5 Myths About Lice
Get The Truth About Lice
There are many myths floating around the internet about lice, including where they come from and how to treat them. Here are some of the most commonly believed myths about lice and why they are false.
Can Only Kids Can Get Head Lice?
Many people believe that only children can get lice. This is probably because oftentimes lice spread when children interact with each other at school without taking the proper precautions. However lice can happen to people at any age in this same way. Adults often get lice from children and can easily spread it to other adults. In fact as many as 12 million adults get lice every year.
Can Can Get Lice From A Pet?
One common myth that is often heard about lice is that people can get lice from pets.This is actually inaccurate because different animals actually have unique species of lice. This is because lice live on the blood of their host to survive which they get from the scalp. For example cat lice live on specifically cat blood and human lice require human blood to survive. There are actually over 3,000 different species, including chicken and whale lice.
If You Have Poor Hygiene You Are More Likely To get Lice:
The truth is that poor hygiene and lice are not correlated. In fact lice tend to be more attracted to clean hair. That being said good hygiene can go a long way in removing lice.Washing hair, as well as clothes, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. as well as putting them in a hot dryer will go a long way in getting rid of the lice.
Lice Can Spread by Jumping or Flying:
Lice actually do not spread quite as quickly and easily as commonly believed. It is often thought that lice spread quickly because they are able to fly or jump like fleas do. Lice are actually not able to fly or jump as do they do not have wings, and they only spread through close contact with others who have been infected, generally hair-to hair contact. When you have lice it is good to limit close contact with others, but simply being near someone is not enough for them to spread.
All Natural Alternative Treatments for Head Lice are Safe and Effective Treatments:
Just because a product is “natural” doesn’t mean it is any healthier or safer, and it certainly doesn’t mean it will be any better at treating lice. Consulting an expert lice clinician like Nit Wits -Lice removal, is the safest route when searching for lice treatment products. Many over the counter products as well as natural home remedies are not effective or even safe, so talking to a lice professional is a good way to find the best solution for you.
Mayonnaise Can Help Get Rid Of Lice:
As mentioned earlier home remedies and alternative treatments for lice are seldom effective and at times are not safe either. Use of mayonnaise is an example of a home remedy that is commonly used, however there is little evidence showing this method is effective. This treatment is used commonly because it is thought that the condiment will suffocate lice, however this does not eliminate lice eggs, which do not breathe. Additionally, this method is unsafe because it requires putting plastic over you or your child’s hair overnight, which can result in suffocation if not done properly.
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