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What is Head Lice and Answers to Other Thrilling Questions About Lice

What is Head Lice and Answers to Other Thrilling Questions About Lice
Updated on 
December 16, 2021

If you’re looking for information about head lice, you’ve come to the right place. It’s a popular topic among many families as nobody with hair is immune to a head lice infestation. We’re experts, so you can find answers to all of your important questions regarding head lice here.

Most Common Questions About Lice

What Is Lice?

Head lice are parasites that live on the head of the affected individual. As lice are required to mate to reproduce, you may wonder where do lice come from? In short, often a lice infestation is contracted from someone else with lice. Once on the head, lice require sustenance, so you’ll want to know what do head lice eat? When an infestation is present, it is important to know what lice look like, what's the difference between lice and nits and how nits are different from other objects.

What Are Types of Lice?

For humans, there are 3 different types of lice we can be affected by. The type of lice that affects the human head is the common head lice. If you are finding lice in other areas of the body, such as the eyebrows, chest hair, facial hair, etc, that is body lice. Regarding lice that infest the pubic region, these are pubic lice, or commonly known as crabs. It’s important to note that head lice do not venture from the head, body lice stay to the main body area, and pubic lice stay in that region.

How Do Lice Spread?

Lice are very contagious, and there are a number of ways someone may contract a case of head lice, however, by far the #1 way is a direct contact with the head of another person. There are alternative ways that are less common, such as sharing helmets, clothes, hair accessories. From there the lice life cycle starts on that person and a full-blown infestation occurs.

Who Can Get Lice?

The type of lice that affects human heads stays on the human head. You do not have to be concerned about your pets. So you might wonder who can get lice? Any human with hair can get head lice. This includes men, pregnant women, teenagers, and babies.

Where Can You Get Lice?

There are a few scenarios that may make someone more prone to head lice, like participating in “high-risk lice activities” like sharing a hairbrush, and a number of other ways.

What Hair Types Are Most Likely to Get Lice?

It’s a common misconception that some hair types cannot contract head lice. So unless you are completely bald, you are susceptible to getting head lice. You might be surprised to learn that even some blood types are more attractive to lice bugs.

What Are Signs of Lice?

Head lice symptoms can be broad and non-specific, however, you should be alert to a number of things. Itching is one of the most common symptoms individuals watch for. Another telltale sign is sores on the head and the neck.

How to Identify Lice?

There are a number of different pests that can bite individuals that can set off your lice radar. One of the more common types of parasites that are mistaken for head lice are bed bugs. Another ailment commonly mistaken for lice is everyday dandruff. Sometimes, just the fact that someone has been around someone with lice can set off “phantom lice syndrome”. So it is important to increase your knowledge about lice so you can be sure to identify it accurately.

How to Get Rid Of Lice?

Getting rid of head lice is something we specialize in. In the age of the internet natural home remedies, and information about them abounds. Choosing the right treatment and head lice removal product is a personal decision. However, all share one commonality: all of the lice and eggs have to be removed from the head to end an infestation, so a good technique is vital. After treatment, ideally, no eggs or bugs should remain in the hair.

How to Clean a Home from Lice?

Many people are concerned with cleaning their home to help aid in the eradication of lice, however, head lice live in the head, not in the home. So if the head is properly treated, the rest of the home will take care of itself.

How to Prevent Lice?

Head lice prevention is very important especially if you or a loved one are in a setting that may cause you to be more at risk of getting head lice. A few habits you can implement to lower the risk of head lice include: avoiding direct head to head contacts, keeping the hair in a hairstyle, ensuring the hair stays artificially dirty, educating children on head lice, and help them to make a plan to avoid “high risk” situations.

What IF There Is a Lice Outbreak at Daycare and School?

When you receive a letter from daycare or school informing you there is a lice outbreak, don’t panic. Regarding daycare, schools, and summer camps, the facility likely has a plan. Be sure to keep communication open with them and check your child regularly for lice.


Finding head lice in your family often raises many questions. We have answered some of the most common ones. If you have any others or need professional lice treatment, call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537. We are available 7 days a week from early morning to late at night and are eager to help you.

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