It can be uncomfortable to talk about having lice, but it is nothing to be embarrassed about. This misconception is that only dirty people get head lice but this is not the truth at all. 6 to 12 million American school children become infested with lice, so why does the stigma surrounding these critters still exist?
Head Lice Does Not Mean Poor Hygiene
Most head lice infestations occur in school-aged children who are around many other children all day. Because these children are often in close quarters and have trouble staying in their own “bubbles”, head lice can be easily transferred from head to head through direct contact. This does not mean your child is not bathing properly.
Washing or Cutting Your Hair Does Not Prevent Lice
Lice do not care how often you wash your hair. Even cutting your hair does not prevent lice as they live on the scalp. There are some shampoos and conditioners that can help soothe the scalp as the infestation grows, but these should be purchased at a lice clinic to ensure they are safe and effective.
Longer hair does attract head lice more often because the critters have more to hold onto, but this is not to say that those with short hair cannot be infested just as easily. If you do have long hair, it may be helpful to pull your hair back and keep it out of your face to reduce your risk of infestation.
How Did I Get Lice?
Lice is only transferred from head-to-head contact. Since small children are in such close contact, it is more common that they are the group to become infested first. From there, parents and family members may also become infested with head lice through direct contact.
Adults who live with these small children are at a higher risk of infestation than adults who are not frequently around children. However, adults can also pass head lice to other adults through head-to-head contact.
How To Get Rid of Lice Fast? Contact A Professional!
Those who have a higher risk of a lice infestation should check their scalp if they begin to experience symptoms such as intense scalp itching. If you or a family member find that you are dealing with a lice infestation, it is important to get a head lice treatment from a professional clinic. Our clinics at Fresh Heads Lice Removal are proud to offer safe and effective treatments in 3 convenient locations. Our clinics in Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, GA and Orlando, FL are here to help you and your family return to a lice free life.
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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!