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Growing Up Texas: Talking head lice
Is there a season for head lice?
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Lice are transmitted all year long. In Austin and other warm weather climates, lice breeding rates stay steady all year round. Our mild climate helps them breed. In colder regions, the busiest months are August-October, when people have increased contact with each other (i.e., when kids start playing inside).
I was never checked for lice growing up, and was told I couldn’t get it. Are some people less susceptible or unable to get it?
Lice are transmitted from head-to-head contact. No one is immune to getting lice. It is true that they can smell blood types and might prefer some blood types over others. Overall, lice do not discriminate.
Where are the most common places to catch lice?
Lice are spread from head-to-head contact. Situations that increase the likelihood of head-to-head contact include hugging, taking pictures together, playing video games and wrestling. The chance of getting lice from an object (like an airplane seat) is less than 5 percent and usually comes from sharing personal items like hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties, etc.
What are some tips for preventing it?
There are certain smells that lice do not like, such as mint. We suggest a daily spritz of FairyLice Mothers Magic Mint Spray to prevent lice from nesting on your scalp.
Lice find the mint smell offensive, but it smells great to the rest of us. Also, keep your family combs and brushes separate. Keep in mind, nothing is 100 percent.
The best thing to do is a proper head check once a week. Use the MagicHalo Conditioner with the MagicWand nit comb each week to check for early stages of lice.
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