Nits Are Lice Eggs


A Closer Look at Nits

Lice are one of the most troubling things a person can deal with. Most of us with children in school have experienced them at least once, and those of us who haven't likely fear the moment it happens to us.

Nits are lice eggs, simply put, but they're also still an issue that needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Knowing the basics behind lice eggs can help you identify them, eliminate them, and understand all you need to know about them.

One question that many people ask about lice eggs is "Can they jump?" Simply put, no they can't, and neither can full grown lice. They don't even move – they're nothing more than lice eggs. An adult louse can lay up to fourteen eggs in a single day, and they'll take an average of ten to fifteen days to hatch. When you figure that a percentage of those lice will grow into females and lay their own eggs and that a single female can lay up to one hundred and twenty five eggs over her lifespan, the severity of ignoring lice eggs becomes painfully – and frighteningly – apparent.


So what do they look like, then? For starters, they're small – about the size of a poppy seed. Unfortunately, they're also hard to spot since their color blends in to its surroundings. They're a kind of milky-white color that is nearly translucent. Many parents spot dandruff and think that it's a lice egg, but a louse lays its eggs by attaching a glue-like substance to the hair follicle which makes them difficult to remove. Brushing dandruff will move it around while lice eggs won't be so easily swayed. If you're looking for them, check around the nape of the neck and the ears first and look near the base of the hair follicles since those are the most common spots for them.

Because of their small size and the difficulty that comes with removing them, lice eggs are usually far trickier to get rid of than the lice themselves. A very fine toothed comb needs to be used and care must be taken to remove them. While they're difficult to remove, they don't move about which makes them easier to locate and deal with than living lice. In most cases you'll need to eliminate them and then review the head again at a later date in order to ensure that the infestation is eradicated.

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