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Can Head Lice Make You Sick?

Head lice are concern enough without having to worry about getting sick. Many have heard horror stories of those with head lice contracting infections and falling ill. The truth is head lice do not carry disease. Head lice cannot make you sick, but there is another way you can fall ill as a result of head lice. 

Can Head Lice Make You Sick?

As we mentioned above, head lice themselves do not carry disease. If you find yourself sick after having head lice it is likely the result of a skin infection. Excessive scratching can lead to sores on your head that can become infected from bacteria. This is a very rare occurrence but should be taken seriously. If an infection occurs, you should seek medical attention from a professional. While they can be easily treated, you should never let an infection go too long without proper medical attention. 

How to Prevent Infection

Treating head lice quickly and effectively can help prevent and eliminate scratching. Performing frequent head checks during times of outbreaks or close contact can help catch infestations early on. The sooner an infestation is caught and treated the less a chance of extreme itching. Lice professionals can treat infestations properly. Over the counter and DIY treatments leave behind nits and super lice prolonging the infestation. At Lice Clinic Quad Cities, we use our Zyma Air Therapy treatment to kill all nits and lice, including super lice. 

Don’t worry about head lice or skin infections, let the experts at Lice Clinic Quad Cities treat your lice quickly and effectively. 

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Are There Different Species of Head Lice?

There are three different species of lice that can be found on the human body. Head lice that can be found above the shoulders. Body lice that can be found on chest hair, armpits, and clothing. Lastly crab lice that can be found in the pubic area. This and the recurrence of head lice can lead to the misconception that there is more than one species of head lice. 

Different Infestation, Not Different Species of Lice

Often people use over the counter or DIY treatments to treat their head lice infestation. These treatments don’t always complete the job and lead to re-infestation. This can lead many to think they are being infested by a new species of lice. When they never got rid of the head lice they had to begin with. Professional head lice removal, like the Zyma Air Therapy treatment can remove all lice and nits and guarantee removal. 

Head Lice is Head Lice

There are different kinds of lice, but there is only one kind of head lice. If you find lice on the rest of your body, it is most likely one of the other two kinds of lice. Our treatments are not made for body or crab lice, but there are plenty of ways to treat them. Some head lice are becoming increasingly resistant to the chemicals used in over-the-counter treatments. These ‘super lice’ are not a new species of lice. To combat this resistance, we use no harsh chemicals in our treatments. Only heated air to dehydrate and kill all head lice and nits including super lice. 

Don’t get confused by different kinds of lice and the presence of super lice. Instead, let Lice Clinic Quad Cities help you get rid of your head lice infestation with ease!