“Where does head lice come from and how do you get rid of them?” These are common questions and we have answers for you.
There are common misconceptions about how someone catches lice, as well as how to properly treat it. Parents often believe their child catches lice by simply walking by someone when there is a school infestation.
This is not the case. Lice don’t jump, swim or fly. Without actual strands of hair to grab onto with their claws, a louse has a very hard time moving around.
Lice move quickly through hair strands, which makes it easy to spread when there is direct head-to-head contact. It doesn’t take much for a louse to hitch a ride on one single strand of hair and make its way home to your scalp.
Here are a few more common concerns we often hear:
Lice only like dirty hair
This is a myth. Lice aren’t bias. They only care that you are human and have blood flow. The lice spread through head-to-head contact, and even that it doesn’t guarantee infestation, but raises the chance to spread it.
Even though it’s unlikely to catch lice from the environment, we still recommend not sharing hats, combs, scarves, or other similar items.
Pets can carry head lice
This is not a myth. However, while pets can carry lice, it is not the same type of lice humans carry, which means you cannot get lice from your pet and vice versa.
If someone is scratching their head, they must have lice
This is a myth. Though scratching can be an indicator that someone may have head lice; it is not the only reason someone may be itching.
However, someone can still have head lice and not be itchy at all. If someone reacts to a louse’s saliva, that causes itching.
How to prevent
Dealing with head lice can make anyone go into a panic. It’s important to use a proper lice comb and check everyone in your household at least every two weeks or once a month for lice.
Using scented oils in the hair such as tea tree oil or peppermint oil will help prevent lice. However, using these oils will not get rid of lice or eggs, nor will it prevent you from catching lice if your head is on someone’s hair who has an extreme infestation.
If lice infestations do occur and you’re not sure how treat, call Lice Clinics of Canada. We can talk you through it and we offer same-day appointments.
Our Health Canada-cleared heated air treatment guarantees you leave lice-free in just one visit.