I'm not sure if this is the correct board for this question or not, but I didn't see a more appropriate board for it, so here goes.
My scalp has been very itchy/sore for the past few weeks (off and on), on the lower half of my head (not right at the nape of the neck, but maybe a few inches up). I dyed my hair, and that's when I noticed that it got worse... Anyway, I was talking with some people about head lice and that's when it occurred to me that I really HOPE that's not what the problem is here. It could've very well just made me paranoid about it, though.
I've done a ton of research online tonight, and now that I'm completely grossed out, and don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight (because it's all that's on my mind now), I have to add that I have had tiny, white things stuck to loose hairs that I find of mine for years. I did have lice as a kid (probably about 15 years ago--it was treated), and I began noticing these "white things" shortly after this, because my mother pointed out to me what they look like--I thought they were just the shells from the lice that had hatched, and they would go away with time, and ever since then I've noticed them off and on. I kind of doubt that I've had lice for years without absolutely knowing (not to mention, I've had my hair done several times--dyed, streaked, cut, etc.. and I'd think someone would've seen them), but I worry that these are empty nits!
Is there anything else that anybody knows, that these white things on my hair could be? And what about the itching? I'm going to get dh to check my head tomorrow, because I'm completely paranoid now. All that being said, I have a 2 year old ds, and a newborn, and neither one of them are exibiting any symptoms of being infested, nor is my dh.
Please tell me I'm crazy, and that there's something else this itching could be from!
P.S. I have no idea where I'd pick up lice from, if I had it--my babies don't attend daycare or anything, and I really don't share any head stuff (brushes, hats, etc.) with anybody else.