Head lice are small biting insects that are spread by direct contact. This means that the cause of a head lice infestation is sharing items like hairbrushes that are infested with life, or direct head-to-head contact wit... More »

Remedies for head lice include over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and home remedies such as wet combing and essential oils, according to Mayo Clinic. Care must be taken to avoid side effects. More »

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Lice and nits can be identified when an affected individual experiences itchiness on certain parts of the body where lice are commonly found, such as on the scalp; nits (the insects' eggs) may be visible on hair shafts o... More »

Thorough elimination of lice infestations is often difficult due to the insects' increased natural resistance to over-the-counter treatments and the frequency with which they reappear following treatment. Methods that wo... More »

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A head louse has a life cycle of three stages: egg, nymph and adult. Difficult to see, nits are lice eggs and are often mistaken for dandruff or hair product. Adult female lice lay nits at the base of a hair shaft close ... More »

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The life cycle of the head louse lasts 47 to 51 days from the time the egg is laid through adulthood. Adult head lice can live up to 30 days while on their host but only 48 hours if separated from the host. More »

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To check for head lice, part the hair to check the scalp for scabbing or sores, look for moving lice, and look for nits. Next, saturate the hair with conditioner, and comb through it with a specially designed nit comb. Y... More »

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