Lice are a very common problem for school children, and it can end up being a big problem in your household as well. Lice are nothing more than a parasitic insect that sucks your blood. Lice can appear on various parts of the body including your head. A lot of parents and people in general, do not know how lice are contracted.
Here are the top five ways you or your child can get lice, and some of the ways you can get lice might surprise you.
The most common way that you can get lice is by head-to-head contact with someone who has a lice infestation. Head-to-head contact often times happens at school when children are hugging or playing with one another. It can be spread by incidental head-to-head contact as well. Incidental contact could be things such as butting heads with someone during a sporting event.
You can also get lice by sharing clothing items with an infected person who has lice. Clothing items that could transmit lice include scarves, beanies, and hats. Lice can even be spread through uniforms and gear used in sports. Clothing items are another common way both children and adults get lice due to the sharing of these items in a large group. Large group situations include schools, gyms, and recreational centers.
Sharing items can be an innocent way that lice can spread from one person to another. Items that could spread lice include combs, brushes, and stuffed animals. Lice can even be transmitted from one person to another through the sharing of hair bands, hair clips, or barrettes. Sharing items such as hairbrushes and barrettes are often times how young girls get lice. This is because little girls like to share these items with friends and other members of the family.
If you are lying down on carpeting of someone who has lice, then it can be transferred to your head. Carpeting is a lesser-known way that lice can be transmitted due to people not thinking about lice staying in carpeting. The lice can even be knocked into the carpet from a person. It is always a good idea not to be lying down on carpet of someone you do not know well. If you have lice then you should clean your carpets regularly to keep lice out.
Lying on Infected Bedding
Bedding is one of the top places that lice hide at, and it is often times the source of a lice transmission. Cleaning bedding, including pillows, pillowcases, and sheets, are required if someone in your house has lice and was properly treated. If you do not clean the bedding after a lice infestation it will stay in the bedding. This is also how children get lice because they sleep on the bedding of a friend during a sleepover. Even if the friend is just hanging out in the room and on the bedding where someone with lice was at, the lice can easily be transmitted.
These are just some of the biggest and most common ways that you can get head lice. If lice get bad enough, you might have to hire a local head lice removal service to help you get rid of the lice. Remember, you can get head lice at any age regardless of whether or not you have children if you are not careful about hugs and using other people’s items. Lice also can be on your eyebrows and body, so make sure that you check everywhere and not just your head. Lice are actually not a sign of your hygiene habits and it does not mean you are dirty. The quicker you can get the lice under control and get rid of them, the better it will be in terms of possible transmission to others.