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Head Lice: Symptoms and Treatment

Head lice, contrary to popular belief, are not attracted to people or children with poor personal hygiene. They also don’t carry diseases. Anyone can get head lice, although infestations are more common in children.

Symptoms of Head Lice

The most common head lice symptoms include the following:

  • Difficulty sleeping (lice are nocturnal insects)
  • Intensely itchy scalp
  • Small scalp sores from scratching
  • Nits or lice eggs in the hair
  • The feeling of something moving in the hair or over the scalp

Causes of Head Lice Infestation

Head lice infestation typically happens via head-to-head contact with someone who already has lice. This can happen while playing, hugging, or sharing a bed. Lice can’t jump or fly, which means they crawl from one person to another. Infestations are also not caused by pets since lice only feed on human blood.

Diagnosing a Head Lice Infestation

Head lice aren’t always easy to spot, but a fine-toothed comb can help make them visible in parted hair. Nits cling to hair shafts, while adult lice crawl over the scalp and avoid bright light. It is not necessary to visit a doctor for a mild infestation. But if scratching causes scalp sores, a medical opinion will shed light on how to prevent infection.

Treating a Head Lice Infestation

Treating head lice infestation usually requires a 1% permethrin shampoo. This will kill adult lice and help rid the hair of nits. If the shampoo doesn’t work, prescription medications may help. It is essential to comb wet hair with a fine-toothed comb to remove remaining lice and nits. Do this in conjunction with medication for the best results. Check the hair every three days to ensure the lice and nits are gone.

Preventing Head Lice

Preventing head lice includes avoiding head-to-head contact. It also requires not sharing personal items like hats, scarves, and hair accessories. School-going children must have regular hair checks to spot lice and nits to prevent a full-blown infestation.

Visit Legacy ER & Urgent Care for Head Lice Treatment

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Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072 and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247