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Can You Die From Lice? Is It Reality or Just a Myth?

Can You Die From Lice? Is It Reality or Just a Myth?
Created on 
May 22, 2019
Updated on 
October 28, 2021

Occasionally, we get a call from a worried parent asking us how dangerous are head lice. Recently, a teenager who was extremely scared, texted LiceDoctors upon finding lice and asked, “can u die from lice?” It may sound silly to some but when dealing with lice for the first time it is natural to wonder can lice kill you?

What Are Lice?

What Are Lice

Head lice are parasites that spend their 40-day lifespan on top of the human head. There are other types of lice that infest other areas and species, none of which reside on the human head. Head lice are tiny, wingless bugs that live on a human scalp, surviving off of blood from the head; they spend their time laying eggs, known as nits on the strands of hair.

So Can You Die From Head Lice?

If lice suck the blood from the scalp, can you die from head lice? Your internet search for head lice death can end here. No. Head lice has not been known to cause the death of human beings. While they live up to every letter of the word “nuisance” and can cause irritation, they are not deadly creatures.

Can You Get a Disease From Lice and Die?

Can You Get a Disease From Lice

Can you die of lice that transmit a disease to you? Again, the answer is no. Lice may be disgusting to those who carry them, but always remember they are a condition, not a disease and they do not carry diseases. Lice are not poisonous, and typically cause no further harm than itching and discomfort. Recently in the news, there was an unfortunate case indicating that a child dies of lice. You can read the article yourself, however, this is not a lice death caused by a disease she contracted from head lice. The worst lice can do is cause itching and discomfort, as well as psychological upset, but the bugs are not known to carry any illnesses. Occasionally, if there is excessive scratching, you may develop a localized skin infection.

Conclusion

While lice are not life-threatening, they are annoying and upsetting. There is no reason to suffer when there is safe treatment available. When you place yourself in the capable hands of LiceDoctors professionals, peace of mind and clear hair and scalp remain only a phone call away. Call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537. Lice treatment in your home is available seven days and nights a week.

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