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Pictures of Head Lice
What Do Lice Look Like? Pictures of Nits, Eggs, and Lice
Head lice pediculosis capitis are highly contagious, and the most prominent symptom of a head lice infestation includes intense scalp itching. The human head louse is a tiny insect that feeds on human blood. The female louse lays eggs nits on the hair shaft close to the scalp, and they become glued to the hair shaft. The nits hatch about 8—10 days later and begin to feed with any remaining adults. The nits can stay alive for a long period of time off of the body, such as on hairbrushes, furniture, or linens. Head lice occur in people of all ages and races.
Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis)
Here are some pictures of head lice, nymphs and eggs also called nits using various magnification levels. Lice on a Dime. Here is a picture of an adult louse and a louse nymph immature louse on a dime. Although it is magnified a bit, it gives you a better sense of how big lice are compared to some of our other photos. Lice on Hair.
We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Head lice are tiny parasites that live on the human head and feed on blood from the scalp. They are common in children and spread as a result of head-to-head human contact, not through pets. Head lice are neither dangerous nor a sign of poor hygiene, and they do not spread any diseases.