Head lice are a common problem of school-aged children. It doesn’t matter how clean, dirty, rich or poor you are. Even though head lice may be a nuisance, they do not cause serious illness or carry disease. This problem can be treated at home, however, you may want to seek information on treatment options and how to prevent the spread of head lice by contacting our triage nurse. The most common symptom is itching behind the ears and at the back of the neck. The treatment comes in the form of medicated hair rinse. It is also necessary to do several other preventive measures to stop the return of the problem. More information can be found by visiting healthychildren.org.