a lice

Posted by GregFitz on 20/10/2011 at 04:50

I have used multiple products for my dandruff problem (Neutrogena, Garnier, Head and Shoulders etc) and Shielo Hydrate Shampoo has been the most effective I have found, from the first wash there is great relief, and a few washes afterwards it effectively clears up all the dandruff. I usually apply it twice in each shower to clean the scalp thoroughly. It smells and feels great on the head.

Posted by Optional on 08/09/2011 at 02:36

my head itches not all the time. maybe i have it. my one friend had it for 3 mounts without knowing.

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2011 at 04:50

i had lice for an year and a few days ago i did the mayonnaise treatment and it killed the live lice but not the nits. then the next day i used lice lotion. i think it killed the nits too but my head is still a little itchy. i read that after using lice lotion your head would be itchy for 2-3 weeks...but im still scared. plus my family has it too.

Posted by Alexey on 28/08/2011 at 05:36

Hello everyone i have a big problem. I had lice but i had a treatment and kill them. Months after , my scalp restart scratching but not like the other time. There no little red bites on my neck or under my ears... and it makes like 6-7 months. So i think it would have many. Is it lice ?

Posted by unknown me on 17/08/2011 at 08:13

4 days ago i did a headlice treaments wich kills lice in 10 minutes we killed them combed most out then 2 days later we put loads of conditioner on my hair and combed nothing came out , we think they have all gone but later on that day i was itching still and im getting my hair cut today what do i do

Posted by Optional on 07/07/2011 at 07:57

my head is a little itchy and no sores do i have lice?

Posted by Optional on 29/06/2011 at 12:46

i have bad head achs and i have lice and cant get rid of them and can i be geting these head ach from da lice

Posted by Optional on 23/06/2011 at 05:05

Hey guys i really don't know if I have lice! I had a sleepover with a friend who says she HAD it but doesn't anymore. But ever since then I've been really scared. It only happened a couple days ago. I see some white stuff in my hair but normally it just goes away fast when I brush it off. My parents both checked me and said they saw nothing. I'm a little itchy but not too bad. Anyone know if I have lice?

Posted by Optional on 16/06/2011 at 02:55

We are an african american family and the nit combs can not handel one comb through without breaking. I need more info on how black familys got the nits out. When i google there isnt alot of comments with black hair...

Posted by Optional on 04/06/2011 at 08:16

i have lice and i have been finding red bumps on my head do you know what that is if so please help.

Posted by Anonymous on 31/05/2011 at 08:33

I am 13 and dont know how common it is to get lice at my age. I really want to know.

Posted by HELLP on 26/05/2011 at 01:53

Well behind my ears and neck I'm itchy! My friend said she saw a black tiny bug running up the side of my hair, she screamed! I went home crying afraid of haven head lice. About 3 days before I told my mom my head is itchy but I thought it was my conditioner. Anyways I gold my mom about how my friend found a bug in my hair, so she checked my hair well, she said I have dandruff because eggs stick to your hair and she said my dandruff was flikin off. She said she didn't find ANY bugs! I am using nizaral but I still thinking have lice, and my mom won't check my head anymore! Idk what to do! If my friend sees more bug she will tell the whole grade... :( HELP

Posted by Optional on 04/05/2011 at 09:48

i have gotten lice from my friend for going on 3 years it used to be easy for me to get rid of it but now it's not so easy what is the problem? please help. yours truely, hopeless

Posted by rosy helon on 21/04/2011 at 02:09

i think i have nits but evry time i do a comb check theres dirt but i can feel nits on my head lyk crawling i dont know wat to doooo !!!!! have i got nits or not

Posted by Optional on 08/04/2011 at 05:03

I recently found head lice on my three daughters and myself. This is the first time we have ever dealt with lice. We all treated our hair with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. We put the vinegar on first (have to be very careful, it's strong), then put the olive oil all over our scalp and hair. Then put a plastic shower cap over our heads. We let this set for 2-3 hours. Washed the oil and vinegar out with Dawn dishwashing soap, then shampooed and conditioned like normal. I put all of their stuffed animals in trash bags. I washed all the bedding and pillows in hot water and dried them on the highest heat. Vacuumed all the mattresses, carpets, and couches, twice. I also changed the vacuum cleaner bags each time so I wouldn't pass the lice around. We also have put our pillows in the dryer every day for the past week for 30 minutes just to make sure we are not re-infesting ourselves. We all have a lot of thick hair. A friend told me to use my flat iron on our hair in tiny sections and then comb with the nit comb. I also rinsed the comb in hot water with a little Dawn and a very small amount of ammonia each time I passed the comb thru our hairs. It is very time consuming but so worth it. The whole problem with getting the lice again seems to be that the eggs that are missed hatch and find someones head to attach to and the process starts all over again. The eggs are almost impossible to kill. The only thing that really works to get rid of lice is to clean them out completely. I wish you all luck.

