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Why Shaving Your Head Won't Get Rid of Head Lice

Updated: Mar 19, 2023

Lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp and lay eggs. They are a nuisance, but they are not dangerous. Many people believe that shaving their heads, so even if you have will get rid of lice, but this is not true. Lice can survive without a host for up to 48 hours, so even if you have your head, the lice will just come back. This means that they can easily reinfect someone who has shaved their head.

Shaving your head will not kill all the lice eggs because they are glued to the hair shaft. Lice eggs also called nits, are small, oval-shaped, and look like sesame seeds. They are usually found close to the scalp, but can sometimes be found further away. Nits are glued to the hair shaft with a substance that is secreted by the louse.

The best way to get rid of head lice is to use a special shampoo or cream rinse that is available over-the-counter or from your doctor and use a lice comb or your fingers to carefully remove them from the hair shaft. These products kill the lice and their eggs. You may need to use them more than once to make sure all the lice are gone.

Head lice can be overwhelming, but don't resort to shaving your head as a treatment. Let the local lice experts at Lice In Sight help today! Contact us and we can help treat your head lice.

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