Any insect on the body causes severe stress. But louse, in
unlike a mosquito, you can not whisk or swat. Pediculosis
peculiar increase in the number of parasites.
In this article, you will learn how quickly lice multiply and when
you can feel and see with your naked eye the first disturbing
How fast do lice begin to breed after birth?
The content of the article:
- How fast do lice begin to breed after birth?
- How many nits can put off one louse per day and for all
- How long is the incubation period?
- What do lice and nits look like?
- How to recognize the infection? Symptoms and treatment
- What is the danger of infection?
One fitting of a headdress, one sweep of a stranger
comb – and the parasites migrate from the head of the infected to
yours. Once the louse is on the hairy part, she
begins to look for a source of food – blood. After all, without power she
can not give birth to offspring.
Reference! Lice bite feels like light, itchy
tingling At the very beginning they do not deliver significant
discomfort, but the more parasites, the harder it is to ignore them.
Adult lice, falling on the head of a person sticks
- Mating – being in a new environment,
parasites begin to mate with each other. This allows them
increase the chances of your kind of survival.
- Meals – after fertilization female
get over the skin and takes a few bites to nourish
your body forces.
- Laying eggs – well fed and fertilized
the female begins to fix the larvae on the hair rods.
The rate of reproduction of parasites depends on many
external factors: human body temperature, its condition
health, environment and living conditions. Average –
1-3 weeks is enough to increase the number of lice
twice, after just a day after hatching, the louse begins
reproduce the light of their own kind. It is at this stage that people
most often start treatment, as whole colonies of insects
deliver much more discomfort.
How many nits can put off one louse per day and for all
The life cycle of these parasites is short but saturated. Without
proper treatment their population increases in geometric
Reference! The life cycle of lice is 4 to 6
Per day the female can produce from one to three
new nits. As for the whole life, the louse generates
from 75 to 100 eggs, after which it dies.
How long is the incubation period?
In medicine, the incubation period is called temporary
segment from the moment of infection until the first signs
ailment. For pediculosis, this period is identical to the time from
laying eggs to adult hatching, which is from 7 to 21
of the day The fact is that the first few parasites do not deliver
such discomfort as a whole colony. Even if the scalp is very
thin and sensitive, the patient will feel only insignificant
itching and tingling that is most likely to dandruff
or reaction to improper shampoo. “Sound the alarm” already in
that moment when 2-3 generations of parasites live on their heads.
Note! Incubation time
period depends on the climate and time of year. If a person
lives in a cold climate, which forces him to wear a hat and
heat the house – insects grow faster. Do people who
live in temperate climates and constantly go bareheaded
pediculosis develops much more slowly.
As for lice, their development period may
stretch to 60 days, depending on which
- a person changes clothes;
- removes bed linen;
- doing cleaning in the closet.
What do lice and nits look like?
Nit and louse are two stages of development of a single parasite, which
differ from each other in a variety of points – from the exterior to
ways of feeding.
- Nit: creature in capsule of
adhesive shell. It is thanks to this sticky secret capsule and
mounted on the hair shaft. When viewed under the microscope
you can see a kind of tail-mount. It has
a pearl white glow, and after hatching dries and
acquires a yellowish gray tint, but still remains on
hair. Because of this, it creates the illusion that the number of nits in
many times the number of adults.
- Louse: parasites with an elongated, flat,
translucent body. Size from 3 to 4 mm, females slightly
larger than males. A hungry individual has a grayish-brown color.
Saturated, soaked with blood and acquires a distinct scarlet color.
In addition, after the meal, the parasite’s body increases significantly and
gets almost round shape. With more detailed
three pairs of limbs can be seen through a microscope,
equipped with microcapsules. On the head you can see the antennae and
simple eyes. The oral apparatus is much more complex. It consists
from the hole around which the sharp chitin hooks are located,
needles for piercing and tubules through which blood flows into
How to recognize the infection? Symptoms and treatment
In the early days of pediculosis, it is very difficult to identify –
several individuals do not cause significant discomfort and
see them very difficult. It is much easier to find eggs – for
it needs to be combed with a frequent comb. Usually,
nits remain on the bristles.
Note! Because of the characteristic color and
nits are very easy to confuse with dandruff, but to distinguish them is still
can. Nit, unlike dandruff is almost impossible to shake off
from the head. In addition, it can burst, if you squeeze your fingers.
Also, pediculosis can be identified by the characteristic symptoms:
- Severe itching in the scalp,
most strongly felt behind the ears and in the region of the neck.
- Multiple microranges and scratches,
indicative of the onset of acute dermatitis.
- Small specks of greyish blue color in
- Inflammation and itchy papules in places
In particularly advanced cases of pediculosis, also
there is a putrid odor of “unwashed head” and sticky strands
hair. At the same time, hygiene procedures are practically not
solve problems. Treatment consists of two stages: getting rid of
parasites (combing) and antiparasitic treatment
(shampoo, spray, lotion, etc.)
What is the danger of infection?
Young, unripe nits practically do not carry any
danger. The only thing that can be noted is
unattractive appearance of hair due to white formations on them. Quite
another thing is adult individuals that have already started
parasitism. Their livelihoods can greatly affect
as the daily life of the infected:
- Inability to focus because of constant
- Open wounds on the scalp that
lead to suppuration and inflammation.
- Sleep disturbances due to burning and itching.
- Nervousness due to discomfort and feeling
- Externally dirty and stuck hair – because
waste products of parasites.
- Typhoid fever or age
neglected form of pediculosis.
Important! The most common sites of infection
pediculosis: pre-school institutions, boarding schools, children
camps, tourist bases.
Even in our modern world, pediculosis is still referred to as
the disease of beggars, filth and sluts, but the fact is that
Anyone can get sick of them. If you suspect
yourself having lice – start treatment immediately. Parasites
develop with amazing speed and in a month you will have to
face much more unpleasant consequences than a slight itch.