Lice are very
easily spread, usually through close personal contact. Lice infestation may be
caused by any of the three types of lice:
- Head lice may be spread through close
personal contact, shared personal items (combs, brushes, hats, helmets,
clothing, or earphones), or shared bedding.
- Pubic lice are spread
mainly through sexual contact and are very contagious. Most people become
infected after a single exposure to an infected person. The lice and eggs
may also survive long enough on personal items such as clothing or towels to be
spread to another person. A child who has pubic lice may have a history
of sexual abuse.
- Body lice are most often spread by
contact with personal items, especially clothing and hats. They are
sometimes spread by direct personal contact.
Lice are spread from human to human. Pets don't get head lice and can't spread them to humans.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
August 30, 2012
©1995-2012, Healthwise, Incorporated, P.O. Box 1989, Boise, ID 83701.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
For more information,
How this information was developed.