Head lice unfortunately are something most of us will have experienced at some point or another during our lifetimes. We may try our best to avoid catching the little critters but they can be difficult to evade, particularly with children and those who work closely with them.
To avoid spreading head lice any further, particularly to those closest to you, it is crucial to spot the symptoms early so you can eliminate the lice and their eggs. These aren’t always easy to spot so being clued up on what to look out for will help.
So what symptoms should you be looking for?
The main symptom of headlice is the itchy sensation which many believe to be caused by the head lice moving around on the person’s head. However, in actual fact it is caused by a reaction to the lice’s saliva when they bite. This sounds slightly worse than it is, but it can cause great irritation to the host (1).
2.A Red Rash, or Little Red Bumps
Often, you will find red bumps or a rash on the back of the neck and across the ears. This is a slightly less common symptom, however it usually occurs in someone who has had head lice for a longer period of time. The red bumps/rash is caused by a reaction to their droppings. Again, another particularly unpleasant symptom which can be difficult to spot (2).
3. Trouble Sleeping
Typically, this symptom goes hand in hand with itchiness. Lice are actually more active at night meaning you may find you have trouble falling asleep. This in turn can cause irritability and tiredness from tossing and turning at night (1).
Lice eggs can often look very similar to dandruff. They typically are oval in shape and range from white, yellow and brown in colour. They can be detected by the naked eye however you often need to get close to see them (1).
5.A Red Scalp
A red scalp is a symptom that is slightly easier to spot and is caused by the lice feeding off the blood from your scalp while scratching can also add fuel to the fire. It is important to try and keep scratching to a minimum as it can cause the skin to break and allow infection to set in (3).
Can They Be Prevented?
There is no sure way to fully prevent head lice or nits, but there are ways to avoid catching them. It is important to avoid close contact with someone who is currently affected, as lice can walk from one person’s head to another. If you or your child has long hair, keep the hair neatly tied up to avoid contact and avoid sharing personal items such as pillows, hats, helmets, brushes and combs.
However, if you or your children do catch head lice, Vamousse’s range of head lice treatments are a suitable way to treat the problem from home. Vamousse has you covered with a treatment clinically proven to kill up to 100% of lice and eggs within 15 minutes. When used regularly as part of a daily bath time routine, the Vamousse protective shampoo then helps stamp out undetected infestations before they take hold.