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Can African American's get head lice?

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The subject related to African Americans and head lice has been a controversy for many years. The thought has always been that head lice could not live in course hair or hair treated with products such as oils, greases, oil sheen sprays, and gels. A very common thought is that lice doesn't live in dirty hair. There are several myths surrounding the topic of African American hair and head lice.

An African Americans general use of oil products paired with the general idea that many don't wash their hair very often, appears to have inadvertently correlate that oil, dirt, and course hair equates to no lice. As if black hair is not good enough for bugs. This is laughably untrue as head lice does not discriminate. Furthermore, all the notions elude that the general idea of black hair is true across the board.

Please keep in mind that there are many races and nationalities that have course and or oily hair.

For many years the majority of African Americans have omitted the topic of head lice. This was probably based on the old aged myths. How can African Americans receive accurate information on this subject matter?

It may be true that African Americans just don't receive traditional treatment for head lice and or they chose not to report their problem to health officials. Is it true that those who have chemically treated hair will not get lice?

The FDA states, "6 to 12 million cases of head lice infestation occur each year (are African Americans excluded from the 6 -12 million?) in the United States in children 3 to 11 years of age, according to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention. Head lice are most common among preschool children attending child care, elementary school children, and household members of children who have lice."

The FDA as well as the CDC never preclude African Americans from being head lice recipients. In fact, race and hair type is never mentioned by either government entity. Maybe there is more data needed in order to educate African American's. Have you or your child(ren) ever had head lice? Have you or do you know of any African American's who've had head lice? Do public schools in your area give head lice examinations?

Share your story so that the myths can be put to rest for good. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page where you can write your thoughts and insights on this subject.

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