Facts and Myths about Head Lice

As the school year returns, more and more stories of  head lice outbreaks are bound to start popping up in the media causing parents to be gravely concerned and in some cases panicked about their children’s well being. The problem is that the media sometimes fails to give consumers complete information about such events. We at My Hair Helpers mobile head lice removal service feel that misinformation or incomplete information can contribute to the problem. So that you and your children can remain safe from head lice, we would like to help dispel some popular myths about these parasites.

  • Myth: Only people with poor hygiene are susceptible to getting head lice.
  • Fact: This is by far the number one myth concerning head lice. In fact, cleanliness doesn’t play a factor in the risk for head lice. When head lice are seeking out hosts, they are interested in heat and food only. They are not concerned with their victim’s hygiene or social status.
  • Myth: Head lice are invisible to the naked eye.
  • Fact: Head lice are difficult to see without the aid of a magnifying glass but they are not invisible to the naked eye. In fact, they are about the size of a sesame seed.
  • Myth: Your cat or dog can give you lice.
  • Fact: If you suspect that your pet may be transmitting head lice to your child you have your four-legged friend all wrong. Head lice crave human blood and a warm scalp.
  • Myth: You can rinse lice out of your hair with just plain water.
  • Fact: According to Seth Orlow, MD, a pediatric dermatologist at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, head lice can survive for up to six hours underwater. Therefore, it is quite useless to expect to kill them simply by rinsing your hair with plain water. Lice are more resilient than that. They even built resistance to many over-the-counter treatments. That is why you should use our natural head lice products.
  • Myth: People with short hair don’t get head lice.
  • Fact: As long as you have hair you can contract head lice. Having short hair could decrease the chance of transmitting head lice to another person but it does not eliminate the risk completely.

Hopefully, this information will better prepare you to send your children back to school this month. Remember that if your child’s school should experience a head lice outbreak we have natural head lice solutions and techniques that are as effective as the treatments that contain harsh chemicals and poisons.

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