What spreads faster than a lice outbreak? Misinformation and myths about head lice. Misconceptions about these annoying and itch inducing parasites are everywhere. This blog article will debunk some of the most common misconceptions, and what you should really be worried about when dealing with these scalp-irritating bugs.
Head lice are very small, but in numbers they can present some big problems. There are several common myths and misconceptions about head lice that can oftentimes lead to ineffective treatment and worsen your situation. For expert lice treatment in Omaha and lice removal services, contact Lice Clinics of America- Omaha.
Head lice can fly and jump!
Head lice are only about the size of a sesame seed. They have tiny legs and contrary to popular belief, head lice don’t have wings. Crawling is their only method of movement.This is why the most common method of head lice transmission is through direct head-to-head contact.
If your scalp itches, you definitely have lice!
Dandruff and dry skin are also pretty common reasons folks might have an itchy scalp. Although having an itchy scalp is one of the most common symptoms of a lice infestation this does not always mean you have head lice. Always get a professional head lice check if you are not sure if you have head lice or just dandruff or dry skin.
Lice prefers long or dirty hair!
It may seem surprising but lice actually prefer clean hair because it is easier for them to crawl through. Lice also have no preference for the length of hair. Head lice quite simply use our hair as a means to crawl to the scalp and drink blood.
Your dog or cat can give you lice!
Lice are species-specific so even if your dog or cat has lice you can rest easy knowing you will not catch it. Human lice requires species-specific human blood to live and dog lice need dog species-specific blood to survive.
Lice carry and transmit disease to people!
Luckily, head lice do not carry disease. Their close cousins, larger lice, have been known to spread diseases like typhus. The only true medical danger head lice pose is due to secondary infection from scratches to the scalp.
Kids only get head lice at school!
Head lice outbreaks spread through direct head-to-head contact with other people. This can and does happen at school. However, school is not the only place that children or adults can catch head lice. It can also happen anywhere where people are in close proximity and may have direct head-to-head contact with each other.
You have to use dangerous pesticides to kill lice!
While there are pesticide-based treatments available, either over the counter or by prescription these are not the best choice. The safer and more efficient method of lice removal uses our patented AirAlle machine which uses a safe amount of heat and combs to kill lice and remove them from your scalp.
Professional Head Lice Clinic in Omaha, NE
After reading this you should feel more confident and assured about these common myths surrounding head lice. If you or anyone you know is troubled by a head lice outbreak and seeks treatment, make sure you go to Lice Clinics of America – Omaha. Our fantastic professionals and staff will make sure you keep your head straight when dealing with these pesky pests!