head liceHead lice are tiny parasites that feed on blood from the scalp and reproduce by laying their eggs in the hair. According to the CDC, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. Because lice spread easily through direct contact, they are commonly found in schoolchildren and often spread to families through contact and play.

Symptoms:

It can take up to six weeks for people with lice to experience symptoms, but common symptoms include:

  • Itching on the scalp, neck and ears.
  • Tickling feeling of movement in hair.
  • Sores on the head caused by scratching.
  • Lice on the scalp may be visible, but difficult to see.

Prevention:

Here are a few ways to prevent the spread of lice:

  • Do not share items that touch the head such as hairbrushes, towels, earbuds, scarves and hats.
  • Avoid activities that involve head- to-head contact.

If you suspect your child has lice, we can help. Our doctors may recommend a certain shampoo or other over- the- counter medication. Visit AFC Urgent Care Marlborough.