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Can Bald People Really Get Lice?

Can Bald People Really Get Lice?
Updated on 
December 30, 2020

Can bald people get lice? This is a common inquiry that is made from clients calling to get head lice treatment for their families. They want to make sure that everyone with lice is treated – even if they are bald! Let’s discuss can bald people get head lice?

Can Bald People Get Head Lice?

Being bald comes with its many upsides. A few of them are that bald people, or people who have no hair on their heads, do not have to pay for expensive salon hair treatments or shampoos. They also do not have the other expenses that people with hair on their head incur, like that of paying for regular hair cuts. Also noteworthy, for bald individuals, getting ready in the morning is a breeze as they will not need to spend time washing, drying, and styling their hair! There are other benefits that come with being bald – consider head lice.  

Can a bald person get lice? If so, can bald men get lice, or will just bald women? Regarding head lice specifically – if you are bald you can add not getting lice to the list of pros that come with having no hair. Consider this:  head lice are a parasite that lives on, reproduce, and feed off of the human head. Most often, head lice are transmitted when one or more head lice bugs grab onto a strand of a neighboring person’s hair and “Tarzans”, or swings, itself from the head it previously occupied to a new host’s hair. Once it arrives there, the bug will crawl all the way up to the scalp using the strand of hair as a rope, gripping and grabbing with its claws, where it will feed off of the blood in the scalp. A pregnant louse will lay her eggs (nits) on the strands of hair within one-quarter of an inch of the scalp where they will stay warm and cozy until they are ready to hatch. Once the lice eggs (nits) hatch, those baby lice bugs (nymphs) will immediately feed on the blood of the scalp until they are old enough to reproduce and lay eggs of their own.

But can lice live on a bald head? Consider that in the absence of hair the live bugs lack the resources they need to get to the head in the first place. On the off chance that a live bug actually makes its way to a bald person’s scalp, it may be able to feed, but the environment there will not only be uncomfortable for the lice, but it will also not be conducive to long term survival. Without hair, the bugs will also be unable to camouflage themselves, and will therefore be easier to see and vulnerable to being caught and squished. The scalp will also be colder providing an unfriendly, unwelcome, and unpleasant environment for the bug to survive in.

Basically, the louse will have nothing to cling to so it will soon fall off the hair. Once that happens, the louse will die within a day as lice cannot live long without their food: human blood. So we can definitively answer “can lice live on bald head” with a confident and joyful no! However, being bald does not provide a free pass from lice – it will only prevent a person from getting head lice. Other species of lice can infest hair on the other parts of a person’s body.

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Other Kinds Of Lice

When asking can bald guys get lice or can a bald person get lice, it is important to differentiate between the different types of lice that a person can get. The form of head lice that infests the human head is Pediculosis Capitis – this form of head lice is not found on other parts of the body, which is why bald people cannot get lice. However, bald persons can get other forms of head lice that infest other parts of the human body. These are pediculus humanus and pthirus pubis, or more commonly referred to as body lice and pubic lice (more commonly referred to as crabs).

Body lice infest a person in the hair on their body like in the eyebrows, beard, and chest hair but not on their head. They are mostly transmitted in people who have poor hygiene and live in close quarters.  Head lice prefer clean hair as it is is easier for them to grab the hair that is clean rather than oily. Pubic lice are commonly found in the pubic area of the body. Pubic lice are usually transmitted through sexual contact with a person who has these lice.  Although, like head lice, these other forms of lice may be transmitted from person to person through various forms of contact. For more information about pubic lice or head lice and how they differ from head lice, check out our blog.

Not Bald? Have Head Lice? Call the Experts!

If you do not have the privilege of being bald and have found that you or someone in your family has contracted a case of head lice, call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537 – we can help! Technicians who come to your home are experts and are experienced at getting rid of lice quickly and efficiently. If everyone is treated at the same time, you will get the LiceDoctors thirty-day guarantee  -  in the highly unlikely event that the head lice are not gone in thirty days your technician will return to your home and treat you again free of charge. Do not worry – if you are bald you are exempt and will not need head lice treatment.

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