Where do lice come from? Treatment & Preventions

Lice are a problem for everyone, children, women, and men. Lice are parasites which spread by personal contact. When someone tells you there is a Lice on your shoulder or neck, you think where do lice come from?

where do lice come from?

What are lice?

The first thing you need to know what lice are, and what do they do on your body. Lice are small species known as parasites that feed on the blood of humans and animals. Lice are small insects in your scalp. They are not harmful to your body, but they cause itching and rashes. Mostly lice do not carry diseases. Lice’s only source of living is blood they get from your scalp; they cannot fly, swim or live in water. They are not airborne. Like 100000 years ago lice were with humans, and after 100000 years, they will be there, if there would be humans.

Transmission – How you get them:

Lice changes body or hosts when the host has personal contact like sleeping together, sitting together can transmit lice on your body. They are mostly found in children because they play in dust and get lice from there or in people who live in populated, unhygienic and dirty areas. Lice can’t jump or fly they can only crawl. Sharing combs, brushes, towels, clothes and hats can also transmit lice from one host to another. Try to use your own personal things to protect yourself from this problem.

Types of Lice:

There are three types of lice. Body, head and pubic lice. Genetics of these lice are different, but they share same ancestors.

  • Head lice are most common among all types of lice. They are present on the neck, scalp, shoulder or ear. Head lice do not carry disease or bacteria’s.
  • Body lice are found on shoulders, arms, and legs. They are larger than other types. People who are unable to clean their clothes or lives in the crowded area can get such lice. Red bumps, dark skin, and intense itching are symbols of the body louse. Body lice do carry many diseases with it like relapsing fever, bubonic plunge, trench fever, louse-borne typhus
  • Pubic lice are present on pubic hairs or skin. They are also known as crabs. Blue spots or small spots of blood usually on thighs and abdomen are symbols of pubic lice.

Treatments for Lice:

If you just came to know that you or your children are having lice which can embarrass you so don’t worry follow these remedies:

  • Use a sharp lice comb and comb daily for about three weeks in morning and evening.
  • Use oil treatment with combing.
  • Some other things which can help a lot include pyrethrin, olive oil, lotions, spinosad, louse buster (device).

You can also use the method like dunking your hairs and use of hair dryers but these are not very effective.

How to protect yourself from lice?

Lice problem can put you in shame in front of other sometimes, because when lice feed and bites into your scalp, you feel itching, and you start scratching your head and hairs. That can be embarrassing if you are in a gathering. Some people think that only middle and low-class people get lice because of their lifestyle and environment, but that is not true. People from any class can get lice in their head. Lice do not see standards of your life, you have blood to feed lice that all lice need to live. Don’t share personal items like scarfs, clothes, towels, hats and other stuff that can transfer lice into your head. You will not notice that you have lice, after almost six months you will feel that you got lice, and they are not easy to clean up. Their size is so small that it is very difficult to comb them out of your hairs. There are many lice shampoos and oils that help in removing lice from your head.


I hope now you know where do lice came from and what you need to do to prevent getting lice.

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