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First Aid: Head Lice

First Aid

A head louse is a tiny, wingless insect that can attach to a person's hair, where it feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice, while annoying, aren't dangerous and they don't spread disease.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

A doctor will recommend a medicated rinse or lotion to kill the lice. It's important to follow the directions for these products exactly because applying too much or too often can be harmful.

Here are some ways to get rid of lice and their eggs around the house:

Seek Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

You can help protect your kids from head lice by teaching them to:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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