Have you noticed small, white substances in your child’s hair? Is your child itching their scalp like there’s no tomorrow? At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, we’ve helped hundreds of parents identify and treat head lice in their children. Every now and then, we’ll have a parent come to our lice treatment facility with their child for a head lice inspection, only to find that their child actually has a minor case of dandruff. Lice eggs, also known as nits, can be very hard to distinguish from dandruff without the help of a professional. After all, they both cause itching and are usually found in the same places, not to mention they can look strikingly similar when viewed by the naked eye. It’s important for parents to learn how to tell the difference between lice eggs and dandruff as an active way of protecting their child’s health.

The Appearance & Manifestation of Dandruff & Lice

A majority of the time, both dandruff and lice eggs will look the same with a slight variation in their shade of white. White the help of a magnifying glass, you will be able to see that nits are slightly larger than dandruff. You will also notice that dandruff flakes appear to look like thick scales, whereas nits are often smooth and elongated in appearance. Checking the location of the white specks on your child’s head is also a sometimes practical way to differentiate the two. Since dandruff can be found on other parts of the human body, such as the eyebrows, ears, and even nose, this can be an indication that your child is not infested with lice. If you see white specks near your child’s scalp, they are likely nits.

What About The Itching?

Both dandruff and lice can cause your scalp to itch and a crawling sensation often indicates a lice infestation. It is common for children to itch their scalp so much that they develop sores or scabs, so it’s important to keep an eye on your child’s itching habits. If you live in Houston, bring your child to Lice Treatment Solutions for a lice treatment today.

Tips To Tell The Difference Between Nits & Dandruff

The methods of prevention and treatment for nits and dandruff vary greatly, so it’s important to seek out a head lice specialists to ensure you don’t accidentally treat dandruff like head lice and visa versa. Our lice removal specialists have compiled a list of tips to help you tell the difference between nits and dandruff.

  • A female lice, also known as the louse, will lay her eggs on the hair shaft close to the scalp to ensure it receives the proper amount of heat from the head. As hair grows, nits will slowly move farther away from the scalp. It is most common for lice eggs to be laid ¼- to ½-inch from the head, however if you live in a climate of warm weather, eggs can be laid anywhere.
  • As we mentioned above, a major key difference between dandruff and lice is how easily they can be removed from the head. While dandruff has a tendency to flake off, nits can be very hard to remove from your hair. Not only do nits stick to hair, they are literally glued to the hair shaft by the female louse.
  • If the white stuff in your child’s hair can be brushed off with little to no effort, they likely have dandruff.

In part two of this series we’ll discuss some tried and true methods for determining the difference between head lice and dandruff. We’ll also look at dandruff and lice treatment options. If you’re concerned you or a loved one may be infested with lice, contact Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston today!