Feels like I have Symptoms Lice. Curiously the majority of people with head lice never experience any itching symptoms. The urban myth that people with head lice itch is widespread. After approx 3-4 months some people do have itching symptoms when they’ve contracted Head Lice. From the perspective of a head louse this makes perfect sense. Lice need to send out satellite lice to other hosts to create satellite colonies. How, you may ask, could my child have had head lice for 3-4 months and not know it? Head Lice have developed resistance to the most commonly used pesticide lice treatments. This had lead to the commonly used term “super lice”.
Think you might have symptoms lice? First of all, for the first 3-4 months, lice will bite an individual thousands of times to take a blood meal 4-5 times a day. Furthermore a louse leaves saliva, anticoagulant, and anesthetic when feeding on a human host. Most people never have a reaction to any of these three substances. A small minority of individuals will have an allergic reaction after some kind of a tipping point, which usually comes 3-4 months since the initial louse landed on the host. Finally the tipping point is an allergic trigger reaction making the scalp extremely itchy, seemingly overnight. In addition some of these individuals also exhibit an allergic rash on the back of the neck.
Symptoms Lice. Head lice do not cause any health problems at all. Head Lice are not a CDC reportable disease or condition. Head Lice is very stressful for parents due to a combination of misinformation, fear and social stigma. Schools ostracize and exclude students from school when they have head lice. Keeping kids out of school does not prevent the spread of head lice. In fact even the CDC says kids should be kept in school when they have head lice.
The key to eradicating head lice is education and the proper tools. NitWits is committed to educating families and de-mystifying the popular urban myths surrounding head lice, in addition to providing the best and most trusted head lice treatment boston available.