Lice can be a big nuisance, and the word ‘lice’ alone is enough to make anyone cringe. While getting lice is common, there are many misconceptions about what lice are, how you can become infested, and how to prevent and treat lice. Here are a few common myths about lice debunked:
1. Lice are dangerous
Yes, lice are creepy critters and a pain to get rid of, but they are not dangerous. Even though lice have a reputation for carrying and spreading diseases, lice are not a major health risk to people who get them.
2. Pets can transmit lice
Certain types of insects like ticks can be passed on from pets to humans, but not lice. There is a certain type of lice that affects pets, but the species of lice that infest humans is not the same.
3. The length of your hair determines your chances for getting lice
When it comes to lice, they don’t discriminate based on the length of someone’s hair. Lice attach to the scalp, therefore anyone with any length of hair has the same chances of getting lice if they come into contact with someone who is already infested.
4. Lice are acquired by lack of cleanliness
While many people associate lice with poor hygiene, that is not the case. Anyone can get lice from contact with someone who already has it, and washing your hair will not get rid of lice. Lice can actually survive underwater for up to six hours! The only way to get rid of lice is by combatting it with treatments.
5. At-home treatments are safe and effective
While it may seem easier to use at-home remedies such as combing or natural oils to treat lice instead of seeing a professional, these types of treatments are not conclusively safe or effective, leaving a higher chance for lice to return. It’s best to seek professional treatment and sterilization of your home in order to get rid of lice for good. (LINK WORDS: get rid of lice for good TO BLOG HOW TO GET RID OF LICE – Blog 1 this month)
Schedule a treatment session with Licenders
If you do find that you or one of your family members has lice, Licenders can help. We offer appointments or walk-ins seven days per week at one of our four salons in the Tri-state area. Feel free to contact us or call 888-984-3042 to schedule an appointment today!