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Signs and symptoms of head lice

  • Itchy scalp.
  • Scratching: Continuous scratching causes the scalp and in some cases, the back of a person’s neck, to redden and become irritated.
  • Some people get a feeling of something crawling through their hair and on their scalp.
  • Presence of small bugs crawling on the hair, skin, or clothing.
  • Presence of eggs: These eggs are tiny, about the size of a pinhead, and not very easy to see with the eyes. The eggs could be yellow, brown, or tan, and usually, are found glued to the head. When eggs hatch, clear shells can be seen among the hair.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Pink eye: It is a common eye infection in most cases of head lice.

Head lice aren’t the only cause of an itchy scalp, as other head diseases such as dandruff and eczema could cause the scalp to itch. You could have head lice and not feel any itch, as it could take some weeks after the appearance of the lice for an itch to develop on the scalp.

For counsel and recommendations based on the above signs and symptoms, contact Clear Skin London. Visit our Dermatology clinic in London today or call 020 71833648.

Who is at risk of getting head lice?

Head lice can affect anybody, although children in preschool and elementary school bear the likeliest chance of getting head lice.

  • These lice are carried by the children and spread to their parents and teachers and caretakers, and other adults at home and community.
  • Most young girls tend to have more head-to-head contact than boys, and so girls become more susceptible to getting head lice.