Can bald people get lice?

A common question amongst those who are bald or balding is whether they’re going to have to deal with lice any more. If you’ve had lice in the past, it’s understandable that this is a concern; lice can be pretty disgusting!

If you’re asking yourself whether bald people can get lice, then the answer is no. A totally bald headed man is not going to get lice on his, as they need something to cling on to.

Now, this definitely doesn’t mean that you’re totally safe from lice if you’re a bald guy. The majority of bald guys choose not to shave their head entirely. This means that there is still some hair on your head to cling on to, which gives you the opportunity to still get lice.

Now, aside from your head, there are other regions on your body that you can get lice, even if you’re a bald guy. Here’s a few examples of what I mean.

Eyebrow Lice

Eyebrow lice is actually more common than you might think. If you have itchy eyebrows, then there’s a chance that you’re experiencing some form of eyebrow lice.

Many people think that the itchiness comes from the lice itself – this isn’t true. You’re actually itching to tiny bites that the lice are making into your skin, which will cause an allergic reaction, resulting in you itching your face. I know, I’ve made it sound a million times worse than you originally thought! Whilst eyebrow lice are more common in those with hair, it is possible for bald men to get eyebrow lice too.

Beard Lice

Lice can cling onto pretty much any hair that’s on your body, although it’s much easier for lice to grip onto head hair than it is hair on your beard. This is because the hair on your head is easier for the claws of the lice to grip on to.

It’s pretty common to get beard lice, especially if you have young kids who come home from work and share their lice with you!

Chest Hair Lice

Much like beard lice, another common place for bald men to experience lice is in their chest hair. Of course, you would think an easy fix for this is to shave it all off! But, there’s really little need to go to such drastic lengths to get rid of lice.

With pubic and hair lice, you can usually visit a doctor or even find some good over the counter treatments for lice which are extremely effective.

Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Pubic lice are much shorter than head lice and body lice, but that doesn’t mean that they’re any less worrying.

Typically, pubic lice are transferred through sexual contact, but there are other ways that you can catch pubic lice without contact with another individual. This is an unlikely scenario, but it is possible to get pubic lice from sharing a towel or even clothes and bedsheets. For this reason, it’s extremely important to keep your materials regularly clean, so that you can avoid getting any of these sorts of lice.

Getting rid of pub lice is more difficult than getting rid of head lice, but it’s not impossible.

All these other forms of lice can be ways that bald men can still get lice – so if you’re bald, you’re not totally out of the woods yet when it comes to lice. One of the best things that you can do if you think you have head lice and your balding is to shave your head completely. For this, you’re best of getting yourself a decent head shaver. Doing this will undoubtedly help to rid yourself of head lice entirely if you don’t mind going fully bald.

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