Lice are common occurrence in children, with one in every 10 children infected with head lice every year. It is at this time that questions such as “How do you get lice?”, “Where do lice come from?” and importantly, “How to get rid of lice?” are on the top of our minds. As common as lice are, they have many common misconceptions attached to them. Allow us to bust these myths about head lice –
1. MYTH: Only people with bad hygiene get head lice.
FACT: A head lice infection doesn’t correlate to having an unhygienic scalp. Head lice spread through direct head-to-head contact with another lice-infected person, and can affect one’s scalp irrespective of the cleanliness level.
2. MYTH: Lice carry diseases and are dangerous.
FACT: Lice come with numerous health risks – itching of the scalp and rashes being the most common. Though, head lice also are not known carriers of any disease. While having lice can carry a social stigma with them, they have slim chances of spreading any diseases.
3. MYTH: Lice can be washed of the scalp by simply rinsing your hair with water.
FACT: Lice have the ability to stay underwater for long periods of time, some even as long as six hours. When we try to get rid of lice, we must use the painful lice removal method of using a lice comb, or the painless method of using lice shampoo such as Mediker to treat the infection.
4. MYTH: Lice can jump and fly.
FACT: Although lice look like they have the ability to fly, they are unable to do so. Lice have neither hind legs nor wings to jump from one person to another,nor can fly from one infected person to infect someone else. (They can only transfer from personal interaction.)
5. MYTH: You can get lice by standing near somebody, who is already infected by them.
FACT: As stated above, lice cannot fly or jump; and hence, do not transmit from one person to another. Lice are commonly spread by sharing personal items such as pillows, hair-brushes, scarves or sheets. When a person has lice, their personal belongings should be washed thoroughly in hot water and not used for a few days,since head lice cannot survive without human blood for more than a day or two.
6. MYTH: Pets spread lice.
FACT: Certain types of lice do infect pets, but such lice from animals cannot spread to humans and humans cannot transfer head lice to pets. Head lice are only common in people as they survive on human blood alone.
7. MYTH: Head lice prefer long hair.
FACT: If you have hair, no matter what the length or volume, there is a chance of contacting lice. It is a common misconception that head lice do not infect those with short or coarse hair. Head lice do not discriminate on the basis of hair, and could infect any child whether their hair is short or long, smooth or coarse. Head lice could attach themselves on a single strand of hair as long as it heads to the scalp, where they can live off human blood.
Lice can be a painful experience for your child, but it is important to know your facts to get rid of them. Use Mediker anti-lice shampoo for kids, the 100% Natural Solution to help your child in painless head lice removal.