Lice are a common problem but they can be very difficult to get rid of. The tiny creatures latch on tightly to the roots of the hair and lay eggs multiple times a day, making them hard to eliminate. The unrelenting itch and the bumpy scalp are usually enough to have anyone seeking lice treatment as soon as possible, but what would happen if they were left alone altogether?
Would the head lice eventually pack up and leave? After all, lice don’t live forever. Unfortunately, lice are a problem that will not go away with time. Though head lice only live for about 30 days, that is more than enough time for them to multiply. In fact, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the more likely you are to end up with a head lice infestation, in both your hair and your home, not to mention the possibility of a serious bacterial infection. Here are a few of the issues that may arise from delaying treatment.
Spreading lice to others
As soon as head lice latch onto the hair of a host, their main priority becomes making more head lice. Unless this process is stopped as soon as possible, what once was a minor case of head lice can quickly turn into a serious infestation. Once an egg is planted in the hair, it’s only 7 days before a new louse is born, and a single louse can lay up to 8 eggs a day. This leaves plenty of lice available to spread to others by direct head to head contact.
Bacterial infection from lice
Another big problem that can arise from waiting for lice to go away on their own is the risk of a bacterial infection. If you’ve ever had lice before, chances are you were told not to scratch, but no one ever mentioned why. As you scratch the scalp, you create tiny cuts, allowing the bacteria from the saliva of the head lice to enter your bloodstream. This results in a rash which can lead to a serious bacterial infection if left untreated. If the case of head lice continues untreated, the infection can reach the lymph nodes and become a life-threatening situation. Either way, the only cure is a course of strong antibacterial medication.
Lice Clinics of America South Carolina
If someone you know thinks they might be dealing with head lice, they must seek treatment as soon as possible. Lice don’t go away with time. Here at Lice Clinics of America in Greenville and Anderson, SC, we provide the largest professional lice removal service, with over 800,000 successful treatments. If you want to know how to check for lice, or you are interested in booking an appointment for lice removal contact us today.