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Head Lice, Dandruff, Hair Casts?

27 September

Head Lice, Dandruff, Hair Casts? In order to determine if it is Head lice, dandruff, hair casts, you first must determine whether lice have laid nits on the hair. Head lice lay tiny eggs on the hair shaft called nits that are difficult to remove. If you see something in the hair that you are not sure about, blow on it and try to flick it with you finger. If it is easy to blow, or flick, away then it is not a nit. The human hair follicle is a complex environment. The hair follicle produces not only human hair, but also dandruff and hair casts. Dandruff and hair casts can be easily mistaken for head lice.  People get head lice, dandruff or hair casts often confused. In fact many children get sent home from school  by their school nurse because of “No-Nit” policies when they actually only have dandruff hair casts, not head lice. This means unnecessary lost school days, and stress on the child and family. If you do find real nits, call NitWits Intelligent Lice Treatment immediately for a same-day appointment. Nitwits, Boston’s Premier Lice Treatment Service owned and operated by School Nurse Berit Pratt RN BSN MPH. Hair casts are a type of dandruff produced by the hair follicles that are white in color and always opaque. They usually slide easily along the hair shaft and you can easily crumble them between your fingers. We see kids all the time who are sent home from school for lice, when they actually only have hair casts. Hair casts have nothing to do with lice and are a normal part of the scalp ecology for many people. Hair casts are a natural and normal product of the hair follicle, not a medical condition, and made of a material that is a bit like ear-wax.  We see them in 10% of Nitwits clients.  

Head lice, dandruff, hair casts?

Dandruff on hair

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