Do head lice cause disease?
NO. The head louse does not carry disease but there is itching in the area of the bite. If the area is scratched, the area can become red, crusted, and infected with germs. Occasionally, the infection can spread to the glands (lymph nodes) in the head and neck area causing them to become swollen and tender. How can I get head lice? Having head lice is not a sign of poor hygiene. Clean hair can and does get head lice. If you come into direct contact with a person who has head lice or share items that the infested person has used recently, you can get head lice. Head lice can be caught by touching the infested person or their belongings such as towels, bedding, clothing, hair bands, combs, brushes and hats. How can I tell if my family has head lice? Itching of the scalp is the most common sign. The head louse is hard to find since it is small and does not like light. You can look in the hair for the nits. The eggs or nits can be easily seen, often near the ears or back of the neck. The t