When it comes to what makes people go "Ewww!," lice are close to the top of the list. But if you have a preschool or elementary school child, you know that head lice are all too common. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 6 to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the U.S. among kids 3 to 11 years old. But don't panic just yet. There's a lot of misinformation about lice, from how they spread to how they're treated. We're here to set the record straight.
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Myth 1: Lice Can Jump from Person to Person
Head lice are parasitic insects that survive on blood from their host. They don't jump -- or fly, for that matter - they move by crawling, wandering from one host to another through head-to-head contact. Once they find a host, lice begin breeding: Adult females lay eggs, or nits, which are cemented near the person's scalp. After about a week the nitRead More »from Head Lice: 11 Myths Debunked