If you’re reading this, you’re probably dealing with head lice. You’re not alone: head lice are one of the most common childhood diseases in the US. Humans have been picking these tiny insects off each other for millennia; it’s only a few decades we've had pesticides to treat them.
Unfortunately, head lice have evolved to be immune to common chemicals. This makes treatment harder, which means head lice spread more. Your school probably dropped their no nit policy when too many kids were missing too much school.
Educating yourself can be valuable in avoiding or getting rid of an infestation. But treating lice is challenging and unpleasant, and there is no shame in outsourcing treatment to a lice removal service.
What Are Lice?
What Are the 3 Types of Lice?
- There are 3 different types of lice that infest humans and feed on human blood.
- The common head louse affects only human head hair, and mainly children;
- Pubic lice (a.k.a. "crabs") infest human body hair, and mainly adults. Aside from pubic hair, they can also live in eyebrows, eyelashes, chest hair, facial hair, and sometimes coarser head hair. If there are live lice anywhere other than head hair, they're probably pubic lice, even if they're on the head too;
- can bite any body part, but you're more likely to find them in clothing, bed clothes, or upholstered furniture where they reproduce.
Where Do Lice Originate From?
What Is Lice Life Cycle?
Read more in “How Do Lice Reproduce?”.
Are Head Lice More Active at Night?
What Does Lice Look Like?
What Can Be Mistaken for Lice?
Where Do You Get Lice From?
Signs You Have Lice
How to Check for Lice?
Can You Have Just One Lice in Your Hair?
Is Lice Contagious?
How Does Lice Spread?
Are Lice Fast?
How Long Can Lice Live Without a Host?
Are Lice Attracted to Certain Hair Types?
Who Is at Risk of Getting Lice?
What Are Alternative Natural Lice Remedies?
The following home remedies for lice may be more effective than prescription treatments, but only if performed correctly.
- Wet combing eggs with nit combs;
- Nitpicking eggs by hand;
- Hair masques of olive oil, mayonnaise, or lotion;
- Diluted essential oils.
How to Prevent Lice?
- Head lice prevention is better than treatment. If you're at risk of getting head lice because of a school outbreak, these habits lower your odds:
- Avoid direct head-to-head contact with others;
- Have a short or tied-back hairstyle that minimizes contact area for lice to grab onto;
- Keep hair coated with non-chemical lice-repellent spray, hair gel, hairspray, oils, or other product;
- Educate children on head lice: help them avoid “high risk” situations;
- Check heads regularly during the school year. Better to catch it early, before head lice spread to every child;
- Use an overnight hair masque every couple weeks;
- Wash or dry laundry on hot cycle.
What Do Lice Feed On?
Are Lice Found Only on the Scalp?
What Is Super Lice?
Can Pets Get Lice?
Can Head Lice Carry Disease?
What Happens if You Have Lice for Too Long?
- Superficial bacterial infections;
- Hair loss or matting;
- Insomnia, and all the health complications that go along with insomnia;
Can Lice Kill You?
How to Calculate How Long You Have Had Lice?
- Every head lice infestation is different. Here's a guideline for how long you have had head lice.
- Week 1: no symptoms, no visible nits, possibly visible bugs;
- Week 2: no symptoms, a few visible nits, possibly visible bugs;
- Week 3-4: mild or no symptoms, several visible nits, sometimes visible nymphs;
- Weeks 5-6: mild-moderate or no symptoms, many visible nits, visible bugs;
- Weeks 7+: mild-severe or no symptoms, many visible nits with potential hair matting, visible bugs.
Can Lice Go Away on Its Own?
Do You Need to Stay at Home if You Have Lice?
If One Family Member Has Lice Should Everyone Be Treated?
Do You Need to Clean House or School After Lice?
When you hire LiceDoctors, you don't need to worry about how to get rid of lice in your house.If the head is properly treated and protected after treatment, head lice can't survive in the rest of the home.
How Long Does It Take To Get Rid of Lice?
Still Have Questions About Head Lice? Let Us Help!
Even some doctors and school nurses don't know everything about head lice FAQ. We too once obsessed about washing head lice- infested brushes, combs, clothing, hats in hot water, checked only children for nits, mistook nits for dandruff, and treated head lice with pesticide treatments that threatened our health. Now we spend all day helping people get rid of head lice and we have successfully treated cases ranging from a few nits to thousands of nits in the hair. We now know head lice mainly spread from infested person to person and natural treatment with just oil and combs can be effective while protecting health. Call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537 for science-backed answers to your head lice FAQ, and if you need help with head lice treatments, book an appointment today!