It’s that time of year when the sun is shining, school is about to end and many families are planning their getaways! A variety of popular vacation spots will soon be overrun by people looking to relax and have a fabulous time. Don’t ruin the fun by being careless about head lice.
Traveling a Common Way to Catch Head Lice
Whether you are making your way by airplane, train, car or boat there is always a higher risk for catching head lice when sharing your transportation with millions of people. Did you know the average 737 airplane carries 200-300 passengers each flight? In the United States alone The Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that in the year 2017 about 1.73 million people flew commercially each day! Head lice are known to leave traces behind. Sometimes this is a nit or lice egg that can become stuck in the lining of a seat. Other times an adult louse can actually make its way onto the fabric or woven lining of the seat back and stay lurking, waiting for a new host. When it comes to public transportation, take precaution. This is a common way adults can catch head lice and not even become aware for several weeks until the problem has escalated.
Hotels, Resorts, and RV Traveling
When families cram into tents, hotel rooms, cabins or the family RV for a little close-knit fun time they could be sharing more than memories! Head lice are more often passed to families or communities that are living in close proximity. The smaller the space, the greater the chance of passing head lice. This is one reason it is rumored that only dirty, poor people catch lice. Although that is not true, lower income areas are often more susceptible to head lice because the housing and living arrangements are often less spacious. It makes sense that it would be more quickly passed from person to person when houses, beds, and families are living closely together. As you get cozy under the stars or sleep soundly in your resort room, make sure everyone in your family is head lice free.
Towels, Hats and Seat Backs
Crowded amusement parks are not just for fun roller coasters and yummy snacks. People close together in lines, riding in the same seats and trying on clothing in gift shops make them easy targets for transferring head lice. This summer as you are waiting in line for your favorite ride, don’t just assume that your family is not going to be affected. Take precautions by talking to children about not trying on hats, beanies or hoodies. Make sure that girls hair is up and pulled back where it is much more likely to be protected against lice. Boys or girls can even wear hats from home that will help to ward off lice. Do not share towels when swimming. Once you are home adequately check your children’s head for traces of lice or their eggs. High-quality lice combs are available through Lice Clinics of America. They can help you understand what to look for and how to comb through the hair properly. Deep clean all clothing and accessories and make sure that no one brought home any unwanted pests.
If your travels do result in any suspicions of head lice the professional staff and state of the art technology available through Lice Clinics of America, Medway is your best source for preventing and eliminating head lice. We help thousands of people recover from head lice with fast, convenient, and cost-effective treatments. Call our office today to speak with someone who knows how to deal with head lice.