Tiny Bug, Big QuestionsAug 05, 2014
If your children are in school, chances are that you've heard about lice. I created LiceLogic,¬†a natural line of lice treatment and prevention products, after struggling with a lice infestation in my own family. Here, I'd like to answer your top questions about dealing with these pesky bugs. 1. Are individuals with dirty hair more likely to contract lice? No. Lice love nothing more than a head full of clean, fluffy hair. 2. Can lice fly or jump? No. Lice can only crawl and travel from strand to strand of hair. If they sense danger, they will let go and fall off the hair. Lice do not have wings and cannot fly. 3. Can a person automatically get lice from being near someone who has lice? No. However, if someone in your family is exposed to lice you should do a thorough check of each family member‚Äôs hair and scalp. It can happen that one or more family members contract lice, while others are completely unaffected. 4. Is it possible to treat lice by coating the hair in a greasy substance overnight? No! Though some people report success using greasy substances like olive oil and mayonnaise to ‚Äúsuffocate‚Äù lice, this method is really not the best way to get rid of an infestation. Our LiceLogic line uses natural enzymes to target and destroy lice and nits, putting an end to the cycle of head lice infestation that occurs when even a few lice or nits survive and are left in the hair. 5. Is it possible to get rid of lice with a single shampooing treatment as promised by some products? No. If it were so simple, lice would not be such a large, enduring and common problem. It is necessary to use a sturdy metal nit comb in conjunction with all lice shampoos, whether natural or pesticide-based, because nits are glued to the hair and need to be manually removed. 6. Is the plastic nit comb that comes with a standard OTC lice treatment strong enough to remove all nits? No. Cheap plastic nit combs break easily when pulled across thicker hair. Oftentimes, the teeth bend and therefore cannot eliminate lice infestation effectively. Having a strong metal nit comb is a must and will also help cut down on treatment time. A metal comb is also a greener choice, as it is reusable and recyclable. 7. Are there products that treat nits in addition to lice? Yes! Our LiceLogic Clear & Free Shampoo was independently tested and shown to kill both lice and nits on contact. Nits that came into contact with our LiceLogic Clear & Free Shampoo were rendered non-viable and did not go on to hatch. 8. Do I have to use a pesticide-based treatment to treat lice? No. In fact, many studies have shown that many lice are increasingly resistant to pesticides. An enzyme-based lice treatment shampoo is a better alternative, as lice cannot build up immunity to natural enzymes. Because they contain no pesticides, enzyme-based shampoos can be used as often as needed until the problem is gone. 9. Can lice live on dogs or other family pets? No. Lice are specific to a species. Lice that infest humans can only be transmitted between humans. Animals have their own species of lice that prefer to inhabit their fur. 10. Are lice dangerous? No. You might find them scary, but they are not dangerous. The are only a gross nuisance for most people. However, the pesticides used in common OTC lice treatment products and also found in prescribed head lice treatment products can be dangerous. They are thought to be linked to the development of cancers, seizures and other terrible conditions in some children. These pesticides are absorbed into the blood stream. They are absolutely not necessary for effective lice treatment and should be avoided.