Myths and Facts about Head lice

Myths and Facts about Lice

Myths and Facts about Lice

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While it might seem like there is a lot of information on the internet regarding head lice, sometimes it can be a little difficult for us to know for certain what information is trustworthy. Despite the fact that there are a lot of self-proclaimed experts on the internet, the truth is that anyone willing to do a bit of research can quickly inform themselves on head lice.

Unfortunately, it seems like many people are (perhaps unwillingly) spreading incorrect information about head lice, their symptoms, causes and other facts, which is why we thought clearing some of this information up would be a good idea. Have you ever wondered if  any of the myths about head lice are true? Who should you trust when it comes to finding information online about head lice?

Myth #1: Head lice are caused by bad hygiene

People who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s can perhaps recall the lice eradication campaigns that took place in most public schools. These eradication campaigns placed a huge emphasis on personal hygiene and made it their task to prove that regular hair combing/brushing along with daily showers could prevent children from getting head lice. While we do agree that personal hygiene is extremely important for both children and adults alike, studies have proven that a head lice outbreak has nothing to with personal hygiene at school or home. It is also important to mention that washing your hair with regular shampoo will not get rid of lice  due to the fact that head lice latch on to the scalp using little prongs on their legs and regular shampoo will do absolutely nothing to them (other than give them a nice bath), so it is important to pick a head lice treatment option that is not only effective but safe.


Myth #2: You are more likely to get head lice if you have long hair

A common myth (especially in schools and day care centers) is that people with long hair are more likely to suffer from head lice and nits. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hair length has nothing to do with how likely you are to get head lice as head lice do not care whether hair is long, short, straight, curly or wavy. Lice can live in the human scalp as long as there is enough hair to keep them shielded from the environment and other potential hazards such as light, extreme cold or even dirt. If you have a daughter with extremely long hair and there is a head lice warning at their school, you might consider tying up her hair in a ponytail or bun as loose hair can help lice move towards the scalp, but otherwise there should not be any other concerns when it comes to hair length.

Myth 3: Head lice carry pathogens and cause diseases

While these nasty bugs are a nuisance, they are generally considered more of a cosmetic issue rather than a public health issue. Do not get us wrong, we are not saying that living with head lice is acceptable at all, in fact as you know we do everything we can to rid our customers of these bugs. But studies have proven that head lice or nits –despite the fact that they can be extremely annoying– are not known to carry or transmit any diseases. Children who are suffering from head lice can sometimes experience intense itching and develop sores in their scalp due to the constant scratching. And we understand how this can be a concern, especially when we consider the fact that head lice feed on human blood in order to survive. However, the amount of blood that a louse can draw from the human scalp is extremely small –almost insignificant- and certainly not enough to transmit any diseases. Special attention should be paid to children and adults who have developed sores as they may become infected from other sources of pathogens.

Myth 4: Pets are a common source of head lice

Although we have explained the parasitic relationship between head lice and humans in the past, it is worth mentioning that this relationship is mutually exclusive and head lice do not latch on to other species such as dogs and cats. Head lice can only survive under a very specific set of conditions that can only be found in the human body and despite the fact that pets do carry their own species of head lice, these cannot be passed on to humans and humans cannot pass on their head lice to pets. Simply put, the head lice found on dogs need dog blood to survive and human head lice need human blood to survive.

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