what happens if you don't treat head lice

What Happens if You Don’t Treat Head Lice?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you left a case of head lice untreated? Would the lice go away on their own? Unfortunately, no.

There’s a reason why prompt, effective treatment is recommended by head lice experts and doctors – it’s necessary for controlling lice infestations. Without treatment, your child could have thousands of lice in their hair! Lice spread quickly!

Understanding their Life Cycle

A single louse can live for about 30 days, as long as it’s near food. (If it’s on your child’s head, it has food.) During its lifespan, a louse can lay 6-10 eggs a day. After 10 days, the eggs hatch into nymphs and transition into mature adults in two weeks. Once mature, the lice can start laying their own eggs. Without treatment, the lice will continue to reproduce and create an infestation that is out of control!

Head lice are curable, but they need to be treated. Waiting to address the problem is rarely the answer. The only time head lice will go away on their own is if there are not enough parasites to maintain the infestation. However, this is rare, considering that one louse can lay 10 eggs a day!

What Happens if Lice are Left Untreated?

Here are some things that can happen if lice are left to their own accord:

  • Harder to treat. Large infestations are harder to treat. Your child may need more than one treatment to get lice free. This means more time, money and headache to deal with the infestation.
  • Easier to spread. Lice are highly contagious. They spread through head-to-head contact or from sharing items like hats, barrettes and hair brushes. The longer your child goes with head lice, the greater the potential for spreading the parasites.
  • Secondary infections. Head lice may be annoying, but they are not dangerous. However, the scratching and itching can lead to scabs and secondary infections, such as cellulitis or impetigo.
  • More discomfort. Most of the time, lice will continue to reproduce and wreak havoc. This means more time with your child being uncomfortable. Some children can’t sleep or focus in school because of the itching. The good news is that there is no reason to be uncomfortable – lice are treatable!

Lice are Treatable – Catch Them Early!

At My Hair Helpers, we know that it can be expensive and time consuming to deal with a case of head lice. Depending on the school policy, your child may have to stay out of school for a few days. This is a lot of pressure for parents! Nevertheless, don’t let a case of head lice turn into a nightmare. With prompt treatment, you can get the infestation under control and your child back in school the next day!

By choosing My Hair Helpers, you get access to safe, all-natural products that WORK! We provide head lice treatments in our salon or in your home. Or, purchase our products online and follow our DIY instructions. Our products are guaranteed to work, and both our salon and home services include our 30-Day Guarantee and Lifetime Guarantee. We don’t mess around – and lice know it.

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