Having an itchy head is never a great feeling but thinking it’s head lice can make it even worse. Often unless dandruff has been a past problem lice is one of the first concerns on our mind when our scalps begin to itch. Thinking you have head lice when it’s really just dandruff can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. That is why it’s important to know the different signs of head lice and dandruff. 

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common condition that causes the skin on the head to flake and in many cases itching. It can be caused by a variety of things from dry skin and not shampooing enough to irritated oily skin and a sensitivity to hair care products. Dandruff only affects those with the condition and is not in any way contagious or transferable.

What are Head Lice?

Head lice are small insects that attach to human hosts’ hair and feed off their blood. They attach to the hair and lay their eggs near the scalp. Unlike common belief a lice infestation is not a sign of poor hygiene or unclean living environment, just that you came in contact with another infested person. Head lice are spread by direct contact from host to host and are transferable from one person to another.

The Difference in Symptoms?

While both dandruff and head lice cause an itchy scalp that’s really where their similarities end. The itching dandruff causes is caused by dry, flakey skin and often the clumps of skin can be felt in the hair. While the itching caused by lice is from the moving bugs. Occasionally lice can be felt moving in the hair. Signs of head lice include itching and rash or redness around the neck, ears, and shoulders. As well as visible lice and nits upon inspection. Dandruff symptoms include white flakes that fall from the hair, oily or dry scalp, and scaly skin on the scalp. 

How to Treat Dandruff?

Dandruff can usually be treated very easily. For mild cases it is best to start by simply washing the hair with regular shampoo daily to prevent the build up of oils and cells. If this doesn’t work switch to a medicated dandruff shampoo. There are several different types of dandruff shampoos and it may take awhile to find the one best suited for your hair. Be sure to follow the directions for the shampoo. You can also help by following a healthier diet, getting more sun, and limiting the amount of hair styling products you use. 

How to Treat Head Lice?

Head lice may seem a bit more daunting than dandruff, but it can be just as easy to treat. With Lice Clinics 805, we can treat it faster than dandruff! Our signature treatment uses a special blend of oils and minerals to dehydrate and kill lice and nits in just one hour! Our trained technicians are experts in getting rid of lice and our treatment is backed by our lice free guarantee! The treatment rids not just lice but super lice and nits too!

Don’t be stuck itching your head and wondering if it’s dandruff or lice. Know the signs and be ready to take them on! Whether it’s dandruff or head lice be prepared and confident that you can tackle any stressful itch.

If you have any questions or need a head lice removal treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Lice Clinics 805, which proudly serves Ventura, Santa Barbara, and surrounding areas in California, we are here to help! Our  removal process guarantees to remove head lice in 1 quick, and safe treatment. Let us help your kids and family members get back to the things they enjoy. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 805-334-0951!