lice infestation or louse infestation


lice infestation or louse infestation

*Head lice infection is very common in
school going children

*The scientific name for head louse is
Pediculus humanus capitis.

*lice infestation is infestation of the
head hair or scalp by head lice.This might lead
to itching in the scalp from the bite of the lice.
This is one of
the symptoms of head lice. Another is the
feeling of the louse crawling on the head. Some people are
allergic to the saliva of the head louse.

*Head lice are parasites which suck blood from the scalp
 and usually live in the hair of the head of humans and
 some other animals which have warm blood.

*The eggs of head lice are called nits.
This might be the origin for the word nitpicker ( who
 thoroughly searches for nits) who searches for and
tries to find faults even in small things.

*The eggs or nits are laid by female head lice and are usually
glued to the hair close to the scalp. The nits are oval
in shape.

*Many people want to know how long it will take
for the eggs of head lice to hatch and they are curious
about the life cycle of a louse.

 The eggs or nits take about 8 to 10 days to hatch and
 it takes a further 10 days for the new lice.
to mature and mate before it can lay eggs if it is a female.

A louse can lay eggs for many days after a single  fertilization .
The life span of a louse is usually about 30 days.

*Many people worry about how to get rid of the head lice
and the eggs of lice from their hair

*The immature form of a head louse which has just hatched
is called a nymph.

*The plural of louse is lice.[ Singular form is louse ]

Many people do not know that the plural form of louse
is lice and that the louse is the singular form of lice and
wonder about the definition of a louse.

An unpleasant person is also sometimes referred
to as  
a louse and botching up some activity is
sometimes referred to as lousing it up.

*Female louse are usually larger than the male louse.

Head lice are usually more active in the dark
than when it is bright.

*Head louse usually cannot jump from person to person
and are usually spread by direct contact with
the hair of an infected person and to a lesser extent
also by sharing clothing with an infected person.

*Many people worry about how to get rid of
the head lice and the eggs of lice from their hair  and
start to think about home remedies to get rid of
head louse and their eggs  permanently and
very fast from their hair within a day or two. After
getting rid of the head louse, they have to
worry about keeping the head louse away

*Some people think tea tree oil ( TTO) is a repellant
 against head lice, but it is not recommended for use
in small children as it might cause allergies or
 irritate the skin .

*Tea tree oil  (TTO) is thought to be toxic
when taken orally.

*Some people use a lot of oil on their hair and
cover their hair with a shower cap for some time
and comb their hair after that to get rid of the nits.

*A fine toothed comb after applying oil
is very effective against
head lice.
Vaseline is not usuallyrecommended as
it can be sticky and hard to remove from the hair.

 *In the old days old women would usually
 seat their grandchildren on their lap and
take out the head louse one by one patiently.

*Some people recommend a mixture of salt
and vinegar as a home remedy to kill off head louse.

*The above are some of the common home remedies
for head lice.

*It is usually a misconception that dirty people
are more likely to have
head lice than clean people.


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