Throughout my years as a school nurse and my time in the hospitals, patients and families have shared a lot of information about home remedies, health beliefs and health related myths. One of the biggest myths related to hair is that Black (or African American) people do not or cannot get lice (Pediculosis or piojos). That somehow, head lice infestation is a White (Caucasian) only problem. Do you believe this as well?
Slay! But Check for Head Lice!
Well, here is the deal as it relates to head lice infestation and Black Americans.
All people of all races, and all economic statuses for that matter, can suffer from head lice.
I’ve seen it with my own eyes, and have pointed it out to parents who were in total disbelief. Head lice may have preferences for hair strand shapes that match their claw shape (oval vs. round strands), but in the end, they are able to hold on to different shapes.
In addition, head lice may have less chance of crossing racial barriers as racial groups often live in separation. Head lice is a social problem – people that live together, play together, go to school together, tend to pass it back and forth. But, in the end, the head louse just wants to eat, have kids and live! They don’t know what color or ethnicity you are – and they do not care.
Nothing more, and nothing less.
Check Yo Self,
Before You Wreck Yo Self
What does this mean for you if you are Black, or Latino, or Asian, or Indian, etc.? This means that although there is a definite and noticeable difference in the rate of lice infestation for Blacks versus Whites in the United States, all parents should know what to look for in case of exposure.
So, no matter what racial box you choose to check, once you receive that letter that states a student in the classroom has head lice, you need to begin the hairline patrol! Whether you use Lye on your child’s head regularly, whether you make them get Dominican presses weekly, whether they have locs, braids or ponytails, PREVENTION is priority number one.
Yes. Black people do get lice, but there are a few things you can do to avoid dealing with the problem. Here are the top three things you can do to prevent head lice :
Braids, ponytails, head scarfs, weaves – Keeping you beautiful kinky coils up and out of the way is a great way to make sure your hair doesn’t commingle with a person’s with lice.
Use scents. You all know you love a good scented product. Try a hair spray with tea tree and rosemary scents – lice don’t like those.
Check for lice when notices come home, or when you feel a lingering scalp itch!
You can use scents such as the essential oils found in this spray or shampoos with tea tree or rosemary scents added in order to help prevent getting lice. Here is a link to a good shampoo.
Obviously this is a Lice Clinic post, so the first thing I have to recommend is that you go to your local head lice treatment clinic. If you live near Lice Clinics Medford, you should call us today to hear about our treatment options. You can be screened for lice at a very affordable cost – generally somewhere between $15 – $25. The person will comb through your hair with a special lice comb, and will use a microscope and good lighting in order to diagnose the problem as LICE or NO LICE!
Treatment options include professional help (Like and Air Alle Treatment), or a Do It Yourself Lice Care process. For professional help you want to head to a Lice Clinic Of America location, which are in every state and have the HEATED AIR TECHNOLOGY. This is very important to the process.
Ignoring the fact that you or your child has head lice will not make it go away. Lice only multiply.
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