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Have you ever had head lice?
Yes 32%  32%  [ 8 ]
No 68%  68%  [ 17 ]
Total votes : 25

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06 Jul 2017, 3:00 pm

Just out of curiosity...

Have you ever had head lice? You don't have to comment on this at all. I suppose it might be embarrassing to you if you have had them, but I am curious. I never had head lice. It made the rounds in my schools when I was growing up, and I recently read that very few school children escape the dreaded head lice, but somehow it never touched me. I'm wondering if maybe, my autism could have played into that a bit- perhaps maybe it never got to me because I had such narrow social circles? I guess I'll see what the survey says.



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06 Jul 2017, 4:40 pm

I've just voted no.

Interestingly ( maybe ), I was convinced that I had head lice from 1987 up until 2011. Despite various doctors and specialists telling me otherwise.

It turned out to be psoriasis and easily treated with shampoo. I was suffering from delusions of having parasites.

Until I was 17 I didn't have any scalp problems, and then when I started getting an itchy scalp, two people at work noticed and inspected my scalp and told me that I had head lice. Idiots!

They had mistaken dandruff for eggs. So when the head lice medications didn't work I got really down about it. It wrecked my life for years.

Then in 2011 I started thinking, "Hmm, how come I've never found a single head lice in nearly 25 years?" And then gradually over the next 12 months I came around to the realisation that I had never had them at all.

Why didn't one of the doctors tell me that I had psoriasis, instead of just saying,"No you don't have head lice", and sending me on my way?



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06 Jul 2017, 5:12 pm

Never had lice, but I've had pinworms because I used to bite and suck on my fingers as a stim.



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06 Jul 2017, 8:49 pm

I've never had head lice, thank goodness. I've read that it's not a sign of poor hygiene and that lice actually prefer clean hair and don't care about its length. But people will probably say to me "Sure, that's what they *want* you to think."

When I was a teenager many people, including my own mother, thought my bad dandruff and acne was from poor hygiene, so at least I didn't have the stigma of head lice on top of that.



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06 Jul 2017, 10:21 pm

Well... there was this one incident when I was younger -- a cat I once had was riddled with fleas, and since I would sleep next to it... you get the picture. The itching was DREADFUL.


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06 Jul 2017, 10:28 pm

Where's the poll option for "never had them but they sound like a tasty source of protein"?



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07 Jul 2017, 9:33 am

Thank goodness, no. At least I escaped that problem. There were enough things that made me stick out like a sore thumb without having something so obviously gross.



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07 Jul 2017, 9:48 am

Once upon a time, when I was a little girl: yes, yes I do. :lol:
Because my classmates and playmates have them too. So were my cousins. Simple as that.

Until I was dragged into a hair salon, and did something other than getting a haircut -- my very first hair rebond and treatment at age 16.

Never had a case of head lice since then. :twisted:


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07 Jul 2017, 9:23 pm

^^^ Hmm, I think evolution has made us lose our appetite for grooming our fellow primates and searching for nutritional content at the same time. :chin:



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08 Jul 2017, 12:54 am

lostonearth35 wrote:
^^^ Hmm, I think evolution has made us lose our appetite for grooming our fellow primates and searching for nutritional content at the same time. :chin:

That sounds more like a product of human laziness than evolution. I've never had lice, on my head or in my mouth, but I'm assuming since they're arthropods they're jam packed with the good proteins. Anyone for crickets and grasshopper goulash?



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08 Jul 2017, 1:17 am

no, but it's been a while since i checked..... :oops:

are head lice tests still done to children in schools? i don't recall being checked for them past the 6th grade, then the nurse would show up in our class, at the door, about twice a year and us kids would would line up to be checked.

i have trouble imagining how an adult who even just occasionally cleans himself would contract head lice.

children are another story. they're disgusting, though i'd wonder about their parents.


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08 Jul 2017, 6:45 am

I had nits a lot as a kid. But the thing is I didn't mind getting them. My mum used to sit me in front of the TV and comb through my hair to find the nits, and it was like a massage for me.


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08 Jul 2017, 9:37 am

Nope.



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08 Jul 2017, 4:37 pm

No, I haven't. It is my understanding that getting head lice is not really related to hygiene like I once thought.



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10 Jul 2017, 10:31 am

I don't recall ever having head lice.

I washed my hair once a week as a kid. I wash it every day now.