Heading off head lice, the scourge of summer

Heading off head lice, the scourge of summer


MANILA, Philippines – Head lice, locally known as lisa and kuto, have been a perennial problem for kids and adults alike. Infestations of this kind are normally dubbed the scourge of summer because they always strike during the summer months, creating infections of epidemic proportions especially among children. According to dermatologist Dr. Nenita Alberto, head lice start the infestation process by laying eggs on the hair strands of the infected person.
 
The head louse is an obligate ectoparasite of humans that causes head lice infestation. Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire lives on the human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood.
 
What is the main cause of head lice?
 
Head lice may be spread through close personal contact, shared personal items (combs, brushes, hats, helmets, clothing, or earphones), or shared bedding. Pubic lice are spread mainly through sexual contact and are very contagious. Most people become infected after a single exposure to an infected person.
 
What does it feel like to have lice?
Nits are extremely small and will be glued pretty securely to the hair. So if you can’t pull them off easily, they are probably eggs and not dandruff. If you feel like something is crawling through your hair, those might be lice as well. And if your scalp gets red and itchy, you may be allergic to lice bites.

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