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What Comes First: the Lice or the Eggs?

What comes first lice or egg?

What comes first the lice or the egg? In order to have head lice eggs (nits) in the hair, a bug (louse) has to have crawled into the hair and laid eggs. Each louse lays 6 to 10 eggs per day and can live for 30 days so you can see how quickly there can be hundreds of  head lice eggs in the hair. There are three stages in the life cycle of lice:

  • The head lice egg (nit)
  • nymph (baby)
  • louse (adult)

Nit (head lice egg)

The head lice egg (nit) is laid on the hair shaft, close to the scalp (within an inch). Nits are glued to the hair shaft. They are oval in shape and may undergo several color changes as they develop. They take 8-12 days to develop and hatch. Eggs that have hatched are generally 2 inches or more down the hair shaft. The head lice egg is teardrop shaped—round on one end and pointy on the other. The pointy end has a small antennae-like structure emanating from it. On the scalp, head lice eggs (nits) appear translucent with a brownish tinge; when placed on a white background, they are brown. The brown from within the head lice egg is the tiny louse developing. Head lice eggs are not white and often people see white specks in the hair and mistakenly identify them as head lice eggs. White specks may be product residue or dandruff. Nits stick to the hair and can not be brushed off easily. When you move your fingers down the hair shaft you will feel a hard bump on the shaft: that is a head lice egg.  The nits are resistant to chemical products as these products can not penetrate through the hard shell. To remove the eggs (nits) from the head is a tedious and very time-consuming process. There are no short cuts. Every nit must be physically removed from the hair or it will hatch and your case will start all over.

When Head Lice Egg is Not Removed

If the head lice egg is not removed, a nymph will hatch. Nymphs are the baby lice that no longer have the protective shell of the head lice egg.  As the nymph matures, they become adult head lice. Adults are about the size of a sesame seed, have 6 legs, are wingless and have a brownish tinge. They feed on human blood from the scalp up to 3 times daily and will die within 48 hours when off the head. Head lice are very contagious. Lice move very quickly and will hide under hair shafts and are difficult to find. Both nits and lice tend to camouflage in the hair particularly in brunettes.

Lice Removal Service Can Help With Head Lice Egg Removal

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