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Head Lice Infestation
 

Head lice infestation is a condition caused by presence of parasitic insect pediculus humanus capitis or the head louse in the hair and scalp of human beings.

Causes

  • Head to head contact with an infested person
  • Sharing hairbrushes and combs with infested person
  • Sharing hats and clothes with infested person
  • Using the same bed and pillows as the infested person

Symptoms

  • Excessive itching of the scalp
  • White dandruff like nits in the hair which are difficult to remove
  • Tiny insect like lice moving in the hair on close observation

Treatment

  • Medicated shampoos
  • Medicated creams or lotions
  • Nit combs

Prevention

  • Avoid head to head contact with an infested person
  • Avoid sharing personal things like combs, beddings, towels or clothes with an infested person