8 Symptoms of Lice

Most people are familiar with the basics of lice, knowing that they spread from person to person. It is very common for children to spread the small parasites among themselves, especially in school. They are very small parasites, not so small that they cannot be seen, which typically live on human heads. They survive by creating their homes in the scalp, biting the tender skin and sucking very small amounts of blood from it.

The spreading occurs mainly through head-to-head contact; often happening from hugging or lying down on the same pillow. One adult louse can survive off of a human head for a full day; therefore, they can also be spread by hats or brushes, yet it is less likely. Lice are also known to lay their eggs in the hair of their hosts, starting the cycle again.

1. Itching

When people think of lice, the first thought is usually about the extreme itchiness that it causes to anyone that may have it. Itching is the most telltale sign of lice. The reason that it occurs is because the parasite will bite the skin, causing it to have an allergic reaction. Lice are most commonly found on the scalp, within the hair, and that is where the itchiness will be noticeable.

While this itchiness is the most commonly thought of symptom of lice, it is important to know that sometimes the itchiness may not be noticeable right away. Some people don’t experience itchiness until after the small parasites have been present for some time; this and other symptoms can sometimes take up to six weeks to be present after the infestation begins.