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Head Lice

Head lice are tiny wingless insects that live on the scalp. They do not carry any diseases, so they are not a public health risk. Anyone can get head lice.


Treatment Options

For guidance on treatment and information about attending school, please visit the Canadian Paedatric Society.

  • Head liceHead Lice - FAQs (PDF)
    View, download and print the Health Unit’s most frequently asked questions about head lice.
Date of creation: May 27, 2013
Last modified on: September 13, 2023

Head Lice Comb

Head Lice Comb


Combing head lice


1Canadian Pediatric Society. (2008). Head Lice Infestation: A Clinical Update; Position Statement
2District Health Authority Public Health Services and The Department of Health Promotion and Protection. (2008). Guidelines for Treatment of Pediculosis Capitus. Nova Scotia
3Harvard School of Public Health. (2000). Head Lice Information. Boston, Massachusetts, USA