How to Diagnose Head Lice.
What Do Head Lice Look Like? To the naked eye head lice are almost impossible to see. Because the lice, and their eggs, have camouflaging abilities in their outer shells. In addition people with everyday dandruff or hair casts are often misdiagnosed as having lice.
Furthermore lice eggs are very tiny and super-glued to the hair shaft 1/8 inch from the scalp.
In order to properly diagnose a case of head lice you need to pull a hair shaft off of the scalp with a nit attached to it. Alternatively, if you’ve had lice for 2 to 3 months, you need to pull a live louse off of the scalp. Otherwise you cannot definitively say that you have a case of active head lice.
Because head lice are difficult to see, children with lice often go undetected for several months. This gives the lice the opportunity to set up a healthy lice colony infestation in the scalp of the host. Furthermore the lice colony is able to send out many satellite lice to other hosts. Thereby ensuring the survival of the lice colony. Thus if one child in your child’s classroom has lice in September, it is likely that by November 5-10 other children in the classroom will also have lice.
This is due to the fact that most of the 5-10 new cases of lice have gone undetected during the months of September, October and November. This allows the successful spread of head lice throughout your child’s classroom.
Once you diagnose and start to treat your child’s head lice case, you can put hair items such as hair clips, scrunchies, brushes and combs into the freezer to kill any lice on them. Simply take a large ziploc bag and place the items in the ziploc in the freezer overnight.
And most parents do not know effective ways to treat lice, because pesticide-containing OTC and Rx Lice treatments are no longer effective in 2019.