How to Tell Lice

Most adults would not be willing to share that they have lice because it would come out as if they are not clean people or they come from dirty neighborhoods. Parents also, would not be willing to share that their children have lice because they think that their parenting would be questioned. Nevertheless, there is no shame in admitting that one has lice because we don’t always have control over how some things get to us. This is one of those cases where “a problem shared is a problem half solved”. If you suspect that your children or you have lies, here are some guidelines to determine the truth and how to deal with it.

Types of Lice

Most people are only familiar with head lice but there are also body lice and pubic lice. Head lice are mostly found on the scalp, ears, and neck. Body lice will mostly be discovered on the skin, clothes, or the bed. Pubic lice, often referred to as crabs, well, are found in the pubic region. It is challenging checking for head lice yourself. It is best to have someone else help you. If your privacy is that important, ask either a close friend or relative for help. Nevertheless, if you really must do it yourself, click here to learn how to check for lice on your own head.

Signs that One Has Lice

They are all lice; I can see them!

The surest sign that one has lice is when one can clearly see and identify them. They are translucent whitish or grayish tiny insects with three pairs of legs.

Bites, Itchy and Scratchy

If one’s head is itchy or one finds oneself scratching one’s head often, chances are that one may have lice. The same is also true for the pubic region or other body parts. Furthermore, if one discovers what seems to be bites on the scalp or other body parts, and are itchy, that may also be a sign. Please note, however, bites on other body parts could also be signs of bed bugs or mosquitoes (if one is in a region with mosquitoes). Do not jump to conclusions. Do a thorough search to be sure.


Nits are simply lice eggs. They are whitish in color and will be found on the hair, roughly a centimeter from the scalp. They are often tough to remove, even with combing. If one discovers such on the head, then chances are that lice may be present.

Unidentified Movement on the Scalp, Skin, or Pubic Area

If one is sensitive enough to sense movement on one’s scalp, body, or pubic area, chances are that those are lice having fun in those regions. One should take a closer look to determine what is really going on.

How to Check for Lice

This method essentially applies to the scalp.

First, wet the hair. The mobility of lice is significantly reduced when the hair is wet. This will prevent them from moving about willy-nilly. Next

Using a comb with thin teeth or a lice comb, separate regions of the hair to reveal the scalp and use a flashlight or do this step under a bright source of light for a clear view. If they are present, you will see them moving about. Remember that they are not fond of light, if you are not keen, you may miss them because they move fast and they are rather small. Also, watch out for nits, and be careful not to mistake them for dandruff. You can acquire a lice comb from a pharmacy near you.

Another method is to use wood’s lamp (a special light that will turn nits to blue) if you can get one. If in possession of one, just point the light to the suspected region and watch carefully for unwanted elements.

Getting Rid Of Them

If you discover something and are sure, it’s lice, just visit a pharmacy or your doctor and let them know about the situation. They will prescribe a special shampoo that has the formula to get rid of them. Ensure you follow the instructions given for the best results. Moreover, see to it that you thoroughly clean anything that could have gotten in contact with them. Seek advice from your physician on how to ensure that you thoroughly get rid of the lice from your home for good. Remember to confirm that the lice are completely gone and that your home is completely lice free.

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