It's Time to Deal With the Head Lice Stigma

No one appreciates feeling insecure, low, or out of place. When it comes to head lice, no one should have to.

In America, we have unfairly stigmatized head lice. Each year, between 6 and 12 million Americans between the ages of 3 and 16 contract lice. That’s more than the entire population of Alabama, so it’s no small number.

Lice are parasitic insects that live in human hair and feed on small amounts of blood from the scalp. Lice also lay eggs, known as “nits,” which do not hatch until days later and use the warmth from our scalps to incubate.

We often think that people who get head lice must be dirty, that the head lice jump around from person to person, and that they are highly contagious. This could not be farther from the truth, however.

In fact, it is those with the cleanest heads that are at the greatest risk. That’s because, simply put, head lice prefer clean heads to dirty ones. And as for jumping from person to person… lice simply can’t, they can only crawl.

Due to this unnecessary stigma, many parents feel embarrassed and discouraged from telling others when their children contract lice. Some are even worried they may be seen bringing their children in for treatment or a head check. Please, rest assured, however, that there is absolutely no reason to feel this way!

Remove-A-Lice offers a plush, comfortable waiting room environment and has private treatment rooms for our guests. Before and during treatment, enjoy coffee and snacks, children’s books and DVDs, and cable television to make your wait go by faster.

And, whatever you do, be sure to tell others about your infestation and your experience! The easiest way to stop the transmission of head lice is to be open and honest about having it in the first place. If we can break down these barriers and stigmas associated with lice, we can work to lower the chances of catching it to begin with.

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