Head lice are pesky little insects found on the human head that live on the scalp and the hair shaft. We are all pretty familiar with head lice but how contagious are they? These creatures come in three separate forms known as adult lice, the egg (nit), or the nymph. Lice eggs and nymphs are typically darker in color but difficult to see because they often blend into hair. As they grow, they turn into a sesame seed-sized bug of a tan or gray color. Adult head lice are easier to spot on the scalp because of their color.
How can I catch lice?
Head lice are very easy to catch and spread quickly. Anyone can catch lice although it is most common in younger children and their parents or teachers. The most common way to contract lice is through head-to-head contact. When your head directly touches another head that is infested with lice that are considered head-to-head contact. Head lice do not jump or fly, and they also cannot swim. There are many times lice can spread whether in a classroom, at summer camp, on the playground, or even just at home.
What are the symptoms of lice?
There are many common symptoms that point to a head lice infestation. When you have head lice you often feel something moving throughout the hair, similar to a tickling sensation. Another common symptom of lice is itching on the scalp. When lice bite your head it often causes a reaction that creates an itch.
How do I treat lice if I catch them?
If you or a loved one contracts lice it is important to deal with it as quickly as possible and alert anyone who could have come in contact with you. There are many different head lice treatments online and in stores, but be aware that most of them are completely ineffective and are made of pesticides. The safest and most effective way to treat a lice infestation is to visit Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL and Savannah, GA. At Fresh Heads we are committed to safely and quickly removing head lice. With treatment options for every budget and situation, there is no doubt you will be lice-free and back to normal in no time.
Schools Without Lice
At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!