The most common symptom of Head lice is itching. A louse bites the scalp and can cause an allergic reaction that causes the itch. Some people do not itch at all so this should not be the only symptom to look for. There are also other scalp conditions that can cause itching (eczema, dandruff, or an allergy to a new shampoo or hair product), so itching alone does not automatically mean you have head lice. Therefore, it is important to know how to check for head lice.
- You could experience a tickling feeling like something is moving on the head.
- There could also be sores on the scalp, from itching, which is another sign.
- You may notice difficulty sleeping, or red bumps/rash on the back of the head and neck.
To check for head lice, you will want to part the hair in sections and look at the scalp in a brightly lit room (outside day light is the best light to use), a magnifying glass will help as well:
Look for tiny eggs (nits) glued on the hair shaft very close to the scalp. Depending on the hair color, these could look yellowish, brown, or even red. The best way to tell if it is in fact a nit is trying to remove it. If you can remove it very easily just by brushing your fingers over it, it is not a nit. But, if you have to physically remove it with your fingernail all the way off the hair shaft, it is probably a nit. Nits are most commonly laid behind the ears, nape of the neck and all along the tiny “baby” hairs around the face.
You should invest in a Terminator Nit Comb ($15). These combs are the best on the market, removing up to 85% of everything in the head. Combing through the hair with one of these will detect any lice bugs in the hair. Make sure when you comb, you are scraping the scalp, this is generally where the bugs are. If you miss the scalp, you can potentially miss the bugs. Adult lice will be no bigger than a sesame seed or a grain of rice and a nymph (baby lice) will be even smaller, about the size of a pen tip, making them extremely difficult to see. They will be different colors depending on the color of hair, as they camouflage themselves and move very fast.
If you think you have found Head Lice, you will want to call a Professional Lice Treatment Salon (www.comberskc.com) and schedule a head check. A trained and certified head lice technician will know immediately if you do in fact have head lice, and can give you the best options for treatment. Early detection is key to treating it and stopping it from spreading to others.
Please do not use a chemical based product that contains pesticides. These products are no longer effective can be extremely harmful. Lindane and Permethrin are synthetic insecticides that are highly toxic and banned in other countries. They have been linked to several health conditions, including asthma, autism and even cancer. You will find that most over the counter products and prescription medicines used to treat head lice, contain one or both of these ingredients. Not only are they potentially harmful, but the lice have built up a resistance to these ingredients, making them less effective.
Combers KC is the only licensed salon in the Kansas City area that can help with head lice treatment and prevention options. We not only offer treatment for head lice that’s guaranteed, we can help detect, prevent, and answer questions regarding head lice. We want to help educate families about head lice treatment and prevention methods so together we can stop the spread.
For more information, please contact Combers KC at (913) 451-COMB (2662) or visit our website: www.comberskc.com