Frequently Asked Questions About Lice

*What are lice? Lice are small wingless parasitic insects that live off of tiny amounts of blood they consume by biting the host.

*What are the symptoms of lice? Usually the first symptom of infestation is itching or scratching in the area of the body where the lice feed. On the head, itching the nape of the neck or around the ears may indicate lice.

*Who can be infected by lice? How Does Lice Spread? Lice do not discriminate! Anyone at any age can become infected. Lice are easily transmitted from on person to another during direct contact. Using someone’s brush or comb or sharing a hat can transfer lice. Infestations are frequently found in school settings.

*What are nits? Sometimes head lice (the wingless parasitic insect) are erroneously called nits. Nits are actually the shells of the lice eggs after hatching.

*If one person in my family has lice, do I need to treat everyone? Perform a check on everyone and only treat those who have signs of lice.

*Can lice jump, hop, or fly from person to person? No. Head lice do not hop, jump, or fly. Head lice crawl.

*Can my dog or cat catch lice? Animals are not able to catch lice.

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