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lice nits photos how to tell the difference

21 October

lice nits photos how to tell the difference between nits and hair casts and anything else you might find in your hair or your child’s hair.

lice nits photos how to tell the difference. Nits are firmly glued to the hair shaft and very difficult to pull off. You need to firmly grip nits with your fingernails and slide them off the hair shaft. Or you need to use the OMG Nit Comb to comb the nits our of the hair. The bottom line with nits? You need to mechanically remove the nits from the hair, or your will not be rid of your head lice colony.

lice nits photos how to tell the difference. Dandruff and hair casts are moveable and for example you can slide hair casts up and down the hair shaft easily. 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 about 10% of our clients.

lice nits photos how to tell the difference. Recently a former client dropped by a sample for us to look at under the microscope.  Here is what the sample looked like.

lice nits photos how to tell the difference
hair casts

 It turned out to be a “hair cast”, something we see in about 10% of our clients.  Kids have been kicked out of school for having hair casts, which are often mistaken for nits.  We have also noticed that parents and kids in the same family can both have hair casts, so they may be a genetically determined. Bottom Line on Hair Casts?  They have nothing to do with Head Lice!

lice nits photos how to tell the difference

hair casts

 

 

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