This question was answered on Mon 12, Jul 2010 11:28pm by Dr Naresh Malpani

how long does head lice live when not on a human (clothes, bedding, etc)

    
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how long does head lice live when not on a human (clothes, bedding, etc)

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Answer by Dr Naresh Malpani  on Mon 12, Jul 2010 11:28pm:

Hello! An adult louse live up to 30-40 days on the human head. During this time the female can lay up to 90 eggs known as nits, which incubate for 7-10 days and then hatch. After 10 days hatched lice matures into adult and the cycle is repeated. A louse can live off human head for 1-2 days. Nits can live longer but they usually do not get separated as the female lice glues the nits to the hairs.

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