So we all know that head lice only affect young children, right? So we don’t need to worry about them, right? They can’t get to us if we’re over the age of 13, right? Wrong. Head lice have changed their ways, so it’s time we’ve changed our ways of thinking about them.
New research has shown that head lice are now affecting more young adults and university students than ever before. And the main reason why? Believe it or not, selfies are thought to be one of the culprits. According to a study, university students are the perfect candidates for head lice to infest because they partake in risky behaviors including but not limited to taking selfies with heads touching. And one thing that hasn’t changed of course, is that head lice only spread through direct head-to-head contact and occasionally through non-direct head-to-linen contact.
Because university students live in such close quarters, especially in dormitory setting, it’s a wonder that these pests haven’t infested sooner. So even though you think you may be immune to the charms of head lice, you may not be. It is important that you learn to protect yourself from head lice, even as a young adult.
The Truth about Head Lice
There are a lot of myths circulating the internet about head lice and what to do about them. Some websites tell you that you cannot get head lice from sharing hair brushes, others say you can. Some websites will tell you that lice can jump from head to head. In all honesty, head lice are not that complicated. They are simply tiny insects that infest human scalps in order to survive. They feed off of the secretions from the scalp and the blood that exists atop the head. When they feed on a human’s scalp, they inject saliva to which humans are allergic. This causes the infested host to begin feeling itchy.
Enticing stuff, right?
They attach themselves to strands of loose hair, and then take refuge at the base of the strand or the hair shaft. They burrow themselves into the hair, blending in with their surroundings. They lay eggs and continue to repeat this process until they die. Think about it: their whole life cycle is about finding a host and reproducing, and repeating that process until death.
Once the eggs are laid, they are attached to the shafts of the hair with a sort of cement, making them nearly impossible to remove without some sort of agent to assist them. It is essential that once you start to feel like lice may be roaming around in your hair, you seek treatment immediately.
Various Treatment Options
There are many different options available to you in order to treat head lice. Of course, the simplest treatment would be an over-the-counter shampoo and/or conditioner that you can pick up from your local CVS, Walgreens or Walmart. However, there is one problem with that simple solution: those products don’t work. Recent studies have indicated that head lice are highly adaptive creatures. In fact, it’s this quality that has allowed them to survive all these years. Given this nature, they have adapted to be immune to the chemicals and pesticides that often exist in the over-the-counter lice treatments. In fact, the only thing being harmed by these treatments is often the person being treated by them. These lice that are immune to the effects of over-the-counter medications are called super lice, and it takes a lot more to get rid of them than a measly over-the-counter treatment.
There are also many bloggers out there that will swear by certain home remedies for lice treatment. There are dozens of them. Everything from dousing your head in vinegar to oil to mayonnaise has been suggested by the internet. There are plenty of testimonials out there that will tell you they work, but there is absolutely no scientific evidence out there to attest to those claims. If you read about a magical at-home remedy that could cure the common cold, you’d be a little skeptical about its validity because you know there is no cure for the common cold. In addition, these home remedies are often messy, disgusting and time-consuming. The mayonnaise remedy takes about eight hours for it to be effective. Who has eight hours to waste on a lice treatment?
Luckily, there is a treatment option available that will not only be the most effective, but also the safest lice treatment option yet. With word about super lice circulating, companies like ClearLice in Boca Raton, FL has been working to find a natural solution to your lice problems. ClearLice, a natural lice removal product that works faster and more effectively than any other lice treatment options.
ClearLice shampoo and conditioner are SLS and pesticide free. They use natural enzymes to breakdown lice and make them easier to remove. ClearLice also provides you with room sprays and laundry additives to help get rid of lice and nits quickly and effectively.
Try ClearLice today and be lice-free tomorrow!