Head lice are tiny parasites that feed on blood from the scalp and reproduce by laying their eggs in the hair. According to the CDC, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. Because lice spread easily through direct contact, they are commonly found in schoolchildren and often spread to families through contact and play.
It can take up to six weeks for people with lice to experience symptoms, but common symptoms include:
- Itching on the scalp, neck and ears.
- Tickling feeling of movement in hair.
- Sores on the head caused by scratching.
- Lice on the scalp may be visible, but difficult to see.
Here are a few ways to prevent the spread of lice:
- Do not share items that touch the head such as hairbrushes, towels, earbuds, scarves and hats.
- Avoid activities that involve head- to-head contact.
If you suspect your child has lice, we can help. Our doctors may recommend a certain shampoo or other over- the- counter medication. Visit www.americanfamilycare.com to find an American Family Care near you, because AFC is all you need!