Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lice Head Underlying Cause

Head lice is an infestation of the hair and scalp with the head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis. The insect spreads from person to person by contact with combs, clothes, hats and linens. Lice are blood-sucking insects: they feed on blood from the skin. Nits are louse eggs that are attached to the hair shaft.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Lice Head References
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