One thing that spreads faster than a lice infestation? Myths about lice. Misconceptions about these frustrating and itch inducing insects are prevalent. This article will debunk some typical myths, and what you should really be worried about when dealing with these scalp-irritating bugs.
Lice are very tiny, but in large numbers they can present some large problems. There are several common myths about head lice that can lead to ineffective treatment and worsen your situation. For expert lice treatment in Racine and lice removal services, contact Lice Clinics of America Racine.
Lice can fly and jump!
Lice is the size of a sesame seed which is what makes them so difficult to spot. They have very small legs and absolutely don’t have wings. Crawling is their primary method of moving. This explains why the most common way to contract head lice is through direct head-to-head contact.
If your scalp itches, that means you have head lice!
Dry skin and dandruff also cause people to have an itchy scalp. Although having an itchy scalp is one of the most common symptoms of a lice infestation that doesn’t mean that you have head lice.
Lice love long or dirty hair!
You may be shocked to learn that head lice actually prefer clean hair. This allows them an easier time of crawling to the scalp in order to drink blood. Head lice also have no preferences for the length of hair. Short or long hair is fair game to head lice!
Your pets can transmit lice!
Head lice are species-specific. This means that even if your dog or cat has lice, it is a type of lice that cannot live on a human host. Human lice require human blood to survive and thrive. Therefore, the same lice on your pet will not transfer over to you.
Head lice can transmit diseases to people!
While larger lice, a cousin to head lice, have been known to spread diseases like Typhus, the only medical danger posed by head lice is due to infection from scratches to the scalp.
Kids only get lice at school!
Head lice infestations spread through head-to-head contact with other people. This can happen at school, and quite frankly often does, but it can also occur at any place where there are people sharing close spaces.
You have to use pesticides to remove lice!
Pesticide-based treatments are available either by prescription or over the counter but not only are they unsafe, they are ineffective! The best method of lice removal is our patented AirAlle machine which uses a combination of warm air and combs to kill lice and remove them.
Lice Treatment Options in Racine, WI
After reading this blog you should feel more confident about these common myths around head lice. If you or your child is concerned about lice and needs treatment, make sure you go to Lice Clinics of America – Racine. Our professional staff will make sure you keep your head straight when dealing with head lice.