A head louse is a tiny, wingless insect that can attach to a person's hair, where it feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice, while annoying, aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease.
A doctor will recommend a medicated rinse or lotion to kill the lice. It's important to follow the directions for these products exactly because applying too much or too often can be harmful.
Here are some ways to get rid of lice and their eggs around the house:
You can help protect your kids from head lice by teaching them to:
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC (the national public health institute of the United States) promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.|
|HeadLice.Org for Kids This site, run by the National Pediculosis Association, is designed to help kids understand lice. It has games, animation, and frequently asked questions about lice.|
|Micro Louse Louse is the name for just one lice. See one up close in this photo.|
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