Symptoms of lice
The symptoms of lice include; moderate to serious itchiness of the scalp, mites appearing on the scalp and stickiness followed closely by head scratching and feeling of tickling sensations on the scalp, loss of sleep, white specks on the hair, yellow or tan spots on hair shafts. All of these symptoms are rare for children without head lice and should be easy to notice the behavioral change although it might take some time.
It should also be noted that some of these symptoms could be caused by several other problems not lice related. The only sure test for lice is using a magnifying glass and a bright light source. If you shine light on hair near the scalp and some small parasites scatter, you are dealing with head lice. Here is what lice looks like in case you are wondering what you will be looking for before removing lice.
How to identify hair lice
But how can you be sure if it is lice or not? Because irritation can be caused by a number of other conditions of the scalp like dandruff, there is only one way to find out. Knowing what the vermin looks like and what their eggs are like. Their usual hangout joins are behind the ears and close to the scalp. Here is what the family looks like. This light phobia of theirs is what aids Atl head lice removal experts use to detect them. To discover them, you will need a bright light source, a comb and a magnifying glass.
- Adult lice
About the size of a sesame seed, these creepy vermin can grow up to 3 mm and are truly scary in every way. They are greyish white in color but they can be disguised by brownish grease and dirt. You can tell it’s not dirt if it moves when you shine a light on it! Simply use a comb to separate your child’s hair exposing a bit of the scalp and then shine a light on it.
- Nits ( meet the eggs)
Lice eggs cannot move but you can tell them apart from dirt by their yellow or white appearance although they may camouflage with your hair color making them hard to spot. What you can do to tell them apart from grease is to try and remove them with a brush. They stick like glue while dirt is easily removable- that is the difference.
- Nymphs (the babies)
As expected, these too are blood suckers and are afraid of the light. They might be harder to spot while younger but after about 12 days they are fully grown!
Should you spot lice on you kid, the best thing to do is not to panic as the condition is highly treatable. Next you should check your other kids, your partner and yourself and pretty much everyone that has had contact with patient zero. Next is to find an Atl head lice removal service and call for help from them.