Head lice are contagious and can easily be spread through direct or social contact with an infected person or their belongings. Head-to-head contact is commonly known to transmit head lice. Hugging, playing, secrecy, and sharing personal items such as, hair accessories, hats and clothing all play a part in the transmission of Head lice. Although infestations occur most among children 3 to 12years of age, new research shows that largest number of cases found in children age 9 to 16.
Head lice are tiny six legged parasites that live on the head and feed on human blood only. Each leg has a claw that enables the louse to grasp onto the hair shaft.
Evidence of head lice have been documented since the beginning of time. Lice and nits (eggs) were discovered on mummies, mentioned in many ancient writings, and portrayed in Biblical teachings. Head lice are found worldwide and affects more than 12 million people each year.