Lice are small parasites that live in our hair to feed on blood and live. Nits are their small eggs that stick to the hair shafts or near to the scalp. How to find them is the main issue of everyone.
How To Detect Lice And Nits?
To detect Head Lice, it is imperative to proceed with patience and thoroughness. The smallness of these parasites and the speed with which they crawl on the scalp make spotting quite complicated.
- During the examination, separate the hair thoroughly. Especially inspect the line of demarcation of the hair at the back of the neck and behind the ears.
- Also, be sure to provide sufficient light and examine the scalp from all angles.
- The female louse is a large laying hen since it can lay ten nits a day. Just make a quick calculation to realize that we can easily shelter hundreds of nits after only a few days if we already have several active lice.
- A little advice: brush the hair over a sheet of paper, you can see the lice fall.
How To Track Nits?
If lice are challenging to locate, nits (lice eggs) are even more so because they are almost transparent. Nits, white or yellowish, are barely larger than poppy seeds and look like they can be mistaken for dandruff. The additional difficulty, they stick to the root of the hair and, therefore, do not come off easily when brushing.
How To Recognize Nits?
Fortunately, it is easier to identify a louse than a louse still roaming the scalp. At first glance, confusion with the film is always possible.
The nits, or egg, the size of which does not exceed one millimeter is caramel in color when it is alive. It is only; when it is empty that it will take on a whitish color. In contrast to the film that is easily removed, the nits, it clings.
The female lice fix its eggs with a secretion, coating the base of the nits and the root of the hair. The egg is thus securely attached to its support throughout its incubation. It is indeed at the root of the hair that the temperature is ideal for its development from 28 to 32 °C. After hatching, the nits remain hooked, but “slides” along the length of the hair as it grows. Even empty, they can remain hung for months!
What To Do Against Nits?
To confirm the presence of lice, the comb with small teeth is extremely useful. The hair must first be moistened and disentangled with a regular comb. Then, we recommend using an anti-lice comb, whose rigid and fine teeth are not spaced more than 0.3 mm.
In order not to miss the presence of lice, it is advisable to wipe the comb with a white paper towel regularly or to have a white bath towel on the shoulders. To improve its effectiveness, do not hesitate to put a damp towel on the head after having moistened the hair with warm white vinegar. Then just leave it on for about thirty minutes, before passing the fine comb.
White vinegar, like red, can also be used as a shampoo to eradicate nits. There are over-the-counter balms to take off the nits, or other anti-nits products but based on insecticides. Whatever the method used, it must be renewed several times, and watch for a possible return of the enemy.
Some Useful Tips When Suffering From Lice
- Use if oils can repel lice because they hate the oils or its smell. It is even useful for the dry hair to make them smooth and shiny.
- Never share your personal items like combs, hairpins, hats, or towels, especially when you are infested. It can cause the spread of these parasites.
- Use hot water to clean the bed or pillow sheets to clean them properly. The heat will kill them quickly.
- A hair straightener is also effective in killing some lice because of its heat radiations.
- Put all the stuffed animals in the plastic bags for 2 to 3 weeks until all the insects die. Place all the other things also which you can’t wash.
- Don’t share it with others that you have lice except those whom you can trust.