How do you avoid getting lice?

A young boy wearing goggles is being wrapped with plastic foil to avoid getting lice.

Lice, the terror that could be lurking on the scalps of the people you love; they’re tiny, itchy, and everywhere. But you don’t have to let them get the best of you! Let’s talk about these tiny pests and how to avoid getting lice in your hair.

What are lice?

Lice are tiny insects that feed on human blood. Head lice are not dangerous and don’t spread disease but can cause itching and discomfort.

Depending on what kind, lice can live in different parts of the body, but the most common is head lice, which you might have already guessed live in the hair on your head. They spread through contact with infected people or their belongings, such as clothing, bedding, combs, and brushes.

Where do lice come from?

You can get lice from head-to-head contact with someone who already has them or if they touch your hair while they have live nits, another name for lice eggs, in their hair. They can also be spread through shared items such as hats, hairbrushes, towels, and pillows.

Lice are also transmitted when clothing or furniture is contaminated with lice that have come from an infested person.

How do you avoid getting lice?

The best way to avoid getting lice is not to share any of the following:

  • Hats, hairbrushes, or combs
  • Clothing
  • Pillows
  • Beds (sleeping bags included)
  • Towels
  • Hair Accessories

What if you get lice?

If you get lice, we recommend using our Licefreee Spray. Included in our Licefreee Ultimate Family Kit, along with a nit comb to help sweep away lice eggs or nits, hatchlings, and lice. Licefreee Spray is non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about skin irritation due to sensitive skin.

You should also wash all your clothes in hot water and dry them on high heat for at least 20 minutes. Use Licefreee! Home, included in the kit, for items that cannot be machine washed or dried. Try to keep your head covered when you go out into public places with lots of people during a known lice outbreak.

Lice are hard to avoid and even harder to get rid of, but there’s no reason you should have to live with them. If the problem persists for more than a few days or you’re worried about reinfestation, consider seeing a doctor or pharmacist for additional advice on treating your lice and preventing reinfestation.

Conclusion

Having head lice is a terrible experience for anyone, and getting rid of them can be quite a hassle. The best way to protect yourself from head lice is to avoid letting your head touch surfaces that could have lice. Above all, practice social distancing from people you know to have lice.

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