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How to distinguish nits from dandruff?

Many mothers and fathers ask how they can distinguish nits from dandruff or flaking, since in both cases we find small "dots" of whitish color.

Fortunately, it is very easy and simple to distinguish nits from dandruff, as they have completely different behaviors.

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Is it nits or dandruff?

Nits, or lice eggs, are laid by female lice on hair shafts close to the scalp so they can develop in a warm, protected environment. To do this, they use a special glue made from quinine that sticks them together strongly, with a resistance equivalent to reinforced concrete. Therefore, if we try to remove a nit, it will remain immobile unless we use our fingernails. Nits are usually found on the nape of the neck and behind the ears.

Whitish in color they can be easily confused with dandruff or hair product residue, the big difference is that nits are firmly attached to the hair.


Dandruff, on the other hand, is flaking of the scalp that does not attach or settle anywhere. If we try to remove a dandruff particle, it moves or even falls off without any effort.


Finally, and if we still have doubts, nits produce a characteristic 'crack' if we press them with our fingernails, a sound they make when the egg breaks.


If in doubt, you can always schedule a free diagnosis at the Happy Heads Clinic!




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