Head Lice: What They Are and How to Get Rid of Them

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Head lice are small wingless biting insects. They live and breed in human hair and feed on blood from the scalp. An adult louse can range from a whitish-brown to reddish-brown colour and is about two to four millimetres in length.

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Once a female louse has laid her first eggs on a new host, they will hatch after seven to ten days. From here, the nits will progress through their short life cycle consisting of three stages: egg, nymph and adult. The total lifespan of a louse is only 32-35 days, but after mating, each female can lay three to ten eggs per day. These eggs will then hatch and continue the cycle.

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Shayne Power
03 Mar 2020
Well organised and well document review of the subject. Which is excellent for a "4 minute" CPD program.
Kathlyn Rogerson
01 Jan 2021
It is always good to have good information on highly contagious communicable health issues such as lice, and to keep up to date with any new information just as this article provided for me. It was easy to follow and the information will be easy to communicate to patients for education purposes
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Gail Hart
01 Jan 2021
Interesting, brief update on lice & nits, covering definitions, life-line of lice, contemporary treatments and practices to minimize the trauma and damages caused by such a small creature..
Penelope Peach
20 Jan 2023
Mary Cross
29 May 2020
Good read - clear and helpful.
Amanda Whitmore
05 Mar 2020
Good short article, practical for families with children at school
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20 Apr 2021
Leigh Gleeson
21 Aug 2021
Perfect quick knowledge bite for anyone who needs to explain lice treatment to parents.
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