How Do You Get Head Lice?

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Here’s a quiz: which of the following is the most likely way to pick up a case of head lice?

A. Use a comb that someone who has lice has used
B. Hug someone who has lice
C. Sleep in a bed the day after someone who has head lice slept in the bed.

And the answer is… B!

While it is possible to get head lice from a comb or possibly from a bed or other furniture, it is far more likely to contract a case directly from another person.

Here are the reasons why:

  1. Lice want to stay on the head because it is the optimal environment for them to thrive. The temperature of the head, and the blood, which is their food, source are there enticements for staying on the scalp. They only want to leave the head if it becomes crowded with other bugs and then they seek another head on which to make their home.

  2. Lice only survive off of the head up to 24 hours and usually a lot less. If a bug were to end up on a comb or in a bed, it would die reasonably soon after its arrival.

Too often, people spin their wheels being vigilant about lice in home, backpacks, combs, clothing, etc., when they really need to focus attention on the head.

To eradicate a case of head lice requires a comprehensive treatment plan that includes killing the bugs, extracting the eggs, and ensuring that they do not return. LiceDoctors has the expertise and experience to accomplish those goals. We have an unparalleled record of treating nearly 400,000 clients safely and successfully. A lice professional will make a house call to your Lexington home to get rid of the lice in your family so that you can return to your every day life. Give us a call at 617-517-4197. We are standing by to take your call from 7:00 in the morning until midnight, 365 days a year.