Isn’t it wonderful how easy it is to access information on the internet? The way in which we look for information has changed in a very significant way in the last 20 years or so. Unfortunately, the fact that virtually anyone can become an expert overnight has also facilitated the spread of misinformation and factoids that often confuse people instead of helping them.
When it comes to head lice, there seems to be a lot of misinformation and common myths that people usually assume to be true, after all it is easy to believe what we want to believe. On the other hand, it is important to consider the consequences of our actions and our decisions; think about what could go wrong if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family from a head lice infestation. This article will attempt to clarify some of these common misunderstandings and head lice myths that could make the difference between treating head lice effectively and having a recurrent head lice problem that becomes increasingly frustrating as time passes.
Myth: It is possible to get lice from your pets and vice versa.
Fact: It is impossible to get lice from your pets and you certainly can’t pass on your lice to your pets. The type of lice that affects humans is called Pediculus humanus capitis and it can only live by feeding off human blood. Even if it was possible for them to be transferred through direct contact to animals living in your home, they simply can’t survive because they require a very specific set of nutrients that can only be found in human blood and they will quickly die. It is important to remember that the Pediculus humanus spends its entire life cycle attached to its host.
Myth: Medicated head lice treatments are as effective today as always.
Fact: Most of the medicated treatments available at drugstores and convenience stores have an active ingredient called Permethrin, this ingredient has been used as insecticide for almost 100 years now and unfortunately it seems like head lice today have built up an immunity in their system against it. This immunity of course is passed on to new generations of lice that become more and more resistant to this ingredient. When it comes to treating a head lice infestation effectively, one of the best options available out there in the market today is ClearLice, which is a natural lice treatment. It simply does not contain any pesticides or harsh chemicals, which means that the lice are unable to build up an immunity against it.
Myth: Lice can fly, jump from one head to the other or travel.
Fact: Lice do not have wings so it is physically impossible from them to fly from one head to another. And while other parasites and bugs like fleas can jump from one head to another, head lice simply don’t have the ability to do that due to the fact that they simply don’t have the anatomical structures needed to perform such feats of agility. The only way in which lice can move from one host to the other is through direct contact. Looking at this information, it is easy to see how it would be easy for children at schools, day care centers and playgrounds to get lice from other children. However, it should be noted that head lice CAN be passed on through every day objects such as hair brushes, combs, bows, ornaments as well as towels, bedding and other articles of clothing because when our hair falls off, it usually ends up in one of these places.
Myth: Head lice are known to carry diseases.
Fact: Fortunately, while head lice are extremely annoying and uncomfortable, they are not known to carry any diseases or infections. However, it should be noted that head lice are known to cause rashes, bumps and itchiness. It is common for children to scratch their scalp until it is red, bleeding or raw. If we take a second to consider the fact that children don’t usually keep their hands clean, it is easy to see how this could quickly lead to an infection. Head lice can also have other psychological effects and they could affect our children’s grades and performance in school due to the fact that children with lice are usually sent back home from school, resulting in missed days and assignments.