A Little Girl Combs Through Her Lice-Infested Hair

I think that I’m not exaggerating when I claim that this is by far the most disgusting and creepy condition I have ever laid my eyes on. I cannot wrap my mind around how this little girl got such a severe case of lice, however I was shocked when I saw the amount of lice she was removing from her hair. There are multiple, thick lice layers all over the comb each time it goes through her short curls.

According to the Mayo Clinic, head lice are small, wingless, parasitic insects that feed on your blood. As seen in this case of lice, they develop on the scalp, and are easiest seen at the nape of the neck and over the ears. Head lice live for approximately 30 days, and the females lay nearly six eggs a day, causing the multiplication of lice to be particularly rapid. In this video, it’s hard to say how long the young girl has had lice as sometimes it takes up to three months for itchiness to develop. One thing’s for sure: she has accrued a ton of the tiny insects!
Because lice are so easily spread, it’s important to know how to get rid of it. Lice can be treated with special lotions and shampoos designed for repeated use in the case of head lice. After using a shampoo treatment it is best to rinse the hair with vinegar to help remove nits from the hair shaft. Cutting the hair short is also a good way to help the process of lice removal. Using a fine-toothed comb like the one in this video will remove the actual nits from the hair, but must be performed every three to four days for at least two weeks; hair must be wet for this to work. Above all, it is important to wash everything that could be contaminated by the person carrying the lice. From bedding and clothes, to brushes and toys, anything that could have lice on it should be washed with hot water and dried on high heat. Vacuuming and covering furniture are also important steps to take to prevent the spread of lice.
Warning: this video shows graphic close-ups of live lice.