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Head Lice

Head lice are small wingless biting insects which live and breed in human hair and feed by sucking blood from the scalp.

Head lice are very contagious and can only spread through direct head to head contact with a person with head lice, or by sharing hair accessories, combs, brushes, hats, and scarves with a person with head lice.

Signs of head lice include feeling itchy on the scalp particularly behind the ears and on the back of the neck. Eggs and/or live lice can be visible on the scalp.

When checking for head lice:

  • Use a fine tooth comb working in full light
  • Section the hair, checking the full length
  • Search the entire head, taking care to check behind the ears and the back of the head

For further information on treatment and prevention go to: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au