Lice: Removing Nits From Hair
British Columbia Specific Information
Head lice are tiny, greyish brown, wingless insects that live on the scalp, feeding on human blood. They lay eggs, also called nits, which stick to strands of hair very close to the scalp. Anyone can get lice.
Treatment should be considered only if head lice or live nits are found. Head lice will not go away without treatment. All medications for head and pubic lice are available over the counter without a prescription from your doctor. This includes both oral medications and medications that you can apply to the surface of your body (topical).
For more information on head lice including how they spread, possible symptoms, and treatment options, see HealthLinkBC File #06 Head Lice.