If you’re like most Americans, then you probably have a vague understanding of head lice. This is completely understandable, as many Americans have very little, or no, experience with head lice. In today’s post, we’ll answer some of the most common questions we receive about lice treatment and removal. If you need lice removal in Houston, then get in touch with Lice Treatment Solutions! Our lice treatment center will help you get back to lice-free living as quickly as possible, so reach out to us at 832-284-4727 to get started!

Common Head Lice Questions

What Are Head Lice?

Head lice are small parasitic insects that feed on blood. Lice commonly live in human hair, though they can be found in other areas of the body.

Who Is at Risk of Developing a Lice Infestation? 

Head lice will take up residence in any hair to which they’re exposed, meaning that it’s possible for anyone to develop a lice infestation. However, young children and their family members are much more likely to develop head lice than other segments of the population. Lice cannot jump or fly, and they therefore rely on direct contact in order to move from person to person. Young children playing at school and coming into contact with one another are much more likely than older adults to transmit lice — in fact, the CDC estimates that between 6 and 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 11 will become infested with lice every year.

Will I Get a Disease From Head Lice?

One of the most common questions our lice treatment center receives is, “Are head lice dangerous?” Most of the time, this question is really asking if head lice can cause disease. This question is completely understandable, as other parasites such as ticks are notorious for spreading diseases. Head lice are not known to spread disease, and are therefore not considered to be a public health hazard. Head lice should still be treated as quickly as possible upon discovery, as they will continue to lay eggs and multiply, making the problem much harder to address as time goes on.

Can I Get Head Lice From a Public Pool?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the chlorine used to sanitize the water in public pools will not kill head lice. Head lice are also able to survive in water for several hours, meaning that it is possible for lice to spread in a public pool. However, studies have also shown that head lice cling to hair follicles so tightly that the flow of water from showering and swimming is unlikely to dislodge them. So, although it’s possible for lice to survive in a swimming pool and be transmitted from person to person, this is a highly unlikely scenario, and you should not be worried about developing lice after swimming in your local pool.

Keep an eye on our blog page for future posts in which the experts from our Houston lice treatment center will continue to provide you with answers to some of the most common questions they receive about head lice. If you or someone you know needs to be treated for head lice, then make an appointment with Lice Treatment Solutions! Our all-natural lice treatments will get you back to lice-free living as quickly as possible.