Nobody sees lice walking through the door at a holiday party. However, lice are impossible to ignore once you have an itchy, irritated head. Families are thrilled to be gathering for the holidays again this year. However, one unexpected guest that slips in on the scalps of your loved ones could leave you itching for more than just holiday cheer. It just takes one member of your household dragging home lice from a holiday party to create a ripple effect that will leave you itching your way into the new year. Here’s what people throughout Lafayette Hill, King of Prussia, Norristown, Jenkintown, Conshohocken, Pottstown, Fort Washington, East Norriton and surrounding Pennsylvania communities need to know about lice risks during the hustle and bustle of the holidays this year.
How Do You Get Lice?
Head-to-head transmission is the top cause of lice. All it takes is a few seconds spent clustered together for a selfie for the spread to happen. What’s more, things like hugs, kisses, hovering over the stove to cook together and standing closely together in line for a slice of Aunt Bonnie’s fruitcake can all provide more than enough time for lice to move from victim to victim.
Lice has a big advantage this year. Most of us simply aren’t looking for them! With all eyes on COVID-19, most of us are directing our attention to symptoms like coughing, congestion and fever before showing up to visit with loved ones. A slight itch on the scalp doesn’t necessarily ring the alarm bells. However, that little itch could be a telltale sign that lice have entered the chat!
Many people who are bringing lice to holiday gatherings in December actually picked up their infestations during Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to dismiss an itchy scalp as being caused by the colder, drier air that sets in this time of year. People simply don’t have lice on the brain even though they very well might have lice on the scalp! In one study, lice infestations in Buenos Aires were tracked falling from 70% to about 44% as a result of lockdowns. It’s been so long since people have had to think about lice that many of us aren’t ready to readjust our thinking to account for the fact that people are actually gathering again.
How Long Does It Take for Lice to Crawl on You?
It takes just seconds to become infected by lice. Any close contact provides ample opportunity for a louse to move from person to person. In some cases, it’s not even necessary to touch the infected person. Lice transfers can come from sharing brushes, hats, earmuffs, scarves and pillows. While head-to-head transmission accounts for 90% of all lice cases, the truth is that a louse can live for up to 48 hours on a cozy surface until attaching to its next victim. Lice eggs can only hatch if they have a warm human head! The time-honored tradition of the “cousin sleepover” during the holidays is one of the biggest transmitters of lice. When possible, give each child their own bed and pillow to prevent lice from moving from person to person.
Are Lice Dangerous?
Lice are winged parasites. Getting an infestation is never fun. However, being infected with lice is not considered a medical emergency. When handled correctly, a lice infestation can be taken care of very easily and effectively with a single treatment session.
The reason why lice infestations often become prolonged is that people use incorrect and ineffective treatment options. The most common lice mistake is going to the drugstore or pharmacy for a “lice treatment.” Lice treatments that you buy at the store contain pesticides that lice have grown resistant to over the years. As a result, lice are allowed to continue to thrive. The false sense of security created by many over-the-counter lice products actually causes people to spread lice even more because they assume that they have taken care of the problem.
Some people turn to natural lice treatments after following the advice of the Internet. While the intention is noble, the truth is that the advice to simply “drown” lice in oils and cleansers isn’t sound. Lice can actually hold their breath for eight hours. What’s more, breathing will resume as normal once the oils and ointments you apply reach core body temperature.
Get Lice Help in Montgomery County
The real danger from lice comes from allowing your infestation to go untreated long enough to create severe itchiness. This can cause you to furiously scratch to the point of creating sores. It’s very easy for those sores to become infected with continued scratching because your fingernails can introduce bacteria into the open sores. Don’t let it get to this point! Simply come see us here at Lice Lifters Treatment Center of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Our specialists get rid of lice in one quick treatment. You’ll never have to think about those winged parasites feasting on your scalp again after your visit. Our staff helps clients who have turned to the right way to get rid of lice after being frustrated by wasting time and money on store-bought and at-home lice treatments that did nothing.
We also offer a variety of products to help protect your scalp against a lice infestation when you gather with friends and family. Our Lice Lifters Mint Detangler Spray, Mint Deterrent Shampoo and Mint Deterrent Conditioner are available from Amazon, Walmart and your local Lice Lifters Treatment Center right here in Lafayette Hill, PA.