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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsOther - Diseases · 10 years ago

What is so bad about head lice?

I know lice is really gross and the fact that they are pests living in your hair is disgusting, but health wise, how do lice affect you? And also, how do you get lice?

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    Lice can carry bacteria that can be potentially harmful to humans causing infection. I've never heard of it being life threatening or anything but having an infection on your scalp can't feel very good. Also, lice sucks your blood so any harmful bacteria would just go straight to your blood stream. In addition to that, lice are sort of expert breeders and will lay dozens of eggs giving light to dozens of larvae that will soon take over your head. It would get to the point where you'd be able to see the lice crawling around on your head from a distance.

    Lice can be transmitted quite easily from person to person. Sharing hats or combs with someone who has lice is the most common way. When an "infected" person scratches their head it is possible for a larva or two to get caught under the fingernail and when they touch you it could be transmitted onto your clothing, etc. They may or may not end up migrating to your head.

    It's not like you have to stay ten feet away from someone who has lice but it's best to take precautions. It's not hard to transmit which is why if a kid has head lice they can't go to school.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Bad Head Lice

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