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Tell me what's happening with these nits?

(10 Posts)
Katymac Mon 29-May-06 20:29:30

On Friday evening I found a nit....I was scratching and found it squished in my nail
I wet combed with a bit of conditioner and found nothing
On Saturday am I wet combed with tonnes of conditioner (in the bath) and I found about 50 small slightly stripy (translucent and brownish) things about the size of a very small grain of rice with a slightly pointy bum - what were these? eggs/baby lice/something else?

Tonite I wet combed with tonnes of conditioner and got nothing

Do I need to wet comb again? am I clear?

Help......please (I itch)

bubble99 Mon 29-May-06 20:34:38

Those sound like eggs to me, Katymac. I would keep going with the combing, TBH. Also it might be worth buying a battery powered nit-zapping comb, you can get them online or at Boots. The comb will make a high pitched noise if it finds any lice as you comb and will zap them for you.

Sorry to hear you are afflicted.

roisin Mon 29-May-06 20:35:30

Sounds like baby lice to me.

Keep wet combing to catch them as they hatch. Every 3 days should be sufficient if you do a really thorough job. But it depends how much/how thick the hair is.

roisin Mon 29-May-06 20:36:07

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StFrannyville Mon 29-May-06 20:38:24

You need to wet comb with conditioner every 3 days until all eggs are hatched and all lice have grown large enough to be combed out, which takes at least 2 weeks, probably 3 as you will miss a few the first time. Keep going every 3 days until there are no more lice coming out when you comb.

It's not possible to get clear with one session. There will be unhatched eggs on your head and lice that are too tiny to catch yet. Sounds like your comb is pretty good if you are getting eggs out - the brown ones are the unhatched ones - but don't count on getting them all, continue for 2 to 3 weeks and you will break the cycle for sure.

Good luck

roisin Mon 29-May-06 20:39:18

The lice breathe through their skin, so if you slather on loads of conditioner they have to completely shut down and they just look like grains of rice.

If you really want to wipe the comb onto a tissue, then leave it to dry out, and examine with a magnifying glass. If they are lice rather than just eggs, they may start to uncurl and sprout legs ..

Or you could just take my word for it

Katymac Mon 29-May-06 20:40:52

I think I could do with a large picture of an egg and a baby louse

Katymac Mon 29-May-06 20:41:49

How long does an egg take to hatch?

Katymac Mon 29-May-06 21:35:51

I've been looking on Google - I think they might have been eggs - they were certainly the right sixe and shape - but not quite the right colouring - Oh poo I hate having nits

fsmail Mon 29-May-06 21:40:10

Try a nitty gritty comb - they are really good. Available on the internet or at some chemists. They mangle the lot.

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