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Adults Can Get Head Lice too!


Updated on June 25, 2020

By LiceDoctors Technician, Kelli Ogle

Got hair? Then you can get head lice. Often adults pick up a case of lice from their child. Lice are usually transmitted through head to head contact.

Anyone With Hair is a Candidate for Lice

A common misconception regarding head lice is that the condition can only affect school-aged children. This is false, of course, and when head lice removal is delayed, an entire household – including the adults – can become affected by these tiny, itchy, little pesky bugs. It is important to learn how to get rid of lice in children and adults because lice simply do not discriminate. What that means is that they do not care about someone’s age, race, blood type, hair type, hygiene etc. They are only interested in one thing, just like vampires. THEY WANT TO SUCK YOUR BLOOD!

If a child in the household brings head lice home from school, then it is certainly possible that he or she can pass them to other family members. This is exactly why it is so important to check for the bugs on occasion and utilize effective head lice removal tactics upon their discovery. Adults rarely contract lice outside of the house, and when they do, it is usually from another child or from an adult who was exposed to an infested child. The possibility of an adult contracting head lice should never be ruled out. Adults and children must both treated when an infestation is discovered on a family member, regardless of age.

Even Baby and Grandpa can Get Lice


Don’t rule out anyone in the family as a possible carrier of lice. Even the baby with hardly any hair can be infested if she caught it from her older sibling or from a playmate. She can pass it to grandpa who can then pass it to friends when he hugs them hello. Lice are that contagious.

We Get It - Adults May be Embarrassed about Lice


Getting head lice as an adult can be quite the emotionally and mentally taxing situation, and may be embarrassing. If you think that the stigma of head lice is tough for children, the experience of the stigma as an adult as compared to as a child is one to be considered. Keep in mind that anyone can get lice and that it is a very treatable situation. It is also helpful for your children if you can model a calm and optimistic attitude toward getting rid of these unwanted visitors.

Use your resources and seek treatment options immediately upon discovery of head lice. Being embarrassed to do so, will only give these bugs more time to lay more nits. Before you know it, you are infested with them, and that makes it more difficult to treat.

Not All Treatment Options are Created Equal


No matter what your age, whether you are a toddler or 90 years old, lice can pose a problem. However, not all the head lice removal options are equally effective.

It is important to consider how efficacious, safe, and reliable a treatment is before you use it on yourself or a family member. We do not recommend pesticide lice treatments for anyone, but that goes double for young children.

But wait—before you douse your child’s head with this stuff, you might want to know what’s in it. The answer: neurotoxins, which kill lice by attacking the central nervous system. Rid, Pronto, and A-200 contain pyrethrins, and Nix contains permethrin, all used in common garden pesticides. Ovide contains an even stronger neurotoxin, malathion. (Yes, that’s the same pesticide many communities banned a decade ago.)

Needless to say, these pesticides aren’t something you’d normally want to expose your kids to. Pyrethrin exposure has been linked to asthma and other breathing problems in children, as well as skin rashes. They’re also probable endocrine disruptors and may raise breast cancer risk by elevating estrogen levels. Lindane, the oldest neurotoxin used for lice treatment and the active ingredient in Kwell, has been banned in 52 countries and restricted in 33 others for causing serious side effects, including seizures, stiff neck, lethargy, and slurred speech.

What you really might want to know, though, is that not only are these lice treatments potentially toxic—they don’t even work.” Back To School-No Need For Pesticides

Here at LiceDoctors, technicians treat people with natural and safe products. We do not use harsh chemicals. We are here for you and will come out to your home to treat your family. Do not delay the process because it can only make things worse. Get ahead of the problem and find treatment options that fit your beliefs and your budget! Call for help today in Greeley or Loveland and vicinity at 720-292-1991 . Technicians are available day or night, 365 days a year, to make a convenient and private house call to you.