|Getting Rid of Lice Index|
- Getting rid of Lice - Detection with the best methods and treatment with the best products
- Info about Combs, Lotions, Liquids, Insecticides and Medication
- Facts and Information about the possibility of Black People catching Lice
- Prevention, Control, Treatment, Remedies and Medication for Dogs, Cats, Poultry and Humans
- Infestation in your home? House or body-lice? Need Control? Get rid of Lice effectively!
- Pictures, Treatments, Facts and Info about Lice, their Life Cycle and how they infect us!
Can Black People Get Lice? - Yes
The short answer to this question is yes, black people can get lice. However, black people are less likely to catch head lice in certain parts of the world and this could be for many reasons. Before we detail those potential reasons below, we must say that the term 'black people' is a phrase used to describe those of us with dark skin and natural afro hair (but it is the hair part that is most important in answering this question). Black people will therefore include Africans, Black British, Black Canadians, Afro-Asians, African-Americans and Afro-Latinos.
Can Black People Get Lice? - If so, how?
There are over 3000 different species of lice in the world, but it is the head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis), body louse (Pediculus humanus corporis) and pubic louse (Phthirus pubis) that most commonly affect humans - a condition called Pediculosis. For the purpose of this page we will be referencing head lice. Lice are small wingless parasitic insects that feed on our blood and live on our skin (the scalp). With three pairs of legs and claw like grips they crawl through hair and are usually passed between people by head to head contact or the sharing of hair brushes, hats, combs and other infected head gear.
Can Black People Get Lice? - More likely in certain areas of the world
In North America, Canada and the UK black people are less likely to get lice due to their hair structure. The curly, almost elliptical hair shape of natural afro hair that black people have makes it very difficult for the common head louse of these areas to cling on and stay attached. It is not ruled out though, so black people should be just as aware of the risks of head lice (certainly at school) as white people. However, in areas of the world such as Africa, Nigeria and Brazil the head louse has adapted its claws to get a more suitable grip of the hair type and will therefore infest the hair of black people rather than white people.