Head Lice Misconceptions and Real facts
Lice do not have wings. They cannot fly and they cannot jump. Instead, they move by crawling. That is why direct head-to-head contact, such as kids putting their heads together while playing, is the most common way for head lice to spread from one person to another.
You are more likely to get head lice if your hair is dirty, you have bad personal hygiene habits or if your home is untidy.
Lice cannot be transmitted from pets, and pets cannot get them from people.
Head lice carry and transmit diseases.
This is a common misconception, probably stemming from the fact that school-age children are at an increased risk for getting head lice. The fact is, kids tend to get head lice from places and activities where they are more likely to have direct head-to-head contact . The most common sources of head lice infestations are, in addition to school, camp, daycare, slumber parties and sports activities, among others.
Head lice are extremely contagious and children who are diagnosed with head lice should be isolated until all the nits are gone.
The truth is that parents must be cautious when using products that contain permethrin or pyrethrins that are touted as being “safe” to treat their child’s head lice. Many products that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may contain ingredients such as certain pyrethroids that are not recommended for use on young children.
Side Effects of Pyrethroids Inhalation: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, runny or stuffy nose, chest pain, or difficulty breathing.in contact: rash, itching, or blisters.
A known carcinogen. There is evidence that pyrethroids harm the thyroid gland.