Updated on July 19, 2020
We are frequently asked how long it takes after you have been in contact with a person who has head lice for the lice or eggs to appear in your hair. See our answer below:
It Varies from Person to Person and Case to Case
If you are looking for eggs (nits) in the hair, that will usually take about a week until they are visible. The louse may lay eggs immediately upon arrival in the hair, but those eggs will be microscopic for a few days. If the louse is in the hair for a few days before it starts to lay eggs, then it will take longer until the eggs are visible. Keep in mind that only fertilized female lice lay eggs.
NEVER TOO EARLY TO GET CHECKED
If you have been exposed to head lice, it is never too early to be checked. If you have contracted lice, it is likely that there is still a bug in your hair. That louse lays eggs (nits) at a rate of 6-10 eggs per day. There is no advantage to waiting. If you call us, we will dispatch a technician and if she finds head lice, she will remove the bugs and nits before your case gets worse. If she doesn’t find signs of lice in your hair, she will get you started on a follow-up plan to protect you in case there are microscopic nits in the hair. You will be, therefore, proactively treating your lice case before it becomes full-blown; obviously, it is easier to treat a case early on. In addition, you will have peace of mind which is priceless. There is no need to feel remain in limbo, wondering if a case is brewing in your hair; if you have been exposed to head lice, call LiceDoctors today at 240-720-7491. Why wait? Learn more about our lice treatment removal service.