Posted by chloe on 09/03/2011 at 09:16

my friend has headlice shall i try and advord her

Posted by headlice on 06/03/2011 at 01:50

i don't know if i have lice becuase my mom or dad won't check. what do i do?

Posted by Meg on 22/02/2011 at 08:35

I could feel things moving on my head this morning so I got up assumed it was lice then covered my head in mayonoise any chance its anything else ?

Posted by Optional on 14/02/2011 at 10:05

i ha lice a cpuple years ago i had it for about a month i used something called RID it works really well too. also try vinager in your hair if your kids have it then put all stuffed animals in a bag.

Posted by lamb lamb on 05/02/2011 at 07:17

my 13 year old daughter has had lice for a bout a month now nad she gets so fruterated and disgusted about it..she cries and the rx treatment isnt working..any suggestions..other than shaving all of her hair off?

Posted by Tayla on 31/01/2011 at 02:51

I myself and my cousins have spotted dark read almost burgundy bumps on my head. My scalp is sometimes itchy and I don't know if it's lice or not. I have medium thick healthy black hair and it's always clean. So I know theres a good chance of my having lice. My scalp is not EXTREMELY itchy I just itch it at the odd time. It may be pimples in the scalp but I don't know. I need help.

Posted by Blah on 26/01/2011 at 10:17

I have little whit dots i pull off my sculp. And scabs on my scalp and pimples On my neck. Help. I itch alot too

Posted by Damn on 30/12/2010 at 08:10

I'm not sure if I have head lice I have lice but my head itches and sometimes when my hair falls I see the white speck on it SOMETIMES and I kinda feel bumps :(

Posted by derick colon on 23/12/2010 at 03:58

Iv'e had lice a couple times so I probaly know lots about lice.Lice is a nasty bug wich eats and lives off your scalp,which cause's you to itch.Lice is contageous and can offect peeoples scalps but you will not have to worry about it once you get the right treatment,ANYWAYS.Lice lays eggs over and over again whitch makes it hard to get rid of them right away.The instructions to know how to treat your or whom it may conserns hair is to buy a lice kit with the shampoo and the lice comb.the lice comb is small ussually blue and has small opening spaces, the shampoo has chemicals in it the poisens the hairs lice and allows them to die allmost RIGHT AWAY!.

Posted by Optional on 21/12/2010 at 10:49

i don't have head lice and my doc and mum checked a hundred times i have dandruff and i pull my hair out sometimes i have some small "bumps" on my head and that is the place i pull hair out do you have any idea whats happening to me?

Posted by blahhhhhh . on 12/12/2010 at 02:59

also .. i had head lice like 2 years ago, and im black and white so of course my hair was SO HARD to get through. I was way to embarresed to tell my mom or dad, but i found out that if you get a perm, that kills and removes ALL head lice from your head FOR GOOD:) .

Posted by Ramona on 06/10/2010 at 09:58

I've been itching for the past 3 days or so, and have had three different people check my hair and have found nothing. But when I took a shower I found what looked to be lice, but it was clear. It looked dead, but I am not sure. I haven't itched as much since I took the shower. I tried to inspect my hair on my own but found nothing. It would be nice if the site gave ways to inspect hair on your own and give a little more information about lice in general like can they be different colors or can there be just one lice that causes the itching. Do the actual eggs itch the scalp. I've had lice 2 times before this, but never itched before. Plus, I'm not sure if the cold weather could also be why my scalp itches.

Posted by blahh. on 18/09/2010 at 04:26

can you feel lice crawl in your head. cuz summtimes i feel like summthins crawlinn. i hope its not lice. cuz i have dandruff tooo. ):

Posted by Optional on 03/09/2010 at 02:53

i have 2 daughters who kept on complaining that their hair is itchy and uncomfortable then 1 night my daughter saw this little bug at first i thoguht it was bed bugs then i realized it was lice

Posted by Optional on 30/08/2010 at 05:09

i have thousands of tiny white specs on my hair. Im black. I wash my hair regularly. This started 2 years ago. I cut my hair 6 months ago but the specs have returned. What are they and how can i get rid of them?

