Are Nits Contagious?

school nurse or teacher checking for head lice in a child's hair

You find lice in your child or, worse, you get a call from school informing you that your child has nits (lice eggs) in her hair. Now what? Are nits even contagious?

The good news is that nits are not contagious. The bad news is that as soon as they hatch, a nymph or baby bug emerges. Within a few days, that nymph will be able to move. About a week later, it will mature, and begin laying eggs. That is when the trouble really starts!

Each louse can lay 6-10 eggs daily and will live for 30 days. Each of those offspring will eventually mature and start laying eggs. Before too long you have a significant infestation.So while a nit is not contagious at that stage, it is preparing to cause you a headache!

To eradicate nits, you need to know what they look like. Nits when first deposited in your hair are microscopic in size. Eventually they grow to be about .03 inches. Nits are round on one side and pointy on the other with an antenna protruding from the pointy end. They are glued to the hair near to the scalp. If you find a nit farther down the strand, it is an empty shell. You will need to squeeze your fingers around the nit in order to dislodge it. Additionally, you can try to use a high-quality comb to pull the nits off. Once you get the nit off of the hair, put it against a white background and it will look brown if it’s a nit. If it blends into the white background it is either dandruff (if it is flakey) or a DEC plug (if it is sticky). A DEC plug is exudate from a blocked oil gland.

Keep in mind, all nits have to be removed. If you do not get all the nits, they will mature and lay more and you will be back to the beginning of your lice journey. LiceDoctors has helped many frustrated people who call us because they thought that they had succeeded in getting rid of the case, only to see that it has returned.

If you put yourself in the hands of LiceDoctors, you can be guaranteed that a capable and kind technician will eradicate your lice. Why take chances when a professional can leave you lice free in a couple of hours? We know that choosing a lice treatment service, especially when you are under stress, can be a difficult decision. We want to assure you that you are in experienced hands with LiceDoctors. Technicians have treated over 450,000 children and adults SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY. You can not match that track record anywhere. In addition, our prices are lower than salon pricing! Your technician will come to your home, offering the most convenient treatment option, yet we charge you less because we do not have the overhead of salons. LiceDoctors has the winning combination; that is why we are the number one lice removal service in the U.S. Call us at 248-633-8827 for lice removal service today.