Who gets head lice?
Although they are very common in schoolchildren, anyone can get head lice.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Head lice are small blood-sucking insects that spread through casual contact between people, usually children.
Head lice are diagnosed with a scalp examination for the lice or their eggs (nits), which are usually laid and attached to hair within 1.5cm of the scalp. You can also check by applying hair conditioner, which stuns the lice and stops them moving around, then …