If you, or a loved one is infected, how would you know? See this eerily stunning gallery of human head lice pictures and louse photos. As you view the images, also learn more about this extremely contagious invasive parasite with facts and answers to common questions.
The amazing macro louse photo above really shows how extremely strange this insect looks. You can see its pinchers, hairy legs and body.
Do you want this insect sucking blood from your scalp? Didn’t think so. Read on.
Head Lice Pictures
Peruse through this gallery of photography and read some facts and answers to common questions about this parasitic insect that you need to know.
Imagine if they were really as big as the images make them look. No way!
What are Human Head Lice?
The head louse is also known by the scientific term, Pediculus humanus capitis. They are ectoparasite insects that live out their entire lives feeding upon human blood from the scalp.
Did your head start to itch? Yeah, icky right.
As you look at these very detailed head lice pictures, you get the idea that you want no part of them.
The parasite is spread by touching or coming into contact with the hair of an infected person. That is why an infestation can spread so quickly from person to person.
You especially see this catch on quickly from children playing with other children.
Unlike their close relatives, the body lice, human head lice, are not particularly dangerous and are not known to carry diseases. It is more of a nuisance with the itching, scratching and bumps. There are treatments to quickly eradicate these ugly creatures from your scalp.
Everyone is susceptible to infestation, especially children. All it takes is to come into contact with an infected persons hair. Kids, children and adults alike can get these critters in their scalp and hair.
Millions of People or Infected Each Year
It is estimated that between 6 million to 12 million infestations will occur every year among children aged 3 years to 11 years old in the US.
Head lice move around your scalp by crawling upon their six short hairy legs. They can not fly or hop.
Head Louse Life Cycle
This graphic image outlines the life cycle of head lice, (Pediculus humanus capitis). You can easily see the 3 stages from egg, nymph and adult.
- Stage 1 – Eggs: Nits are the head lice eggs. You often see them clinging to hair strands.
- Stage 2 – Nymphs: Once the egg hatches, the nymphs go through 3 nymph stages, 1st nymph, 2nd nymph and 3rd nymph. Essentially they are growing and maturing.
- Stage 3 – Adults: Once matured and grown, the adult louse is tan to a grayish-white color. It will appear about the size of a sesame seed. The louse will have 6 hairy legs with claws. The CDC states that an adult louse can live up to 30 days feeding off the blood from a persons scalp.
Head Louse Symptoms
What are the signs and symptoms of an infestation?
The infected person may feel or sense any of the following signs:
- Itching, caused by the bites of the louse
- Scratching your scalp
- Tickling, skin crawling sensation across the scalp
- Difficulty sleeping, due to head louse moving and biting
- Sores developing on the head caused by scratching the bite
Head Lice Infestation
An infestation is scientifically referred to as ‘pediculosis capitis’. Sometimes people will call it ‘nits’ or, say in slang terms, “you have the cooties”. Whatever you call it, you have a problem that must be dealt with right away. Using a louse comb is probably the best way to detect if live lice are upon the scalp and hair strands.
Louse Egg Photo
You can clearly see how the egg is attached to the strand of hair. Yucky!
How To Prevent Lice Eggs from Hatching
You will need to remove the louse eggs / nits by hand. It is best to use a nit comb. Before treating small children, call the child’s doctor or school nurse and discuss options. View the head lice pictures so you will be able to identify the little critters should they show up in your home attached to someone in your family.
Head Louse Treatment
There are various nit combs and treatments on the market today. Consult with your doctor on what treatment may be best for your child or yourself. There are also over the counter medicated shampoos called pediculicides. Here are a few popular and best selling nit combs and treatment products.
V-Comb – The Innovative, Allergy and Chemical Free Head Lice Treatment – Head Lice Comb – FDA Registered – Out Performs other Head Lice Combs and Lice Shampoo – Removes Lice and EggsLicefreee Spray, Instant Head Lice Treatment Spray Bottle With Metal Comb, 6-OunceNIX Permethrin Lice Treatment Family Pack 2×2 ounce bottlesNix Ultra 2-in-1 Lice Treatment, 3.4 Fluid Ounce
Male Human Head Lice Macro Photo – Fine Detail
We hope you have enjoyed this gallery of head lice pictures, (if possible, right). Also, we hope you have learned more about the invasive parasite from the various facts and answers listed and explained. Answers to more FAQ’s here.
Is your scalp itching right now?