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what are head lice?

11 / 02 / 2020

Head lice are tiny wingless insects that live in hair. They are grey-brown in colour and about 2.5mm long, which is the size of a sesame seed, when fully grown. Head lice cling to hair and are usually found on or near to the scalp.

Lice themselves are not to be confused with nits – the empty egg cases from which they hatch. A nit (louse egg) is of a similar size to a small flake of dandruff.