Negligent head lice removal might not be the most serious or potentially harmful of conditions, but it can have detrimental side effects you should be aware of. There are many different treatments for lice and choosing the one that works best for you and your situation might vary, but one thing is for certain: if you have a case of head lice, lice removal services should be at the top of your list.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age every year. Concrete statistics are impossible to come by. One of the reasons it’s important to tackle lice removal early is because an adult louse can live for as long as 30 days on a human, laying up to six eggs a day if they’re female.
If that isn’t reason enough, here are three adverse effects that will result if proper lice removal is not taken care of in a timely manner.
- Itching: Of course, the number one symptom of head lice is an itchy, scratchy scalp. While this is far from the worst thing in the world, it is a general annoyance and if not treated can help stimulate the second item on this list.
- Redness, Rash and Sores: Constant itching will speed up the onset, but redness, rashes, and even sores can develop on your head and scalp from the mere presence of head lice. In some cases, these sores can even be the result of bacteria infecting the skin as a result of a cut or opening in the skin from scratching.
- Disrupted Sleep: All the other effects of head lice can have a serious impact on the amount and quality of sleep you get if lice removal is not done. On top of the general negative effects lack of sleep can have, it can also weaken your immune system making possible infection from your scratched sores and even greater possibility.
Many strains of lice are noe even resistant to over-the-counter remedies, which means if you have a case you might want to think about professional head lice removal today.