If your scalp feels ticklish and itchy as though something is moving in your hair, you probably have a case of head lice infestation. It isn’t a very serious condition but scores high on the repulsion factor. What is it? A lice infestation, called pediculosis capitis, is a skin condition whose perpetrators are tiny wingless insects, the size of a sesame seed (their eggs, or nits, being even smaller). They live on your scalp and feed off your blood.
Here’s what you must know: Highly-contagious Any form of physical contact, may lead to the louse crawling onto your head. It includes touching your head to one who is already infected, sharing their towel, clothing and bedding or using their comb, hairbands and hats. Susceptibility Little children are the most susceptible. They play together and share items, which promotes spreading of the infestation. Families of school children and those who work there are also at risk.