Head lice infestation is unfortunately a common thing that most people can admit they’ve dealt with sometime or another. Even though head lice are harmless and tend to run rampant in school-age children, they really do cause at the very least headache and stress because they are such a nuisance. Hopefully, by debunking some common myths that you’ve heard about lice will help ease your mind and make you feel a little more at ease if your child gets head lice.
Myth #1: Poor Hygiene
Many associate head lice to poor hygiene and that is the farthest thing from the truth. The only thing a head louse needs is a human host so it can survive. It makes no difference if your head is dirty or pristine. People with even the best hygiene can still catch head lice because your hygiene is not indicative of whether you get head lice. Plus, your regular everyday shampoos and conditioners are incapable of killing head lice, lice are resilient, and hygiene plays no part.
Myth #2: Head Lice Can Survive in Bedding and Furniture
There is a common misconception that lice can live and hide in one’s bedding and furniture, waiting until it finds another host to latch on to. Without a human host the adult louse will die in 1-2 days as it cannot survive. Additionally, the nits (lice eggs) need the warmth of the scalp for incubation before they can hatch; without that they will die. Therefore, both the adult louse and nits will not be able to survive in your bedding, furniture, or carpet and it is extremely rare that you would ever catch lice from these items.
Myth #3: Home Remedies Can Kill Head Lice
Home remedies are a waste of your time and money as there is no scientific evidence that has proven they work. The best thing you can do for yourself if you believe you have head lice is do a self-check for lice and seek professional treatment. If your head check confirms you have lice, your best course of action is to seek a professional lice treatment at our Lice Clinic in South Carolina.
Myth #4: Pets can Carry and Spread Lice
Pets can carry a myriad of parasites and pests such as fleas, ticks, and even bed bugs. Pets however do not carry head lice as they’re not hosts for lice. The only host head lice can survive on is humans. Therefore, if your child has head lice you can cross out the possibility of them getting it from your pets.
Myth #5: Head Lice Transmit Diseases
After much research carried out there is no evidence pointing towards head lice carrying and transmitting infectious diseases. Whereas ticks and other parasites do have the potential to cause diseases such as Lyme disease, head lice do not.
Bring your Child into Lice Clinics of America in Greenville & Anderson, SC
If you check yourself for lice or your child and see nits it’s time to come into our lice clinics in Greenville and Anderson, South Carolina. Don’t waste your money and time on home remedies that aren’t guaranteed to work. Instead, let the professionals take care of it and get rid of head lice the first time around!