Quick Guide to Head Lice

10 Things to Know About Head Lice

Lice are small, parasitic insects that infest hair and feed on blood. A person infested with head lice may have hundreds of developing, dead and hatched eggs. Learn more about lice and how to remove them ›

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No Reason for Shame

Don't be embarrassed by a case of head lice. Lice are common -- and more of a nuisance than a health risk.

MEDICAL REFERENCE

Guide to Pubic Lice

Crabs infest a person's pubic hair, although they also can be found on facial hair, armpit hair and eyelashes.

NEWS

Study Finds New Drug Kills Most Head Lice

A new lotion treatment for head lice appears to be more effective than standard treatments.

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When to Call the Doctor for Head Lice

Head lice infections aren't dangerous, but they are very contagious.

EXPERT ADVICE

No Lice at School?

Schools shouldn't force kids to stay home because they have head lice, a group of children's doctors says.

QUIZ

Take the Head Lice Quiz

How much do you know about these tiny, blood-sucking parasites? Test your smarts.

MEDICAL REFERENCE

The Facts on Body Lice

Although they are related to head lice, and look almost exactly the same, body lice rarely infest the head hair.

EXPERT ADVICE

Head Lice? Don't Panic

You might feel itchy and frustrated when there's a case of lice in the family, but it isn't the end of the world.

Reference: Skin, Hair and Nails section on Better Medicine


Did You Know?

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True or false? Head lice can often be found behind the ears and at the hairline at the back of the scalp.