Head Lice | Causes & Risk Factors

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Who is at risk of getting head lice?

Anyone can get head lice, but they are more common among school-aged children. Head lice spread more easily among children 3 years to 12 years of age because they share their belongings more often than adults and play close together.

It's not true that people get head lice because they're dirty. Head lice are very contagious. No matter how many times you or your child takes a shower or washes his or her hair, it's still possible to get head lice from head-to-head contact with someone who is already infested with lice. You can also get head lice if you share hats, towels, pillows, combs or brushes with someone who has head lice.

Source

Pediculosis and Scabies by DC Flinders, M.D., and P De Schweinitz, M.D. (American Family Physician January 15, 2004, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20040115/341.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 10/05

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