Itching Head Lice. You woke up at 3am with an itchy feeling in your scalp. You just got a notice from the school nurse saying there is lice in your child’s classroom. Now what? First of all you do not need to run out the the 24 hour pharmacy to buy lice medicine. Why? Because head lice medications containing pesticides don’t work any more. In addition you may not even have head lice. Furthermore you don’t need to toss your pillows or vacuum your whole house. Because head lice are not viable once off a human scalp.
Itching Head Lice. Yes folks the concept that itching goes hand in hand with head lice is yet another urban myth about lice. First of all you must have head lice for at least 2-3 months to even have a chance of experiencing itching symptoms. Secondly, only a small fraction of people ever experience itching when they have head lice. Because if everyone who got lice itched, and itched right away, then we would discover lice before they have a chance to send out multi-generational satellite lice to create lice colonies on new hosts.
Itching Head Lice. Some schools have “No-Nit” policies, which means your child could be sent home from school for having lice. First of all Head Lice are not even a CDC reportable condition. Secondly Head Lice are not a Public Health Threat. In addition head lice do not carry or transmit diseases of any kind. Therefore why keep kids out of school if they have lice?
Itching Head Lice. Occasionally children will have a rash on the back of their necks when they have lice. First of all this rash is not lice bites. The rash is actually an allergic rash due to a reaction to the lice bites. Lice leave behind an anticoagulant, an anesthetic and saliva when they take a blood meal. Thus your child could be having an allergic reaction to any one of these three substances.