Removing Head Lice Eggs with Ordinary Conditioner is Just as Effective as Using Special Products

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Eggs from head lice, also called nits, are incredibly difficult to remove. Female lice lay eggs directly onto strands of hair, and they cement them in place with a glue-like substance, making them hard to get rid of. In fact, the eggs are glued down so strongly that they will stay in place even after […]

Why do Body Lice Spread Disease, While Head Lice do not?

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Even though they look and act very differently, head lice and body lice are of the same species. This was determined in 2012 after a genetic analysis revealed that despite morphological differences, they are indeed the same. University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh and his colleagues compared the sequences of all protein-coding genes in […]

Seven Myths about Head Lice

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A recent article in the Washington Post about head lice exposes some myths about these insects, which have become increasingly more common, especially among children. Each year, there are 6 million to 12 million lice cases in U.S. children ages 3 to 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To be brief, […]