31 Dec HEAD LICE FACT VS. MYTH
Raise your hand if you have googled about head lice and debated whether you want to burn your house down or not? Want to know a secret..? I HAD LICE AND I WENT MENTAL (understatement- I went to a BAD, BAD, VERY BAD place)
GOOGLE is awesome.. I can find a great place for dinner, get directions, look up hilarious memes, and find literally ANYTHING my heart desires.. but I can also find “solid” evidence that I am dying, have a horrible disease, or that my name is the same as a criminal in Wyoming. You get the idea. When it comes to head lice, there is a horrendous amount of misinformation available on he world wide web. It is a slippery slope and so many of our innocent clients come in spewing all kinds of wacked out stuff they read on the internet.. so here is a breakdown of the FAQ’s we encounter in the clinic that I hope will give you some peace of mind:
MYTH:”I think I got lice from the movie theater(airplane,carnival, fill in the blank)”
FACT: It is almost impossible to catch lice environmentally! Head to Head contact is the primary and most likely way you caught lice, promise!
MYTH:”Google says I have to bag everything up for TWO WEEKS?!”
FACT: Lice cannot lice off of a host for more than about 24 hours.. we tell our clients to bag things up for 3 days which is overkill but it helps to stave off paranoia since its ample time for your items to be “safe” again for use.
MYTH:”I need to vacuum my mattress”
FACT: Lice and bed bugs are two very, very different issues. Lice will not burrow into your mattress. Stripping the sheets is enough- promise!
Any Q’s? Post below and I will gladly answer!
Peace, Love, LICE Xo