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Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images Know The Difference

28 May

Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images. First of all to tell if you have lice, nits, or dandruff you must determine whether lice have laid nits on the hair. Head lice lay tiny eggs on the hair shaft called nits that are difficult to remove. If you see something in the hair that you are not sure about, blow on it and try to flick it with you finger. If it is easy to blow, or flick, away then it is not a nit.

Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images

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Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images. The human hair follicle is a complex environment. The hair follicle produces not only human hair, but also dandruff and hair casts. Dandruff and hair casts can look like head lice. There is widespread misdiagnosis of head lice, dandruff or hair casts . In fact many children get sent home from school  by their school nurse because of “No-Nit” policies when they actually only have dandruff or hair casts, not head lice.

Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images

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Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images. This means unnecessary lost school days, and stress on your child and family. 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. 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 product of the hair follicle, not a medical condition, and made of a material that is a bit like ear-wax.  Hair casts occur in 10% of Nitwits clients.  

Head lice, dandruff, hair casts?

Dandruff in hair

Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images. This means you will not find head lice off a human head. The lice need to stay very close to the scalp for survival. Because both lice and nits are temperature, light and humidity sensitive. Head lice have had several hundred millennia in order to figure out how to both travel with us humans, and stay firmly glued to our scalps.

• First of all head lice have claws at the distal end of their legs.

Lice Nits vs Dandruff Images

Claw Human Head Louse

• The claw of a louse is clamps onto the hair tightly the louse senses movement.

• With any movement, such as changing clothes, they clamp onto the hair shaft with their specialized claw.

• Urban myth about lice says head lice can fall off a head.

• However the louse’s survival depends on being able to stay on the human scalp for the entire lifecycle.

• Lice feed, breed and die on the scalp of a human


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