Posted by Lisa maria on 26/08/2010 at 02:54

Heey everybody my name is lisa people have told meee lots of storys aboouut lice everysince theen i have beeen finding white stuf in my hair and my head has beeen very itchey caaan someone tell me what to do im very parinoied :(

Posted by Jordan on 24/08/2010 at 09:38

Don't nits live behind your ears?

Posted by Austin on 15/08/2010 at 05:16

guys tf i av a really icthy neck im ot sure what the hell am goi to do if i av knits or some shit does shampoo get it away i wash every day and tht dos vinager get it aay vingager is an alkaly right? :/

Posted by S---- on 06/08/2010 at 08:32

Ok. So I had lice for about 4-5 months on and off. We did get rid of it for a few weeks and then it came back 4x. We got the Rx treatment for it and I used it about 3-4 times. I was wondering why my head itched SO much (1 week after treatment but left in 10 mins than directed) So I used the comb for it and for 3. But I was scared and flung it somewhere...ANY IDEA HOW TO FINALLY GET RID OF IT??!!!

Posted by ConcernedDadAzle on 04/08/2010 at 06:36

I recently had my two youngest for a month continously. They went back to the other parent, a couple days later I stopped by and I was told to wash my bed because the two kids had lice. My question is; can they get it from a "bed", based on my reading it is head to head contact. Secondly; my children did not show any of the signs of having lice throughout the month, no itching, no bites. And I brushed my daughter's hair almost everyday, my son has a buzz cut. In addition, they swam in a very clorinated pool almost every day for hours. And I don't have lice in my hair and I sleep in the same bed and I too have a buzz cut. Help me - could they have gotten it from the other household before they came to be with me or even afterwords if someone in the other house had a bad case of it?

Posted by Optional on 31/07/2010 at 11:50

There are at home treatments that you can use instead of using the treatments OTC. I have used Licefreee Gel on my daughter and it works great! For at home treatment, you can use baby oil and a shower cap. Make sure you coat every strand of hair and scalp with baby oil and place the cap on your head. Leave this on for at least 60 minutes. NO LESS! Take off the shower cap and use a lice comb (you can buy at wal-mart or just get a flea comb for dogs, which is the same thing. It's also good to get a metal one instead of plastic.) Use this while the oil is still in your hair. Make sure to comb every strand of your hair. Once you have removed all the louse and the nits, you may wash your hair. Repeat this method in 7-10 days to ensure that all the newly hatched louse are killed as well.

Posted by Optional on 26/07/2010 at 10:16

Mix one cup vinegar and one cup mineral oil. Rub in your hair and put a shower cap on for four hours. Then wash your hair and check. This worked when I was younger. My 6 year old niece gave lice to me a couple weekends ago and since treating my hair I feel fine. And having lice doesn't mean u are dirty. Lice like clean hair so don't be mean to people if they have it.

Posted by Optional on 26/07/2010 at 08:55

SHould I shamppo for lice "in case" ? had visitors, then next day got a call that our visitors relative had a few nits...now in a panic. should one use lice shampoo to be safe ? Just in case? or should one "wait to see" if someting shows up?

Posted by Ashley on 24/07/2010 at 01:00

argghh i hate my sister! she had head lice from her friend and now suddenly my head is itching !"im sooo scared!! :( Gonna let the doctor check, hope me dont have it :D

Posted by Jessica on 22/07/2010 at 02:54

My friend said that i have head lice. But my hair was not itchy or whatever. My mother said i don't have head lice but i don't believe her, i stll believe friend? HOW? Is it i don't have head lice?

Posted by Optional on 18/07/2010 at 11:41

my little sister got lice from her friend a couple of months ago . the nurse called me down to check my head and she said i didnt have it. i have dandruff and very curly hair so i wouldnt know what to do if i still could get it. my head often gets itchy and i feel stuff on my scalp sometimes. i also dye my hair very frequently but would that kill the lice and eggs?

