The first step in preventing head lice is to understand how the disease is transmitted. The human head louse is a highly specialized parasite that inhabits the scalp. Most of its transmission occurs via close head-to-head contact, although it can also be spread by contact with objects, such as hairbrushes.
Head lice prefer to live on individuals with positive blood type, but they can survive on anyone’s head. They are so common that they even affected the ancient Egyptians. In order to avoid getting the infection, they used common home remedies that included eating special meals mixed with water, vomiting up the mixture, and applying spices or vinegar to the scalp.
Although it’s not known when head lice first appeared, scientists think the disease has been around for many years. Several ancient Egyptian mummies have been found to have lice. It’s believed that head lice evolved from body lice more than 100,000 years ago. Lice can cause serious health problems if not treated properly.
While the spread of head lice is largely preventable, the early symptoms of an infestation are very hard to detect. Usually, only a single louse will be visible, so it’s important to use disposable gloves and a magnifying glass to get a better look. Once you’ve found the infestation, you should treat it immediately. In addition, it’s important to avoid sharing personal items with others to prevent the spread of the disease.