What are Lice?
1. Lice, or Pediculosis (pediculosis), are small tan to grayish-white insects, about the size of a sesame seed and have six legs.
2. They don’t usually carry disease, but can cause your child and family discomfort, stress and sometimes skin irritation.
3. Lice can live up to 30 days on a person’s head and lay from 50 to 150 eggs. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood every 3 to 6 hours. If the louse falls off a person, it dies within 2 days.
4. There are three types of lice: head, body and crab lice. Body lice haven’t been reported in Texas for years. Head lice and crab lice are common but not usually found at the same time on a person.
For more information contact the Department of State Health Services, School Health Program at www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm or call 512-458-7279
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