The good thing about, that is if there is, is that you will know that you have them. It will not take long before they advertise their presence in your hair. They are not some smart creeping bugs that go undetected.
You do not need to visit your doctor to know that there could be some tiny bugs pitching a camp in your hair and sucking your blood away whenever they want.
Here are some symptoms that strongly suggest that your hair could already be a breeding ground for lice.
An itchy scalp. When lice crawl on your scalp or bite to draw a blood meal, you will definitely feel it in the form of itch. You may need to pay attention beyond the usual scalp itch that could be from something else.
If you scratch yourself on the head quite often than normal, then chances are that you got lice in your hair.
Crawling sensation: You skin is full of receptors that can notify you with accuracy if a sensation is due to something crawling on your skin. If you feel like something is crawling in your hair, then it could be lice.
Seeing bugs or nits: At times, a louse or a nit may be dislodged from your hair and fall off, more so if their numbers are swelling. If you see pale oval fragments or a bug of between a quarter to a third of a centimeter or tiny drop from your hair, then it could be a louse.
Swollen lymph nodes: Your body reacts when something is causing pain or distress such as persistent itching or bites from bugs. If you feel some pain and lumpiness in the upper neck, it could be that your body has sensed a distress caused by lice.
Pink eye: A pink out of nowhere could indicate something that is happening to you that you have not cared to find out. It could be the lice in your hair, or some other bug.
Small tiny bugs in hair, but not lice – what could they be?
The symptoms above may be expressed for some other tiny bugs other than lice. If you are not sure which bugs are crawling, breeding, living, or chanced on your hair, then visiting a dermatologists would help you know which ones are already in your hair and which ones are not.
There are very few bugs that can be found in your hair. Some simply find themselves in your hair while others survive by invading your hair and scalp.
Mites: Other than lice, hair mites can cause a nagging irritation especially at night. Unlike lice, mites actually burrow in the skin around the hair follicles. They could go as deep as 3 cm just to lay their eggs. They cause scabies which will need a comprehensive medical exam before treatment.
Ticks: Another suspect bug that could have taken refuge in your hair is a tick. Ticks are found outside “chilling” on leaves and grass just waiting when you will pick them up without knowing. They like taking refuge in folds and in the hair where they burrow their mandibles and suck their time away.
Chance crawlers: Sometimes it is not a parasitic bug that is causing the itching and crawling sensation in your hair. It could be an insect or another bug that found its way in your hair by chance while you were out in the open. It could be insects or aphids. These crawler are not looking to make your hair their home. You can call them passer by crawlers.