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CAN LICE CAUSE HAIR LOSS?

CAN LICE CAUSE HAIR LOSS?
Created on 
February 12, 2019
Updated on 
July 11, 2022

There are many concerns that individuals dealing with head lice may have. The first case of head lice, especially for adults, can be scary! One of these concerns is if lice could possibly be the cause of hair loss.

Does Lice Make Your Hair Fall Out?

Several ailments can cause a person to experience hair loss. Among those causes are heredity (family history), poor nutrition, side effects from medications, certain diseases or ailments, stress and fluctuations in hormones, or hormone imbalances. Notice, however, that the presence of lice is not a cause or stimulus of hair loss in the human head. The bugs lay eggs but neither these parasites nor their eggs will affect the number of hair follicles that you have.

Considering the way head lice live, and the environment they need in which to survive, it would seem to be counterproductive to their life cycle for them to cause their human host to lose their hair. Head lice cannot survive on a bald head as they need the protective layer of the hair on the head to provide warmth. In addition, they need hair to help shield them from discovery and to continue with their daily activities uninterrupted. Hair is also necessary for lice to lay their eggs on. If the hair detaches from the scalp, they will have no place to secure their eggs.

With regard to head lice as a cause of hair loss, taking into account the basic needs of lice to survive, it would stand to reason that it would not be practical for the long-term survival of a head lice infestation of head lice for these parasites to be a cause of hair loss.

Can lice make your hair fall out

Can Lice Cause Hair Thinning?

When dealing with head lice infestation and thinning hair, it would seem to be reasonable to conclude that head lice could be the cause for thinning hair, especially if you are experiencing scalp irritation. However, just as lice will not directly cause hair loss, it will not directly cause hair thinning. However, it is possible that head lice are the cause of stress, which is a known cause of hair loss and hair thinning. Once the primary source of the stress has been eliminated, the hair likely will grow back.

CAN LICE TREATMENT MAKE YOUR HAIR FALL OUT?

There are several types of lice treatments meant to help you get rid of lice. The most widely known and accepted forms of treatment are combing and pesticide and over the counter treatments.

  • Head Lice Treatment With A Comb: The most effective treatment to get rid of head lice is combing with a professional nit comb. During the course of everyday combing or brushing of hair, strands of hair will become detached from the head; on average, fifty to one hundred hairs every day. Because hair loss, or shedding, is normal, and hair naturally comes out during the course of brushing your hair daily, it is not unusual to notice some hair coming out during the comb out process of getting rid of lice, especially so when using a professional nit comb. The combing and manual removal of head lice and nits is not the cause of any potential hair loss you may experience while treating lice.
  • Pesticide Treatment and Over The Counter Treatment: Pesticide lice treatments can be purchased at local grocery stores or pharmacies, some of which require a prescription from your family physician. Over the counter head lice treatment, such as permethrin (Rid, Nix), and prescription lice treatments; such as lindane, containing pesticides, come riddled with undesirable, and potentially dangerous, side effects. These can include itching, burning, redness, swelling, stinging, tingling, numbness, rash, and even (with overuse) neurological damage. These over the counter options and prescription treatments, while they cause some undesirable side effects due to potentially toxic chemicals are not associated with loss of hair.
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CONCLUSION

Head lice do not cause hair loss or thinning. Head lice may be present at the time you are losing your hair for a number of different reasons, rest assured, however, that reason is not directly because head lice cause hair to fall out. If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning that is concerning to you or is out of the ordinary, contact your doctor.

Professional lice treatment process from LiceDoctors' with a lice technician is available in many areas all over the United States when you contact LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537. After you book your appointment, your technician will arrive at your appointment time with everything she needs to remove lice from the hair and scalp, whether the infestations are mild or severe cases. Do not worry – her car is unmarked and the technicians are very discreet! The treatment protocol used by your personal technician is all-natural. When opting for an all-natural lice treatment, you will avoid the nasty side effects mentioned previously that come with pesticide lice treatment options. In addition, the all-natural treatment protocol is over ninety-nine percent effective, even against super lice that have an increasingly common immunity to the potentially toxic pesticide treatments. The treatment protocol uses oils that are used to help soothe the scalp, aid in the detangling of hair, and helps to loosen the lice eggs that are securely glued to the strands of hair. Once applied, a professional, meticulous comb out is completed. That step is followed the by physical removal of all of the lice eggs and bugs that are in the hair. This is the most effective way to get rid of lice permanently!

Your technician will provide a comprehensive aftercare program that is very simple. Keep it just in case your family ever gets lice again. Lice will not build an immunity to this protocol developed under the oversight of our on-staff medical director. Best of all, this treatment is completely safe for everyone in your household – even your new addition to the family, immune-compromised, and older relatives! And your trained lice professional will come right to your home. Your family's case of head lice will be gone and you will no longer be contagious when your technician leaves. We are so confident in your treatment that, if everyone in the household is treated at the same time, the service will come backed by a thirty-day guarantee. So, avoid that stress from a lice infestation that can cause unnecessary and unwanted loss or thin of hair. Call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537 – appointments are available at your convenience, day or night, 365 days every year. Yes! Even weekends and holiday appointments are available.

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