Is it possible to have lice and not know it?
We often get asked, “Is it possible to have lice and no know it?” Unfortunately, the answer is yes. While the common symptoms of head lice include an itchy scalp, visible eggs or bugs in the hair, and/or a neck rash, not everyone experiences symptoms when an active head lice infestation is present.
That being said, symptoms tend to occur a couple of weeks into the infestation, and usually once they are present, the infestation is now considered more of a moderate case.
Lice Clinics of Canada encourages parents to conduct family head screenings at least once every two weeks. It’s important to check thoroughly, and to check everyone in the household, including those you feel may be unlikely to have to it.
The first place to check for head lice is around the ears, nape of the neck, and crown of the head.
How to do a head screening
We recommend using one of our professional, metal lice combs. Keep the comb on the scalp at a 45-degree angle when combing through and be sure to comb all the way down to the end of the hair strands.
Be aware that dandruff, dirt, and other common debris found in the hair are commonly confused with lice. For clarification, lice are tanned or grayish in colour, and have a teardrop shape. If you’re unsure if what you’re finding is lice, visit one of our locations for a professional opinion and peace of mind.
If lice is found
If lice is found, don’t panic. Lice don’t spread diseases or cause any health concerns and having head lice has no association with hygiene. It simply means that you or your child was in head-to-head contact with someone with an active case.
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