Head Lice: Causes
1. Spreading from person to person
Head lice more frequently spreads from person to person. This mostly happens by means of close contact with an infected person. People affected with lice have numerous lice that proliferate each day. Hence the head lice can easily spread from the infected person to the others easily.
2. Shared dresses
Another main cause for the head lice in people is through sharing their clothes. Clothes tend to get stuck with some impurities of the person who wears it. And head lice specifically get attached to the clothes that the infected person uses. When someone uses the clothes of the person with head lice, it obviously spreads to them also.
3. Personal items
Head lice, as explained above cannot hover from one place to other but they still spread through other personal items that are used by the lice infected person. These items may include caps, head scarves, hair combs, helmets, hair ribbons, or also through earphones. All these are the objects which mostly get in contact directly with the head lice infected person’s head. Hence it is advisable to use one’s own personal products.
4. Shared bedding
Bedding may also be the most common cause of spreading of head lice. If an infected person shares his/her bedding with another person, the other one will tend to acquire head lice. As there is ample time for transfer of the head lice during the night time the person will tend to be infected in no time at all.
5. Lice infested towels
The most important cause for the head lice to spread is through the towel used by the person with head lice. The head lice stick to the towel when the infected person uses it. It may spread through the towel when the person uses it on the face, neck and especially head. When some other person uses this towel then it gets to spread easily to them also.
Sleeping on a couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal dolls that has recently been in contact with a person with lice can also make the spreading possible. A person without lice can easily get lice not only from the pillows or bedding used by an infected person. Using the above mentioned items may make the dispersion possible.
7. Head-to-head contact
This is the most common mode of diffusion of head lice. This is usually found in youngsters and in small children. This is because youngsters and children get in close contact with so many people easily. Hence the transmission becomes easy and may keep on spreading over and over again. Due to this the family members can also get transmitted with lice. This type of spreading may be hard to stop. But it can be controlled with proper medications.