Key Facts About Head Lice

April 29, 2019

Key facts to know about Head Lice: 
• Getting head lice is not related to cleanliness of the person or his or her environment.
• Head lice should not be considered a medical or public health hazard. Head lice are not known to spread disease. Sometimes itching can lead to excessive scratching which can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.
• Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. 
• Spreading lice by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon.