Head Lice, Nits (eggs) and Nymphs (baby louse):
A nit is the egg stage in the life cycle of the parasite that causes head lice.
The nit is attached to the hair shaft by a strong cement like glue. Nits (lice eggs) is attached to one side of a hair shaft at an angle. They are located close to the scalp because they require body heat for incubation.
They must be manually removed.
Hair dyed nits (lice eggs)- Hair dye only tint the nits
Nymphs (baby lice):
When an egg hatches, it releases a nymph. The nit shell stays attached to the hair. The nymph looks like an adult louse but its much smaller. As the nymph grows, it molts out of its exoskeleton 3 times before it becomes an adult.
Do you see the unwanted guest?
A 3rd stage Louse crawling in her hair
Head Lice (Louse):
Head lice are tiny six legged, blood sucking parasites. Each leg is equipped with a claw, enabling the louse to grasp onto the shaft of the hair.
A female louse lays eggs (nits) twice a day up to 5 nits at a time and lives approximately 30 days. A Head louse needs the warmth of the human body to live.
Below there are two female lice and a male louse
".....dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt."
Ex 8:16 KJV
Head lice - All Stages
Irritation on the neck from lice bites
Bites from head lice can cause intense itching and irritation on the scalp, but these symptoms may not appear until about a month after the lice move in. A rash at the nape of the neck may also develop.
Scalp irritated after an OTC treatment at home
The over the counter (OTC) & prescription products might eliminate the lice but it will not kill the nits. The nits (eggs) must be manually removed or they will hatch in 7 to 10 days.
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