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What is HEAD LICE INFESTATION?

Pediculues humanus capitis - the head louse is the insect that is responsible for the medical condition normally known as head lice infestation. This insect is a hematophage i.e. it uses the blood of the host as food for survival. The head louse can occur in any part of the body with hair, typically in the head where it is densest. The presence of the insect is characterized by constant itching caused by the bites of the lice on the skin. Treatment normally involves application of insecticides such as Pyrethrin or Permethrin to the affected areas. But many regional and traditional remedies are also available for treating head lice infestation.

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