Knowing the lifecycle of lice is very important. Many treatments do not kill the lice eggs, so by knowing the life cycle of head lice you can make sure treatment is successful.
Head lice, also called pediculus humanus capitis,are the most common type of lice. Head lice are parasitic insects that are found on people’s heads. Having head lice is very common. It is estimated that 6-12 million people in the USA get head lice every year. It is not considered a serious disease, but is embarrassing to have and can cause uncomfortable itching. Lice are also known as louse.
Fortunately, there is a very safe and effective lice cure. It is all natural, contains no harsh chemicals, and kills all lice and their eggs (nits) in just one application. For information on the best hair lice cure, follow this link to the Fairy Tales Lice Removal Kit. For additional information about lice, please continue reading.
We will not go over the lifecycle of lice, and then the signs and symptoms, and prevention.
Lifecycle Of Lice
The life cycle of head lice is as follows: Adult female lice lay eggs, called nits. These nits are firmly attached to the base of the hair shaft, closest to the scalp. The nits are often confused for dandruff. After a week or so, the nit hatches into a baby louse called a nymph. Nymph’s look like adult louses, but are smaller. They become an adult in 10 days, and as an adult live for about 30 days. To live, nymphs and adult lice must feed on blood. If the louse falls off a person and cannot feed, it will die within 2 days.
The life cycle of head lice is very short. However, in their lifetime, female lice can lay 120-180 eggs.
Who Can Get Lice
Anyone can get lice. You are at greatest risk of getting hair lice if you come into close contact with someone who already has head lice. Head to head contact is the most common way to get lice, however, you can also get it from contact with an infected persons clothing (such as hat, coat, scarves, hair ribbon) or other personal items (such as a brush, comb or a towel). Head lice cannot jump or fly.
Young children, ages 3-10, and their families are most often infested. Girls get lice more often then boys, and women more often than men. A person’s degree of cleanliness or personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Hair Lice Symptoms
While, some people have no symptoms, most people will have some or all of the following symptoms:
- Frequent feeling of something moving in their hair.
- Nits that look like whitish shells are found attached to the base of hair strands near the scalp.
- Scalp itching that is caused by an allergic reaction to the lice bites.
- Red sores that can become infected if repeatedly scratched.
Where Are Head Lice Found
During the life cycle of head lice, they can be found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the hairline at the neck. They are rarely found in eyelashes, eyebrows or on the body. They are difficult to see, and can change color to match the host hair.
Now that we have gone over general information and the lifecycle of lice, it is important to discuss treatment.
Head Lice Cure
We have been recommending a lice cure for several years now. It is all-natural, and begins to work in just 7 minutes. It stops the itching, and kills the lice and their eggs. The manufacturer is so confident in the product that they give a full money back guarantee. For more information on the best lice cure, follow this link to the Fairy Tales Lice Removal Kit.
In addition to lice treatment, all household members should be checked for lice and nits. Also, the infected persons bed linens and clothing should be washed in hot water. Non-washable items like stuffed animals should be put in plastic bags for 2 weeks, and then opened outside. Combs and brushes should be soaked in alcohol or hot water for 5 minutes. The water should be at least 131°F or 55°C.
If you have any questions about the lifecycle of lice, please contact us. If you need additional information on the life cycle of head lice, please let us know.