WHAT DOES LICE LOOK LIKE


Many people write to us and ask what does lice look like. This page contains photos of lice. After the lice pictures we have extensive information about lice, including the most effective treatment option.

You can click on any of the photos of lice for more information about the Fairy Tales Lice Removal Kit, which we have found to be the most effective treatment for lice.

Lice pictures

Click on any of the photos of lice for treatment information.


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Photo of lice as adult, nymph and nit.

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Pictures of nits(eggs).

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Lice information

Hopefully by looking at the photos of lice, you now can answer the question, what does lice look like.

Head lice, also called pediculus humanus capitis, are parasitic insects that are found on people’s heads. Having head lice is very common. It is estimated that 6-12 million people in the USA get head lice every year. Lice are also known as louse.

Adult female lice lay eggs, called nits. These nits are firmly attached to the base of the hair shaft, closest to the scalp. The nits are often confused for dandruff. After a week or so, the nit hatches into a baby louse called a nymph. Nymph’s look like adult louses, but are smaller. They become an adult in 10 days, and as an adult live for about 30 days. To live, lice must feed on blood. If the louse falls off a person and cannot feed, it will die within 2 days.

Who can get lice

Anyone can get lice. You are at greatest risk of getting hair lice if you come into close contact with someone who already has head lice. Head to head contact is the most common way to get lice, however, you can also get it from contact with an infected persons clothing (such as hat, coat, scarves, hair ribbon) or other personal items (such as a brush, comb or a towel). Head lice cannot jump or fly.

Young children, ages 3-10, and their families are most often infested. Girls get lice more often then boys, and women more often than men. A person's degree of cleanliness or personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Hair lice symptoms

While, some people have no symptoms, most people will have some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent feeling of something moving in their hair.
  • Nits that look like whitish shells are found attached to the base of hair strands near the scalp. These can be seen in the lice pictures.
  • Scalp itching that is caused by an allergic reaction to the lice bites.
  • Irritability.
  • Red sores that can become infected if repeatedly scratched.

Where are head lice found

Head lice are found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the hairline at the neck. They are rarely found in eyelashes, eyebrows or on the body. They are difficult to see, and can change color to match the host hair.

Lice have six legs. At the end of each leg is a hook like claw that they use to hold on to hair with. (This can be seen in the photos of lice)

Now that we have gone over lice information, and you know what does lice look like, it is important to discuss the best treatment option.

Hair lice treatment

Now that you know what does lice look like, lets discuss treatment.

We have been recommending a lice treatment for several years now. It is all-natural, and kills all lice and their eggs (nits) in just one application. It stops the itching, and starts to work in just 7 minutes. The manufacturer is so confident in the product that they give an unconditional money back guarantee. For more information on the best lice treatment, follow this link to the Fairy Tales Lice Removal Kit.

In addition to lice treatment, all household members should be checked for lice and nits. Also, the infected persons bed linens and clothing should be washed in hot water. Non-washable items like stuffed animals should be put in plastic bags for 2 weeks, and then opened outside. Combs and brushes should be soaked in alcohol or hot water for 5 minutes. The water should be at least 131°F or 55°C.

If you have any questions about what does lice look like, or our photos of lice, please contact us. If you have lice pictures and want our opinion on it, please let us know.


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