What are the Risk Factors for Head Lice

The risk of contracting head lice increases when in close contact with an infested individual, particularly through head-to-head contact during activities like playing or sleeping, such as on playgrounds.

Transmission can also occur through contact with contaminated clothing (like hats, scarves, or coats) or personal items (like brushes or towels) belonging to an infected person.

Head lice infestations are more prevalent among children, especially preschool and elementary-aged children (3-11 years old), and their families.

Furthermore, girls are more susceptible to head lice than boys, and women are more prone to infestation than men.

It’s important to note that personal hygiene and cleanliness in the home or school do not prevent the infestation or transmission of head lice.