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Head Lice Bites Neck. Help My Family Has Lice!

23 October

Head lice bites neck. Parents often wonder why kids get a rash on the back of their neck that looks like lice bites. In fact the red spots on your child’s neck just under the hairline are not lice bites. Rather, the red spots are the signs of an allergic reaction to lice bites. First of all when head lice take a bite the bugs inject saliva into the scalp. In addition during feeding lice leave behind an anaesthetic at the bite site. Furthermore lice need to introduce an anticoagulant while taking a blood meal. Your child can exhibit an allergic reaction to these lice bite substances and thus may develop a rash in on the back of the neck. 

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Head lice bites neck. Actually lice bites on the scalp are not visible to the human eye. Especially relevant, you cannot feel a head louse when it is biting you. Unlike mosquitoes, gnats, midges or other insects that feed on human blood, lice bites are not felt. In addition an itchy scalp is an uncommon lice symptom.

Head lice bites neck. If you are curious about how to treat an allergic rash on the back of the neck, benadryl cream or lotion or spray can alleviate itching symptoms. It is important to note that it can take up to 2 weeks for itching symptoms to resolve after you have removed all lice and nits. In addition the neck rash may not disappear for up to two weeks after a complete lice infestation treatment.

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The signs of lice are often non-existent, except for head lice bites on the neck.  Since lice bites are invisible, parents often ask what does lice look like. In fact head lice are extremely difficult to see with the human eye. Furthermore, while alive, the body of a human head louse is completely clear like a jellyfish. Therefore while looking through the hair head lice cannot be diagnosed easily, if at all with just a visual check. In addition nit eggs are very difficult to detect upon visual inspection. Because nits have an invisible cloak called iridescence. Iridescence is very commonly used in the bird and insect world for camouflage as well as for attracting mates.

Finally parents ask us at least once or twice a week does hair dye kill lice. Many Moms, in particular, use hair dye or hair coloring treatments on a regular basis. However hair dye does not protect against contracting head lice. In fact we see many Moms every day with beautifully colored hair who have active cases of head lice. We see lice in 40% of Moms and 10% of Dads who we treat for lice at NitWits. So Moms you can keep dying your hair, but it won’t keep head lice away. NitWits Boston’s #1 Go To Lice Professionals.

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