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Eyebrow and Eyelash Lice

Eyebrow and Eyelash Lice
Updated on 
August 8, 2019

Is Lash Lice Real?

After learning of the undeniable obsession head lice have with human hair, one must wonder if the hair in other areas of the body is safe from the invasion of these ruthless insects. Are lash lice real? In fact, they are, and they even have a medical name: phthiriasis palpebrarum.

Lice in Fake Lashes

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Lash extension lice can exist if the lashes have the same texture as real hair; the bugs need to be able to grab the hair. The reality is that false lashes lice are very uncommon and lice could not easily infest inexpensive, synthetic lashes.

Can You Get Lice In Your Eyebrows?

We recently got a text from a concerned client after treatment: “thank u for treating r hair, but I didn’t think 2 ask, can u get lice in your eyebrows?!” Lice can reside anywhere on the human body that has hair. This includes the body (body lice), pubic area (also known as crabs), armpits etc. But perhaps a better question would be…

Can head lice get in your eyebrows?

Most people who ask can lice live in eyebrows are assuming that phthiriasis palpebrarum happens from lice traveling from the head to the lashes. The truth is that lice found in the eyelashes are not head lice; they are actually pubic lice (which can live on any body hair including eyebrows), traveling from other body hair to the eyebrows. 

How Do You Get Eyelash Lice?

Although this isn’t a common occurrence, men and women alike should remain cautious as lice are no friends of persons. The main culprit is the unconscious act of rubbing the eye after making contact with the infected area. It can also be contracted by sharing items such as rags, towels, and even clothing with individuals who have been exposed.

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Symptoms of Eyelash Lice

Some symptoms of eyelash lice include:

  • Itching or tingling feeling at root of the eyelash
  • Eye redness
  • Lashes sticking together
  • Lashes that are thicker in appearance or by touch
  • Increased production of tears
  • Black or brown spots at the base of the eyelash

How To Avoid Lash Lice and Eyebrow Lice

As we’ve discussed, lice on lashes and eyebrow lice are actually pubic lice. They are caught either from direct contact with someone who has pubic lice, or from sharing things like beds, clothing, or other personal items with someone who has pubic lice. If you already know you currently have pubic lice, the best way to avoid them getting in the eye area is to practice good hygiene like avoiding touching the face without washing the hands. You should seek advice about pubic lice and other STDs from your local health department or your doctor. 

How To Get Rid Of Lash Lice and Eyebrow Lice?

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LiceDoctors does NOT specialize in the removal of pubic lice in the pubic area or facial areas, and so unfortunately cannot help you with the treatment of lash lice. If you think you’re suffering from these medical conditions, please call a professional for immediate assistance, as it is highly contagious and can spread if left untreated, and will NOT go away on its own. If you find head lice (on the head or near the scalp) or lice eggs in the head hair, LiceDoctors can solve your problem. Check out this link for more information on the Differences Among Head Lice Body Lice and Pubic Lice.

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