What it is a nit?
What is lice?
Lice are a human parasite that live in our hair and feed of of human blood.
Why can't I find a bug?
Lice bugs can be difficult to see. They quickly move through the hair and blend in with the hosts hair color. When trying to decide on your own if you have head lice, it is best to look for nits (lice eggs).
What is a nit?
Nits (lice eggs) are laid on the side of the hair shaft as shown above. In real life they appear to be upside down tiny tear drops. The color can be translucent, golden, brown, or white. Nits are often mistaken for dandruff.
Is it a nit?
Many people get confused when trying to distinguish if their child has nits or if it is just dandruff. If it is stuck to the side of the hair shaft as shown in the pictures and it will not come off without scraping it down the hair shaft with your finger nails, then it is probably a nit. Live or new nits tend to be translucent, golden, or brown. Old egg casings are white.
Where to look?
Nits are easily seen on the hair shaft at the nape of the neck and behind the ears close to the scalp. However they can be anywhere through the hair.
When it is not a nit:
If you can move what you see down the hair shaft easily with the pads of your fingertips, or if it can be brushed away it is probably not a nit. Nits do not easily move off of the hair shaft.
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