Head lice are parasites that feed on human blood. They typically stay close to the scalp or behind the ears but can also be found on the eyebrows and eyelashes. They can also be spread from one person to another through head-to-head contact. Fortunately, they will die within a few days if you catch them early.
Lice usually feed on the scalp and develop into adult lice within one to two weeks. The bites are extremely itchy and turn red when scratched. Excessive scratching can cause open sores and infected skin. It’s important to treat the head lice as soon as you notice any symptoms.
The first step to curing head lice is to wash fabrics frequently. You should use hot water (usually over 129°F or 54°C). Make sure to dry clothes in a hot dryer for 30 minutes before putting them in your suitcase. It also helps to iron your clothes to kill the nits and body lice.
The next step is to use a nit comb. A nit comb is a special fine-toothed comb that is used to comb the scalp for live lice. You can also use a magnifying glass if you are unsure where to look.