Head Lice Symptoms. You will be surprised to learn that most of our NitWits clients have never experienced itchy scalps. We do see a lot of Moms who have itching everywhere on their body who do not have head lice. Instead the Moms have something called “Delusional Parasitosis” which is a real DSM 5 psychiatric diagnosis that can put you in McLean Hospital. Hopefully you are not that far gone! Delusional psychosis kicks in as soon as you get the lice letter home from the school nurse or hear that head lice is going around your child’s classroom. This altered psychological state makes it difficult for you to be able to make well informed decisions when your child actually gets head lice.
Head Lice Symptoms. MYTH : My child does not have an itchy head so she couldn’t have head lice.
FACT : 90% of people with lice never have itching symptoms. The itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the louse bite. Much like mosquitoes head lice leave behind a residue of anticoagulant, anesthetic and saliva when they take a blood meal. Most people do not react to these substances, but a small percentage of people do develop an allergic itching symptom reaction after they have had lice for 2 months.
Head Lice Symptoms. So what do I do if I found out my child actually has head lice for real? Contact us here at NitWits for a same day appointment. Swing by the NitWits office and pick up an OMG Nit-Free Terminator Lice Comb, or order one online. We now know that OTC and RX lice remedies you can get at the drug store do not kill head lice. This means that parents need to focus on mechanical removal of the lice and nits. The pesticide shampoos do not kill lice or lice eggs (called nits). This means the nits can continue to hatch even if you use pesticide shampoos 7 days apart.