Head Lice Spread. Do head lice cause any kind of infections or infectious diseases? Actually no, head lice do not transmit or spread any diseases or health problems of any kind. First of all why do head lice have such a bad reputation? Because head lice are often confused with body lice. Body lice are different from head lice, but this fact seems to have become lost in all of the confusion about lice. Body lice do transmit disease, body lice are best known for typhus epidemics in times of war or unrest in the last century. Finally, there is no chance that your child could possibly have body lice because as long as your child wears clean clothes, bathes regularly and does not live in a war zone or a refugee camp, it is not possible for your child to have body lice.
Head Lice Spread. More commonly known as head lice infestations, really means a cluster of head lice cases in your community. Sound familiar? It should because, head lice have become resistant to pesticides. Therefore head lice are doing just fine in 2017.
Head Lice Spread. Parents run screaming from the room when they discover head lice, like it is the worst piece of news they have ever heard. Why is there so much lice paranoia? Because 100 years ago in parts of the world the word lice did truly mean that you lived in a house with no running water or floor, and you had no money and you never bathed or changed your clothing. However this could not be farther from the truth in terms of head lice. We see parents every single day who have laundered every piece of clothing in their home, every towel, every sheet, pillowcase and comforter. Furthermore, these same parents have had professional cleaners come in to steam clean their carpets, couches and drapes. Sadly none of these measures were ever necessary in regards to head lice. Because head lice are not in your environment, they live only on your, and your children’s, scalps.
Head Lice Spread. What kinds of lice can humans get? Can dogs and cats get head lice? Can Dogs and Cats spread lice? Head lice actually only live on the human scalp and are not interested in anything off of a human scalp. You will not find hair lice eggs off a scalp. Head lice nits off of the scalp are no longer viable. A lice egg off a human head will not be warm enough to survive. As a result, nits hatching off a human head will die immediately due to lack of food. You won’t find head lice walking around in your home, off a human scalp.
Head Lice Spread. What do head lice like to eat? First of all head lice have evolved be exclusively interested in human blood. Lice take regular blood meals from the human scalp. Furthermore, lice leave saliva, an anticoagulant and an anaesthetic at the bite site. 90% of the time. In addition we humans have not reaction whatsoever to head lice bites. Humans are unable to feel the lice biting us. Humans are very unlikely to experience head lice symptoms of any kind. After 2 or 3 months of a head lice infestation, there is a tipping point in 10% of people. That 10% of people will develop head lice itching. As a result, they will madly start to itch like their scalp is on fire.
Head Lice Spread. Head lice stigma means that parents don’t discuss head lice with other parents. As a result this situation just gives the head lice more time to spread around your child’s community. Parents are not aware that head lice transmission has taken place in their children, because they are afraid to tell anyone, including the school nurse, that their child has lice.