Every parent’s nightmare is hearing the words ‘head lice’ from their child’s school teacher or caregiver. In many cases however, these pesky critters can usually be eliminated by means of organic lice treatment products. When it comes to treating this condition, there are a few head lice symptoms that are easier to spot than others. Once these have been identified, the treatment process can begin.
Itching and Discomfort
Although it is often thought that itching is the only symptom associated with a lice infestation, this is not always the case. Head lice symptoms can also include general discomfort as the little critters move about and lay their eggs on your scalp. If the infestation becomes serious, it can even prevent you from getting a good night’s rest, which in turn can lead to you becoming restless and irritable. If you notice that you are scratching your scalp more than usual, it may be a good idea to run a fine-toothed comb through your hair to see if any lice or eggs are present.
Red Bumps or Sores on the Neck or Scalp
Another of the more common head lice symptoms to look out for is the presence of small red bumps on and around the scalp and neck area. This is usually an indication of being bitten by these unpleasant creatures. If these bumps are scratched too often, they can become scabby and infected quite quickly. While these symptoms may be associated with a lice infestation, they can sometimes be caused by eczema or an allergic reaction to chemical-based hair care products. This is why it is important to inspect the scalp and hair carefully when these bumps first appear.
White Spots on the Hair and Scalp
One of the most common head lice symptoms is the presence of tiny white spots that seem to stick to the hair follicles and scalp. These are the eggs or nits as they are more commonly known, and they are often mistaken for dandruff flakes or eczema. One of the best ways to see if these are in fact nits is to examine the hair and scalp in a well-lit area. Once you have determined that they are lice eggs, you will need to part the hair and comb it in sections with a very fine-toothed comb. This will help remove the eggs, and washing the hair afterwards with an organic lice treatment shampoo will help remove existing eggs and lice from the head.
How Head Lice is Spread
In most instances, head lice is spread from one person to another through physical contact or the sharing of personal items such as hair brushes, hats and bedding. Children are especially susceptible to infestation, and contrary to popular belief, head lice symptoms are not only experienced by people who do not practice good hygiene. In fact, research has shown that lice are able to adhere themselves to clean hair far more easily than to unwashed hair.
Once you have identified these head lice symptoms, it is usually relatively easy and painless to eliminate these pesky critters from your scalp. It is important, however, to ensure that you use a chemical-free product that will not further irritate your scalp.