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Who Gets Head Lice?

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Updated on July 19, 2020

Unless you have no hair on your head, then you are a candidate for head lice.

Anyone can get head lice. If you are human, have hair, and are in contact with other people, then you are at risk. You may think, “I am a clean person therefore I am not at risk”; if you think that, then you are mistaken. If you have hair on your head, then you are at risk for getting head lice

Head lice are found in all countries, across age groups and genders, and in all economic groups. Unlike body lice, head lice are as likely to reside on clean people, as well as on less hygienic folks. In fact, since oily hair makes it harder for the louse to attach itself to the hair, clean hair may be more attractive to head lice than dirty hair.

People all over the world have experienced head lice. Some countries are more focused on managing the problem than other countries. Many people who have head lice are not even aware that they have it. Some studies show that more than half of the people who currently have an infestation are unaware of that fact.

Females are more likely to have head lice than males and people with long hair are more likely to have head lice than people with short hair. The reason for this is simple: the more accessible the hair is to lice, the more likely they are to find it and use it as a ladder to get to the scalp where their food supply is. (Lice feed from human blood).

Within families, if a child has head lice, the chances of the mom also having it are about 80%. Parents of young children are particularly susceptible as they are often in close physical contact with that child. Siblings have have a better than 50% chance of contracting a case.

The incidence of head lice remains a persistent problem today, especially among school age children. Given how contagious lice are and that they are so easily transmitted, as well as the fact that lice have become immune to many lice pesticides, it is likely that lice will be around for many years to come. If you find yourself facing a case of head lice, you are in good company as so many others are also dealing with the problem today. LiceDoctors can help you anytime you need us. Call us in Coral Springs at 954-606-6473 for same day, convenient, and effective treatment service.