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Headphones and head lice?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Earbuds are ok

Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen).
Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died.

In brief: Earbuds are ok

Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen).
Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Headphones = vectors

Headphone can lead to vector transmission of lice.
Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys & seats in a variety of areas.

In brief: Headphones = vectors

Headphone can lead to vector transmission of lice.
Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys & seats in a variety of areas.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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