A head lice infestation occurs on the scalp and is caused by the head louse, an insect approximately the size of a sesame seed. Head lice are seen mostly in child care settings and among school-aged children and are highly contagious.
Head lice are found worldwide and are transmitted by close body contact or sharing of items such as clothes, headwear, brushes, combs, blow-dryers and hair accessories. Head lice feed on the blood of the host. Female lice lay egg capsules (nits) attached to hair shafts.
Common symptoms of a head lice infestation include:
Head lice and their nits are highly treatable. At UCLA Dermatology, we recommend the following treatment options:
Our dermatologists also recommend the following home care:
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