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DO HEAD LICE CARRY DISEASE?

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Updated on July 19, 2020

A question that we get often from parents in the Irving and Grand Prairie area is: do head lice carry disease? The short answer is no; head lice do not carry diseases. They are much more of a nuisance than a danger. They may cause itching, much the way mosquito bites do, although in some cases, the person does not feel any symptoms even with a full blown infestation.

close up image of hair with active severe case of head lice including scabs on scalp

In some cases, a person may be very sensitive to the saliva secreted by the bugs, and feel very itchy. There is a risk in these situations, although rare, of an infection from excessive scratching. (See above picture).

Generally, moderate itchiness, the emotional effects of having bugs in the hair, and possibly being denied admission to school are the three biggest consequences of a head lice infestation.

While head lice do not carry diseases, they still need to be treated. Head lice lay eggs at a rate of 6 to 10 a day and the infestation only continues to get worse with time. It will not go away by itself ever nor will it go away without effective treatment. It is important to know that head lice have developed a resistance to chemical shampoos and that to remove all of the eggs you need to physically extract them from the hair.

If you find head lice in your family in the Irving and Grand Prairie area an experienced lice technician will come to you at your convenience and clear away the infestation. Call LiceDoctors day or night, 365 days a year, at 214-382-9727 for a private, confidential, and convenient professional lice treatment in your own home.