What is Head Lice

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Head lice are a common problem, especially in children. They are highly contagious and difficult to get rid off. Let’s look at the details of this parasite.

Head Lice

Head lice is an unfortunate condition that occurs when the simple species of head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis, infests the scalp hair of humans. This uncomfortable condition is very complicated because lice can spread very quickly and multiply, thereby infesting the hair of people around you.

Humans are the only known species affected by head lice, although some species of primates have the problem with related species of the louse. The thing is, head lice are actually harmless, and with the exception of the irritation and secondary symptoms of excessive scratching at the scalp, they do no harm. They are tiny arthropods that live off human blood by attaching to the scalp hair and feeding off the rich supply of blood near the skin

Woman looking for lice in a child's hair

Fortunately, the rapidity with which head lice can spread has resulted in eradication techniques that are universally accepted and used. Almost every culture in the world that experiences head lice have their own unique solutions for solving this irritating problem, but there are certain methods that seem more widely available and used. The techniques are used to suffocate the lice and then remove them from the scalp without having to remove any hair.

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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