posted 15 May 2014, 14:05 by Heather Benson   [ updated 28 Sept 2015, 03:02 ]

Head lice

Head lice are tiny wingless insects that live in human hair.  They are common, particularly in children.

Head lice are grey-brown in colour, the size of a pinhead when hatched and of a sesame seed when fully grown.

They cannot fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact, climbing from the hair of an infected person to the hair of someone else.

A head lice infestation is not the result of dirty hair or poor hygiene. Head lice can affect all types of hair, irrespective of its condition and length.