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PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE)


What is it?

Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp of human beings. Head lice can be found on the hair very close to the scalp, behind the ears, back of the neck or behind the bangs. The saliva from head lice may cause itching. Head lice are a nuisance, but rarely cause health problems. They have nothing to do with lack of cleanliness.

How is it spread?

Anyone can get head lice. They are very common among school-aged children or children attending day care. They spread mainly through direct head to head (hair-to-hair) contact or through indirect contact from items such as shared hats, combs, hairbrushes, hair accessories and headphones. They don’t fly or hop, but they crawl very quickly. Head lice can’t live on pets, such as cats and dogs.

What do I look for?

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July 4, 2016