Ah, the holiday season! Spending quality time with those you love is a joyous occasion. Cookies are passed, hugs are shared, and family comes to visit from all over. What if they did not come alone though? Can you really be sure they did not give you head lice along with your gifts?
Every January there is a spike in head lice in Western and Central New York as a direct result of holiday gatherings. Similar to the flu or a cold, we unfortunately share more than hugs and gifts from Thanksgiving through New Year’s celebrations. Head lice are spread with head to head or hair to hair contact. When you hug, take a picture, or simply sit close to another family member or friend you are at risk for a head lice infestation.
Many are now just discovering they have head lice as it takes 4-6 weeks before there is enough activity for a layperson to detect the bugs and their eggs. Due to the delay, you could have inadvertently passed head lice onto another member or friend.
Did you know 90% of moms have head lice when their child has an active infestation? There is also a 30% chance that a sibling will also be infested (based on 2019 clinical data, Naughty Nits LLC). With the odds against you, it is critical all in the household get screened.
Here at Naughty Nits Lice Clinics of America we are committed to helping those who are plighted with head lice. We offer comprehensive screenings that will without a doubt give you an answer to whether or not you were given bugs when you shared those holiday hugs! If you should have a case of head lice, we are here to cure it and bring you peace in 2020! Visit us on the web at naughtynits.com for call today for more information and to schedule an appointment.