Updated: Sep 22, 2018
Head lice affect an estimated 6 to 12 million people a year.
Head lice mostly affect young children between the ages of 3 years to 11 years, but adults can get it too.
Head lice are oval in shape, coloration varies from a brownish tan to light tan, but may turn a reddish color after feeding.
Head lice is not a sign of poor hygiene.
The adult louse feeds about 5 to 7 times a day by piercing the skin with its mouth, injecting saliva, and sucking blood from the scalp.
Lice prefer to hide within 1/4 inch of the scalp on the hair shaft.
Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person's head, and a female can lay 85 to 90 eggs during a life span.
A louse can only live 24 to 48 hours off its host.
99% of head lice are spread thru head to head contact.
Families should include checking for head lice in their weekly routine.
The life cycle of a head lice has three stages, eggs(nits), nymph, and adult louse.
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