Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair. Nits are the empty egg cases attached to hair that head lice hatch from. Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11.
Signs of head lice include small white eggs or nits in the hair behind the ears or at back of the neck, an itchy scalp, and a rash on the back of the neck.
The only way to be certain that you or your child has head lice is to brush a special fine-toothed comb through wet conditioned hair. You will then be able to see the head lice on the comb. These combs can be bought from pharmacies.
If you think you or your child has headlice. Treatments can be bought over-the-counter in pharmacies and some supermarkets.
If you are unsure of which treatment to use, speak to your pharmacist.
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Content adapted from NHS Choices