The Common and Uncommon Ways in Which People Get Lice

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If you or your children have had lice before, one of the first questions that will circle your mind is “how could this have happened?” and we don’t blame you! Getting head lice can be a puzzling experience for some, especially considering the fact that there are still a lot of misconceptions and myths associated with head lice. And while it is common for people to think that hygiene, living conditions, or the environment are factors to consider when dealing with a head lice infestation, these have nothing to do with getting head lice. So, if these do not play a role in contracting head lice infestations, then how do you get lice?

Common Ways

Sharing headgear
Hats, helmets, caps, beanies, bandannas and headbands are just some of the most common culprits when it comes to head lice infestations. And while adults do not typically share these on a regular basis, it is not uncommon for children and teenagers to share these at school, playgrounds, and after-school activities. As we know, lice do not have the ability to jump or fly, so the only way in which they can move is by crawling across surfaces, especially surfaces that are not flat. When an infected person puts on a hat or other headgear, the lice can crawl onto these fabric items.

Direct Contact
Children will come in direct contact with other children at school and this is pretty much inevitable. Especially those who are in Pre-K or in the early stages of elementary school. The most common direct contact by which lice are spread is by hugging as this brings two people together and their heads will inevitably touch. Head lice will then take this opportunity to find a new host in which they can lay their eggs. And despite the fact that we can try and educate our children on how to avoid direct contact, children of this age find it very difficult to avoid direct contact and it is likely that sooner rather than later you will have to find a way to prevent your children from getting lice at school. This is why here at ClearLice we have developed natural lice prevention products that can help you and your family keep these parasites away.

Sharing Combs
This is another “capital sin” that we can add to the list of common ways in which people can get lice. And it is not hard to see why it would be so common to get head lice from sharing combs, after all, most families do not have a single brush and comb for every single member of their household and it is rather common for people to share these. The problem here lies in the fact that lice attach themselves to individual strands of hair, and when we brush or comb these strands, sometimes they detach from the scalp and end up tangled in the teeth of your comb or brush. As you can imagine, the next time an unsuspecting victim uses this brush or comb, he will find himself infested with lice. This is also why it is so important to sanitize these items after an infestation so that you can effectively avoid future cases of head lice.

Not-So-Common Ways

Furniture and Bed Linens
Bed linens, pillow covers, towels and furniture made out of cloth are the perfect breeding spot for lice. Lice can survive off of the head for up to 48 hours and nits can survive off of the head for up to 10 days in your environment and on your personal items. If you were able to successfully treat a case of head lice, it is very important to think about your environment and these items and how to sanitize them. Here at ClearLice we have developed a sanitizing household spray and laundry additive that can be used on these items in order to make sure they’re completely free of lice.

Sharing Headphones
Believe it or not, headphones can sometimes become a hotspot for lice. Keep in mind that headphones can be made out of a large number of different materials. Obviously, the ones made out of hard plastic and leather are not that risky to use, but those made out of fabric or sponge-like material can be somewhat dangerous if worn by a person with a head lice problem.

Now that you are aware of the main common and uncommon ways to catch lice, you can start protecting yourself and your children. With ClearLice prevention products, you will greatly reduce your chances of contracting a head lice infestation. They are also natural, safe, and can be used daily!

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