Finding out that you or your children have lice can be an extremely frustrating thing to learn; when you think about all the missed days at school, having to arrange a babysitter, taking days off of work and perhaps even cancelling family vacations and trips, you realize that there must be a better way to deal with a lice infestation that doesn’t involve testing a large number of home remedies or playing Russian roulette with prescription medication. Fortunately, there is a better way to treat a lice problem and that is ClearLice; a line of natural lice treatment products that have been shown to be extremely effective when it comes to treating and preventing a lice infestation.
Head Lice Symptoms
Before we can think about getting rid of lice, we need to be familiar with the most common symptoms associated with a head lice infestation in order to determine whether or not we are dealing with lice. Unfortunately, we have discovered that this is a very difficult step for most people, as it is not always clear whether or not lice and eggs are present in the hair. In this article, we have created some very basic guidelines that will hopefully help parents identify a head lice case in order to determine the best course of action.
Perhaps, the most commonly associated head lice symptom is the constant itching that we get on our scalp. Although this symptom is present is usually present, it is important to know that a head itch is not always caused by head lice; in fact a head itch could be caused by dandruff, dry skin, eczema and a large number of scalp and hair conditions that are diagnosed and treated differently.
It is important to consider the fact that the scalp and hair will still need to be scrutinized to rule out the possibility of being infested with these creepers. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that some people will not feel the itch at all; especially if this is a light infestation, and it might take up to six weeks until patients start noticing the symptoms.
If your small ones have complained about an itch that simply won’t go away, it is perhaps a good idea to get a magnifying glass that can help you identify these parasites. Place your kid under a bright lamp or natural light (some people prefer to use an UV lamp, as it will highlight white particles) and use the magnifying glass to look at any foreign bodies in the scalp or hair of your child. Remember that when looking for head lice, there are two things that will easily help us identify a louse; the first one is the three pairs of legs located to the sides of the thorax. The top legs will usually point upwards, the middle legs will points towards the outside of the louse’s body and the bottom legs will point downwards. With a magnifying glass it might also be easy to identify the claw located in each leg.
The other thing to look for when trying to accurately identify a louse is the seven sections of its thorax and while it might be difficult to count these sections using nothing but a magnifying glass, if you are able to at least see different sections of the louse’s body then you can safely assume that you are dealing with a lice infestation.
The Spread of Lice
Remember, as soon as lice find a new host, they will lay their eggs right away. These eggs (also called nits) are the egg casings and are usually attached to the hair strands in the section closest to the scalp. Generally speaking, they are oval-shaped, though some patients may take the liberty of describing them as round and a clear white (almost transparent) color. As the hair grows, the nit will move further up the hair’s shaft.
One of the main problems when it comes to identifying nits is the fact that they can easily be confused with other particles and specs typically found in the human hair such as dust particles, dandruff, dry skin and even shampoo residue. However, you can easily clear any doubts by removing an individual strand of hair from the scalp and use a magnifying glass, you can quickly determine whether or not this is a nit.
As you can see, while the symptoms of a head lice infestation are pretty easy to identify, this might be somewhat difficult to do if you’re not sure what to look for. Hopefully, the advice on this article will help you diagnose and prevent future head lice cases.
Treating Head Lice
If and when you do determine that you are dealing with a case of head lice, it is important to treat the head and hair immediately. ClearLice head lice treatment products are natural and guaranteed to get rid of lice and nits in one day. Try to ClearLice today and be lice-free tomorrow!