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How You Get Lice...Myths and Facts of Head Lice

Myths and Facts of head lice

Myths & Facts...how you get lice…

Myth Busters

  • Hair color does not kill lice, it colors lice
  • Boys do get lice.  Even boys with very short hair or buzz cuts
  • Many moms get lice from their kids even if they never had lice when they were kids
  • Hairspray and gel are not lice deterrents but The Nit Nanny Mint Detangler spray is
  • Lice like hair whether it is clean or dirty (Lice only like sweet kids)
  • Lice do not fly or jump.  They crawl from one head to another through head to head contact or personal items like brushes, hats or helmets
  • Only 50% of people are itchy from head lice. People are itchy from lice bites not so much from the bugs crawling around and it may take 4 weeks of an infestation to become itchy.  People taking antihistamines for allergies may never become itchy at all 
  • There is no season for lice.  It is a year round problem
  • Lice are not living in your house and re-infesting your family…Lice can only live and reproduce on a human head.  Off the head, adult lice die within 36 hours and they only lay nits (lice eggs) on a human head
  • The over-the-counter pesticides and prescription treatments are less effective.  Product failure is the reason for the high level of lice outbreaks.  If you have followed all the directions, done an overwhelming amount of housework and in 2-3 weeks you have lice again.  It’s not your fault! You did not have the right products, tools and instructions to get rid of lice
  • Special house cleaning products and laundry additives are completely unnecessary!  Using the heat of the dryer or vacuuming items that have had contact with someone’s head is all you need to do.  Services that sell and/or offer these items are taking advantage of their customers
  • At any given time 3% of school-aged children have lice

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