- intense itching of the scalp
- tiny red bumps scalp, neck, or shoulders (may become crusty)
- tiny white specks that are hard to get off (lice eggs or nits)
What is it? Tiny insects that live on the skin and depending on where you can have:
- Head Lice
- Body Lice
- Pubic Lice
How do you get it? It is very contagious! You get it by:
- close contact with someone who has it
- touching clothing or bedding of someone who has it
- sharing brushes, combs, hats, towels with someone who has it
How do you treat it?
- lotions and shampoos either over the counter or if necessary prescription by your doctor
- remove nits with metal comb
- wash all clothing, bedsheets, etc in hot water with deteregent
- vacuum and cover furniture for 2 weeks
- need to notify schools/churches/gyms so other children can be examined otherwise infection may recur
Complications? Sometimes you can a secondary infection from scratching too much. You can use benadryl for itching. Call your doctor if experience redness/pain at the skin sites and an antibiotic may get prescribed.
At the end of the day, it is harmless and it does not mean poor hygiene. However, it is a bit of a pain to treat. I'll be happy lice hunting for these next few days I suppose...