Lice are small (1/16) inch long gray insects that can infect the scalp. They move quickly, yet they cannot jump. Nits are eggs laid near the scalp, firmly attached to hairs. Lice cause an itchy rash on the scalp—especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. They are extremely contagious by contact with an infected person’s hair or belongings (hats, clothes, combs, etc.)
Lice only infect human beings, and anyone can be infected. They are not caused by lack of hygiene.With effective treatment all lice and nits will be killed. However, some lice are now becoming resistant to the regular anti-lice shampoo.
Do not mistake simple flakes of dandruff for nits. Nits stick to the hair shafts.
Note: Most schools require that all nits be removed in order for the child to return to school.
During office hours:
Lice are not a medical emergency. Please call with concerns only during office hours.
phone: (616) 243-9515
FAX: (616) 243-1815
after hours: (616) 776-7401
or contact us via the Patient Portal
733 Alger St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507