Lice make a pinprick like puncture on the scalp, emit an anti clotting substance and feed on blood.Updated: Jun 21, 2003 19:52 IST
Lice are tiny insects that live on the human scalp and suck blood to nourish themselves. Lice make a pinprick like puncture on the scalp, emit an anti clotting substance and feed on the blood.
Lice thrive on unclean hair. Children are especially prone to lice infestation. Lice spread from one head to another when there is close contact as in school environments.
Lice eggs are wrapped in a shiny white sheath and these show up on the upper layers of hair as the infestation increases. They make the scalp itchy and are a cause of annoyance and embarrassment.
In infants they may cause disturbed sleep and bouts of crying. Unchecked, they can produce scalp infection.
Anti lice lotions are available in the market, but in persistent cases a doctor's advice can be sought. Nit picking is painstaking and requires patience. A fine toothed comb and regular monitoring can get rid of the problem.
Usually when a child in given an anti lice shampoo, all members of the family are advised to use it too.
First Published: Jun 21, 2003 19:52 IST