Posted by Em on 31/05/2010 at 10:09

I got head lice a couple years ago from children I look after. I managed to get rid off the head lice in one week. I used a lice shampoo, and continually used a nit comb on it the rest of the week. I also washed and tumbled dried all the clothes I could, and put anything I couldn't wash into bags for over a month. I changed my sheets and pillow case every other day. (washing as well...) I have coarse hair though. The girls I looked after had really fine hair, and a nit comb wouldn't work on them.

Posted by memes on 24/05/2010 at 05:37

i had lice when i was 2-5 but am 13 and i have them now why my frined give them to me.i have alot of hair alot of tell me i do and i no i do.my friend used my come and i sleeped on the same bed with her 5 times.omg am 13 old with lice.i have see people with lice at me age.i was all like *** came on people you are 13 or 14 with lice.but i didn't say anything adout them to other ppl becaues of the lice.that is just not cool.am not going to be friends with someone with lice.sorry.now i have lice and am 13 just becaues of a girl that i just meet.most people who have lie get it for people they know.i didn't fell anything in my hair tell now becaues of her.we are not friends now.i got her mad just to get her a way for me.

Posted by Optional on 24/05/2010 at 05:17

my ex friend has lice.and she asked if she could us my come and i said YES but i didn't know.then i was playing them her hair and lice alot of them like crazy!!!i have them now.we when to sleep on the same bed 4 times now.befor i now of her lice.and she just became my friend. thank god i made her mad at me and we r friends no more.i didn't what to tell her that we could not be friends becaues of her lice.

Posted by Anna on 15/05/2010 at 06:38

My hair always looks greasy. Even when i wash my hair, after it is dry, it still looks greasy. Could this mean that i have lice?

Posted by CE-CE on 13/05/2010 at 04:56

WHAT IS HEAD LICE

Posted by me on 03/05/2010 at 04:08

someone in my class has lice! I really dont want to get lice!

Posted by Optional on 01/05/2010 at 10:22

the easy way to tell if u have head lice is if u scratch ur scalp and see what comes out if anthing white or black comes out inspect it, if its black it should look like a little dried up raisin. that means eggs have hat hed, therefore u have head lice

Posted by Optional on 23/04/2010 at 02:11

i hope i dont have head lice, idk how to tell but i do itch a lot & i have dandruff but i am crying i dont have red bumps or scabs or nits...actually i have people brush through my hair all the time and would they be able to see it?

Posted by C.J on 18/04/2010 at 09:28

I have a frequently itch head, and i know i have dandruff, but idk if it might be lice also... i sometimes find brownish like lite caremel colored ovals, and idk if maybe its dirt, product scabs or lice.

Posted by SO-SCARED! :O on 14/04/2010 at 02:09

OMG! I just found out that my neighbor has lice. The doctor found 20 live larvae in his head I'm going to the doctor tomorrow to find out if I have it! WISH ME LUCK!

Posted by Optional on 07/04/2010 at 02:17

Are the nits like soft looking? Like when u scrub your hair those the nits look like milk in you hand or something like that? Or like some type of milky white stuff? Is that what it looks like?

Posted by Anonymous on 25/03/2010 at 09:30

I'm a college student and very worried that I have lice. I haven't been around anyone that I know who is infected, but my head has been itchy lately. It's mostly on the top of my scalp, not the back of the neck and behind the ears like all the guides say. I also have very sensetive skin and sometimes have issues with shampoos, etc. I'm just really worried. Does it itch all day? Or only during certain times?my hair looks clean and I can't see any nits, but it's hard to see the back of my head. I don't to get any friends involved in helping me look because it could cause a campus-wide panic. I'm just worried. Anyone with advice?

Posted by Anonymous on 16/03/2010 at 12:47

my 7 year old daughter had lice for a month straight and we didnt know it we saw that she was itching her head like crazy and took her to the doctors they did say she had lice and to use some perscription shampoo to get rid of it get some in home lice killer and clean the heads of every one and also inform the school. we did all this and my daughter is now 15 and we havent had any problems since .

Posted by sofiem on 04/03/2010 at 02:48

I think i have lice but im not sure... i have irrattion on the back of my kneck, my head itches like crazy, and my friends found something that looked alot like a brown bug... also they found eggs but im not sure if their reliable. But i also have reammy bad dandruff so i cant really tell. Also i have a knot in the back of my hair that is very close to the roots that ive been managing to get out but it keeps coming back. What does this mean/ please help.

Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2010 at 08:11

i have had head lice before, & if you have head lice i reccomend using "Rid" it takes time but works well. been there done thatt :P

Posted by Kait on 23/01/2010 at 06:29

Umm my hair well i have curly hair and i have dandruff i think its all were my root is and it comes out when i pull it out with my fingers but the back of my neck still itches and then my sclap has this ussing puss come out and then my hair get clumpy

Posted by ashley on 04/01/2010 at 09:44

i am very scared i have lice

Posted by Callie on 22/11/2009 at 10:13

Ugh I'm not sure if I have headlice or not...I have itching, but it seems to be less when I use extra powerful dandruff shampoo. I also have little red dots on my head, but my dad said their just ingrown hir and I should stop being a hypocondract or whatever. I have a lice comb from earlier incidents in my earlier years of life, (about 6 or 7) and I will use that to help look. Thanks for this article!

Posted by Cynthia on 13/11/2009 at 12:31

How do u know if lice is dandruff or not?

Posted by Anonymous on 28/09/2009 at 11:40

I went to visit cousins and after we got home we recieved a call from my aunt saying that one of our cousins had lice. I had my hair tied in pigtails the whole visit, but we did hug. Now I keep thinking I am experiencing itching, but it may be because I am paranoid.

Posted by Anonymous on 22/09/2009 at 02:21

My girls have had lice before and I didnt want to put chemicals on thier little heads so I did an experiment. I got a cup of lemon juice and put the louse in it. It died after about 15 min! So now I put lemon juice on the head and wrap in a plasic bag and let them play outside with their "hats" on for as long as they can stand it. It works for us!

Posted by Melanie on 27/08/2009 at 10:29

Does anyone have an at home treatment that will actually get rid of my lice?

Posted by .. on 03/08/2009 at 11:48

i just got itches on ma head and can feel bumps buh iv had head lice b4 and eliminated it buh jusz worrieed if it has cme back!!

Posted by Anonymous on 11/06/2009 at 04:32

I had lice last summer and It didnt itch. I was infested. I was staying with my cousins they didn't get it because there hair was always in some hairspray gel, etc. BE AWARE CATS AND DOGS CAN GET LICE TO I SAW IT ON ANIMAL COPS. If you have a swimming pool and someone swims in it who has lice you have to shock your pool right away and get them out of your pool. Just because of the cloreen doesn't mean lice cant live in it. Aouther home remedy is MAYO but leave it in for a while!!!

Posted by PLEASE NO LICE! on 14/04/2009 at 02:23

I had lice 2 years ago, and I have the most wild insane curly hair ever, so it was a nightmare. I just found out that my friend has lice, and i am very worried! How can I tell the difference between nits and dandruff? My head has not been itchy, should i still be worried

Posted by mary on 03/03/2009 at 11:40

i am itchey on head and neck and ears behind them i maen

Posted by Antoney on 19/01/2009 at 10:29

I never thought head lice could be so discreet, in washing my son's hair you couldn't see them, until, the Nurse sent him home from school. Resultz worked very well, however you have to use a nit comb, and you could see these eggs up close. As well as the live ones, they are brownish colour, the eggs of course are white. hopefully this treatment works.

Posted by Anonymous on 20/12/2008 at 02:59

ive been fighting lice for years

Posted by kayla on 19/12/2008 at 11:26

i never kenw who to get rid of lice it was amazing i got rid of my cozins headlice with olv oil and porolem jelly and floer let it sit for a half hour

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Fascinating facts

In the UK, each month 20% of hairdressing salons see head lice in a client's hair

An estimated 5% of the UK population has head lice

Each year in the UK, the NHS and the general public together spend £29 million on head lice treatments

'Lousy', 'nitwit', 'nit-picking', 'nitty-gritty', 'go through something with a fine-tooth comb' - all these phrases come from lice

The average person with head lice has about 20 lice. During their 30-day life, 20 lice will lay 2652 eggs (Lancet 2003;361:99-100)

After mating, a female head louse keeps spare sperm in a special container in her body (spermatotheca), so that she does not have to bother with mating again, but can use the sperm she has kept (Lancet 2003;361:99-100)

Head lice are fairly speedy. They can move at 23 cm per minute (Lancet 2003;361:99-100)

Head lice have probably been annoying humans for at least 72 000 years (New Scientist 2003;23 Aug)

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