Head lice. Just hearing the topic makes most people immediately start scratching their heads. We don’t all have the knowledge or experience to know what is or isn’t head lice. This may lead you to the question: Do I have lice or am I paranoid?
No one wants head lice, but for some, they represent a near phobia (or even a true phobia: Pediculophobia is the fear of lice). Just the idea that there are seemingly invisible bugs crawling on you is too horrifying to imagine. But that’s exactly what many people do. Imagine. Just reading about lice or hearing the word can make many people start scratching! Whether you need a lice treatment or not may require an expert to do a head check to see if there are visible head lice and nits.
What Should You Do If You Think You Might Have Lice
If you suspect lice, it's crucial to act quickly. Here are some tips on how to check for lice:
- Start by parting your hair into sections and thoroughly inspecting for lice or their eggs near the scalp.
- Check behind the ears, along the hairline, and at the nape of the neck.
- Look for tiny, brownish insects or small, oval-shaped eggs attached to the hair shafts.
If you're unsure or unable to find any signs of lice, our professional lice screening service is here to assist you. Our experienced technicians provide comprehensive and accurate lice checks, offering peace of mind and expert advice on appropriate head lice treatment options.
What Could Be Causing Your Head to Itch Without Lice?
So you’ve had your head checked and re-checked and now you wonder why is my hair so itchy but no lice are there? Then why does your head itch if you don't have lice? Here are a few reasons:
- Dandruff: This is a condition of the scalp that everyone gets. It causes itching resulting in flaking off of the scalp.
- Weather: Weather conditions can suck the moisture out of your skin, making you itch. Hot humid weather can make you sweat which can build up on your scalp and also make you itch.
- New hair treatments: If you’ve started a new hair care regimen, your skin may be sensitive to the new products. If you’ve recently had your hair colored permed or treated, those salon chemicals can have a very drying effect.
- New laundry products: It’s possible if you’ve changed from your regular products that your clothes or bedding are making you itch.
- Head lice treatments. Unfortunately, most of the products that are available over the counter or by prescription are by design and necessity, harsh. These are known to dry out the scalp – which again, makes you itch. Even if you haven’t used any chemical products, just the simple act of excessive physical combing (and rubbing and poking and prodding and pulling) can irritate the scalp, and you guessed it – make you itch after lice treatment.
- You may have scalp psoriasis or dry scalp which requires proper treatment and possibly medication from a doctor.
Can Lice Be Psychosomatic?
Yes, lice can be psychosomatic, meaning that the symptoms experienced are influenced by psychological factors. An interesting observation is that when discussing the topic of lice, people often start scratching their heads. This phenomenon, commonly known as "phantom lice," is an emotional response triggered by being near someone who has lice or is even just talking about it. It's based on a heightened awareness of what is happening on the hair shaft near the scalp.
The mind-body connection plays a significant role in this experience. Our brain can create a vivid mental image of lice crawling on our scalp, which can trigger a physical response such as itching. Although there may not be any actual lice present, the association between lice and itching is so strong that our thoughts and emotions can influence our physical sensations.
The psychosomatic experience of lice-related itching is a result of the power of suggestion and our heightened awareness. Even without the presence of an actual lice infestation, thinking or talking about lice can evoke genuine itching sensations due to the strong association between lice and itchiness.
How to Combat a Case of Psychosomatic Itching Lice?
You can also experience phantom itching after lice. If you are experiencing this symptom after you have been treated properly, you may be asking yourself is it lice or am I paranoid? When we speak with clients who are experiencing this, we understand it is important to reassure them that this is entirely normal.
Here are a few practical tips to stop being paranoid about lice:
- Stick with your follow-up lice treatment.
- Be patient – the farther away from the infestation you get, the farther away from your mind lice will be.
- Resist the urge to scratch – scratching begets itching, then scratching – it’s a vicious cycle! If you have been vigorously scratching your head, there may be sores on the skin that cause itchy signs of head lice.
- Know that you need a full-blown infestation for lice to be the root cause of itching. You have just been treated so there is no way that you have a full-blown infestation.
- Realize that dermatitis and dandruff can cause itchy symptoms.
Get Effective Solutions for Lice Issues: Contact LiceDoctors Today!
If you are worried that you have head lice or experience intense itching, you may have a case of head lice and we are here to help. If you are wondering how to know if you have lice or are just paranoid, contact LiceDoctors for expert assistance. Our competent professionals will perform a thorough lice check to determine the situation, and if needed, provide effective lice treatment. With LiceDoctors, you can trust our expertise to alleviate your worries. Take the first step, book an appointment, and regain your peace of mind. Trust us for professional solutions and restful nights. Call 800-224-2537 for peace of mind. Because knowing the truth will help you sleep at night again.