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Ten Myths About Head Lice

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Updated on July 19, 2020

MYTH ONE

Head lice jump or fly from head to head.

Truth: Lice crawl from one head to another.

MYTH TWO

My son has a buzz cut so he’s immune to lice.

Truth: Even a little hair is enough to attract head lice.

MYTH THREE

It is important to put toys away for 2 weeks.

Truth: Lice only live a day or so off of the human head.

MYTH FOUR

Pets can get Head Lice.

Truth: Only humans get head lice.

MYTH FIVE

Chlorine kills lice

Truth: Swimming pools and chlorine do not affect lice.

MYTH SIX

Using a hair dryer or clothes dryer will kill lice and nits.

Truth: The heat from these devices does not hurt lice or nits.

MYTH SEVEN

People with poor hygiene are more likely to get head lice.

Truth: Lice prefer clean hair as it is easier for them to cling to clean hair.

MYTH EIGHT

Lice do not like dyed hair.

Truth: Lice do not care if the hair is colored.

MYTH NINE

The most likely way to get lice is from a hat or comb.

Truth: Head to head contact is by far the primary means of transmitting lice.

MYTH TEN

Lice will eventually go away on their own.

Truth: Lice lay 6 to 10 nits a day and the case will continue to get worse if left untreated.

These are some of many myths circulating about head lice. We have been treating head lice for 20 years. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call LiceDoctors in the Vernon Hills and Palatine area at 312-765-7266 . A lice expert will come to your home and help your family anytime of the day or evening that is convenient for you.