Lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They lay nits and then hatch after six to ten days. The adult louse is only a few weeks old and can lay about 30 nits in its lifetime. If you suspect that you have head lice, the first step is to check the rest of your hair and body for any areas of coarse hair. The most noticeable sign of head lice is itching at the base of the eyelashes. This itch is worst at night.
There are several ways to treat head lice. First, you can use an over-the-counter medication. You can use this to treat your child’s head and hair, but be sure to follow the directions carefully. Secondly, you can use a natural treatment such as olive oil. Olive oil is effective in treating lice eggs. You can also use a fine metal comb to remove the eggs. Beeswax is also effective in getting rid of lice eggs.
If you find lice on your eyelashes, do not panic! It is rare to have lice in your eyelashes. While head lice are not likely to affect your eyes, it is important to treat the infection as soon as possible. Lice in your eyelashes can be caused by pubic lice. If you think that your child may have head lice, take him or her to a doctor to make sure. Pubic lice can also be transferred to your eyelashes through sexual contact.