“I just found out that I have lice, and I’m freaking out!’ is probably the most common thing we hear at the other end of the line. And is not only common but completely understandable. Now, why do head lice trigger so much stress? Here’s a few facts that will make us understand why do we feel so stressed and hopefully make us feel a little better when it happens.
1. The unknown. Fear of the unknown is probably one of the biggest reasons why we feel stressed. we may not know what they really are, how to deal with them and therefore our minds and bodies react to it. Knowing what head lice & nits (egg) look like and how they spread, live and die will help us feel more in control.
2. Caring. Because we care for our children and loved ones, seeing them suffer makes us feel stressed. We wish that we could make it go away by just looking at them or snapping our fingers. Sometimes, our children they just want to hear that everything will be alright, if you look calm they will most likely empathize with you and be calm as well.
3. Social stigma. Both for adults and children is not nice to say, “I have lice.” Throughout the years, there has been a lot of misconception about lice and it’s been attributed to a lack of hygiene or even a lower income when the truth is, lice don’t discriminate. Making everyone aware of that will be a step towards normalizing head lice.
4. No quick fix. Altough taking care of lice doesn’t have to be a long and hazardous process, depending of the level of infestation if you want to take care of it it definitely might be. There are professional services that will make your life easier and help you treating your lice infestation in a faster and more effective manner.