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The Tale of How Lice Began: An Uncomfortable History

Doesn’t it seem like head lice have been around forever? And despite the fact that there are very effective head lice treatments on the market out there like ClearLice, doesn’t it seem like head lice simply never go away?

If you have ever wondered what the origins of these nasty little bugs are and why they seem to be so resilient, you will be surprised to know that the head lice that are so common today have actually evolved in order to become more resistant to traditional lice treatment products and that they have done an impressing job of figuring out how to survive even the harshest winters and the hottest summers.

They say that in order to understand a problem you have to figure out how that problem happened first and a head lice problem is not the exception to this rule, if we want to understand why head lice act the way they do and how they affect our family we need to understand their nature, their origins and their behavior in order to be able to cure this problem effectively.

What Exactly Is A Louse In The First Place?

A louse is a parasite; this means that a louse establishes a symbiotic relationship with its host in which the louse depends on its host entirely for shelter, food and protection against the elements. While the term “parasite” is a very broad term that can be used to describe symbiotic relationships in the wild, people generally don’t think of head lice as parasites, perhaps due to the fact that they are thought to be just bugs that live in our scalp. However, head lice are actually a very good example of parasites as they feed from our blood, use the hair in our scalps as protection against the elements, light and weather and also the fact that they cannot live off their host for a very long time. One of the main differences between head lice and other bugs that affect the human scalp and hair, like fleas, is the fact that head lice spend their entire life cycle on a host; meaning that they are born, they grow, they reproduce and (typically) die while attached to their host.

Where Do Lice Originate From?

Now that we have established the fact that head lice are parasites and that they spend their entire life cycle attached to their host, it is perhaps a good time to think about their origins. While a consensus has not been reached in the scientific community that could help us determine when exactly these parasites originated, we do know for a fact that head lice and lice nits have been found in the scalp of some of the earliest human remains found in the Egyptian Pyramids. However, scientist believe that head lice have been around for as long as we have, due to the fact that they depend entirely on humans in order to survive. And while there are other types of lice out there in the wild, the type of lice that affects humans (Pediculus humanus capitis) cannot attach themselves to a non-human host. Similarly, the type of lice that affects dogs cannot infect a human being due to the fact that they simply cannot feed off our blood.

Another thing to consider when it comes to head lice is the fact that lice cannot jump or fly from one head to another, which means that they only way they could move from one host to another is through direct contact and what this means is that if children bump heads or touch articles that have been worn by someone affected by head lice, their chances of becoming infested themselves increases greatly.

What Is This I’m Hearing About “Mutated” Lice?

One of the most common chemicals used in the treatment of head lice is Permethrin; this chemical has been used for a very long time in OTC treatments for head lice. Unfortunately, this chemical has been used so much in recent times that head lice have started to develop an immunity against it. This is not uncommon, in fact this trait is all hard coded into an organism’s DNA and this is why pesticide manufacturers constantly have to change the formula of their products in order to remain competitive. However, when it comes to head lice treatments, the formula has not changed at all, which means that head lice are becoming stronger and stronger against these treatments. Fortunately, you can always rely on ClearLice as it is made from all-natural products which means that you get all the pros of an effective head lice treatment without all the side-effects and immunities commonly associated with these treatments. ClearLice will get rid of lice and nits in one day, guaranteed.

 

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