As is our new tradition of HALA TGIF, we spotted this fantastic picture illustration of what trying to pick out head louse used to look like some many many years ago! 🙂
10 Basics you need to know about Head Lice
1. Its botanical name is Pediculus humanus capitis
2. Head lice (plural of Louse) are tiny parasitic insects with well developed claws and foot but wingless and lives on exclusively human scalp where they feed on blood
3. It is very common- especially among children and teenager
4. A really annoying feature of Head lice is that they spread very easily from person to person, typically by personal contact from shared combs and brushes.
5. Their bites and crawls on the scalp is responsible for the itchiness, which can easily cause scalp irritation and/or secondary infection
6. Head lice are pretty harmless because they do not carry any disease unlike the vector Body Louse
7. The louse is typically visible on the scalp alongside with its eggs which clings to the hair strands
8. Historically, patiently searching for the louse and its eggs all over the scalp were the only way to effectively get rid of it
9. In our present day, simple use of specialized shampoos to wash the hair suffices to eradicate them.
10. For prevention after proper treatment, simply “de-louse” all used brushes and combs by soaking in boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes.