11 myths and facts about head lice

11 myths and facts about head lice
According to scientists, lice are more resistant than before, and withstand temperatures of 50 ° C to -30 ° C. This cosmopolitan, popular, disease does not distinguish gender or age, and is highly epidemic at school age and adolescence. In fact, lice infestation on the scalp or pediculosis is a problem, it is estimated, affects 30% of children of school age and 27% of their parents.There are many myths about head lice. What is believed and what really happens.

11 myths and facts about head lice

• Myth: Lice will dirty long hair and heads

Fact: Lice do not spread by poor hygiene. Like so much dirty hair like clean. Furthermore, lice infestation does not depend on long hair or brushing frequency or washing. While it is true that nest in girls, because they often have more physical contact between them, also go to the heads of children.

• Myth: Lice jump from head to head

Fact: Lice do not jump or fly. Just they walk, and do so with great speed. They can move from one head to another very easily through contact or any garment.

• Myth: Nits also spread

Fact: Nits are not spread. Only lice.

• Myth: lice carry disease

Fact: Head lice are not a disease or pose risks to public health. They cause itching rash, but there are very few serious health risks. In most cases, it's just an embarrassing affair.

• Myth: Lice die immediately outside the head.

Fact: Lice can live outside a head up to 24 hours. So they can spread through cushions, pillows, chairs, etc

• Myth: Lice do not resist the water:

Fact:Lice themselves are waterproof. It can be spread lice in a pool.

• Myth: animals can infect

Fact: lice animals are not transmitted to people.

• Myth: itchy head is due to the pecks of the louse

Fact: The reason that causes itching lice is not due to their bites, but they inject saliva to feed them.

• Myth: Once you remove lice, you no longer have to worry about.

Fact: lice eggs (nits) hatch after 7 to 10 days. If treatment does not remove lice eggs used, the chances of reinfection are very high.

• Myth: Lice are detected immediately

Fact: The immune system takes 4 to 6 weeks to develop sensitivity to louse saliva. At that time, a female louse can lay 6 to 10 nits per day. Therefore, when we started itching, many generations of lice are already living in the head.

• Myth: lice products eradicates the problem right away

Fact: Many pediculicidas not kill the lice or nits. Indeed, continued use of pediculicides has resulted in the louse generated defenses to protect and is resistant to these products. Similarly, and as they do not kill nits (eggs), a self-infection occurs when these nits hatch.

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