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How are lice diagnosed?

Lice are usually diagnosed by examining the scalp and looking for live lice moving on the scalp, as well as nits (lice eggs). Lice eggs look like small yellow, tan or brown dots attached to the hair.
If you think you or your child have lice, your doctor or another health care provider can confirm the diagnosis by looking at your scalp and hair. Your provider will look for adult lice and their eggs (also called "nits"). These are usually found on the hair shaft, close to your scalp. Your provider may also find egg cases in your hair. If you do have lice, your health care provider can help you choose the best treatment.

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