While head lice continue to be a common occurrence among young children, finding out your child has head lice can be a stressful and upsetting situation. Your immediate reaction may be to only tell a few trusted friends and family members, or you may opt to seek head lice treatments online. Unfortunately, there are many misinformed sources on the internet today, which can result in potentially hazardous treatments down the line. At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, our lice removal experts have the experience and tools necessary to help you safely eliminate lice and nits from your life. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common myths and corresponding facts about head lice so you are well prepared when these pesky bugs show up in you or your child’s hair.
Myth #1: Lice Spread By Jumping From Child To Child
While it’s easy to assume that lice have wings because they are insects, the fact of the matter is that they do not. Lice are designed for crawling and latching onto hair follicles and they can only be transferred from person to person through direct contact, whether it be through sharing haircare products, clothing or bedding.
Myth #2: Head Lice Are So Small, You Can’t See Them
Another common myth about head lice is that they are too small to see with the naked eye. While head lice may be difficult to see, they are not invisible to the human eye. Head lice are roughly the size of a sesame seed and they can be best seen during the daytime in natural light with a magnifying glass.
When you visit Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, our clinicians will take the time to carefully inspect your hair and scalp for any signs of lice before recommending the best lice treatment solution for you. Stop by our clinic today or contact us to schedule an appointment!
Myth #3: Lice Prefer To Nest in Long Hair
If you have long hair, you may be wondering if you are more susceptible to catching head lice over someone with a shaved head or short hairdo. We’re happy to let you know that this is not the case. Since head lice feed on human blood, your risk of head lice is not increased by the length of your hair.
Myth #4: Head Lice Are Dangerous & Can Spread Diseases
A common myth about head lice is that they are dangerous insects that can spread diseases. Our lice removal experts are here to let you know that lice do not spread any known diseases, so there is no need to be afraid of these wingless insects.
Myth #5: Lice Prefer Adults Over Children
Children are more inclined to get lice because they are more frequently engaged in head-to-head contact with others. Whether they’re playing games or sports or studying together in the classroom, close contact is the primary way lice are spread from person to person. At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, we’ve helped thousands of parents and children successfully remove lice through our safe and non-toxic treatment solutions. If you’re interested in learning more about our effective lice removal techniques, contact us today!
Myth #6: I Must Shave My Child’s Head If They Have Head Lice
A common misconception among parents is that they must shave their child’s head in order to effectively remove and treat head lice. While removing hair from your child’s head may help with the removal of lice, it is not a guaranteed solution to the problem.
Myth #7: You Must Get Rid Of Every Head Louse Or Else Another Infestation Will Occur
While head lice and eggs can be found around the house in bedding or towels, they typically die within a few days without a food source (human blood). If you or a family member becomes infested with lice, you don’t have to worry about eliminating these pests in every crevice of your home. More often than not, if you can successfully treat the person infected, you won’t have to worry about lice spreading elsewhere.
Myth #8: No-Nit Policies Help Reduce Head Lice In Schools
This once common policy was used to prevent children with lice eggs to return to school until they have been properly treated. Contrary to popular belief, research shows that “no-nit” policies actually do not decrease the number of head lice infestations in schools. The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued due to the following reasons:
- The misdiagnosis of nits is very common when performed by a non-medical professional.
- The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to students, their families, and the communities outweigh the risks associated with lice.
- If normally takes a few weeks for a head lice case to be properly diagnosed.
Myth #9: You Can Get Lice From Your Pets
At Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston, many parents ask us if lice can be spread from their pets. While lice are excellent survivors, they require certain conditions to live that your dog and cat cannot provide. Lice are drawn to the human head because its temperature is perfect for their survival. Other animals such as house pets do not have the same body temperature as humans, so they cannot thrive on the body of Fido or Kitty.
Myth #10: People With Poor Hygiene Are More Prone To A Lice Infestation
A common myth surrounding lice is that they are attracted to people with poor hygiene. While this may certainly sound possible, head lice are equal-opportunity parasites that live exclusively on human blood. It doesn’t matter how often you bathe or wash your hair because lice feed on blood.
If you think you or a loved one may be infested with lice, contact the experts at Lice Treatment Solutions in Houston. We offer a variety of safe and non-toxic lice removal treatments at our state-of-the-art facility along with in-school lice treatments for educational facilities. Contact our lice removal specialists to schedule an appointment today!