What increases my risk for lice?

Your risk for lice is increased by being in close contact with another person who is infected. In most cases, risk is highest in group settings, such as daycare, camps, slumber parties, or dormitories. Lice is usually spread by head-to-head contact, but it can also be spread by sharing combs, brushes, bed linens, hats and clothing.
Your risk for head lice goes up if you have contact with another person who has lice. You can also get it by using personal items, such as hats, scarves, towels, bedding or hair brushes and combs that have live lice on them.

School-age children and people who live in close quarters with a lot of other people, such as in a dorm or military barracks, have the highest risk of getting lice.

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