Avoid Getting Lice At The Movies (a personal story and a PSA)

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Enjoy your little head friends
Lice aren’t nice.

This should be a little embarrassing: I’m a grownup after all. But I caught lice at the movies. I don’t feel weird about it – in fact I’m actually glad to know why this rash on my neck wouldn’t go away. This is treatable with a $12 lice-killer from Amazon. There are far more difficult things to handle in life.

But nobody WANTS lice. They are  gross little bloodsucking creatures that live on your head and lay eggs in your hair. I’ve been a walking buffet for them for some time now and it’s going to stop. No more free rides, you little nits! You hear me? #GETOFFMYLAWN

Consider this a Public Service Announcement. I’ve been asking people what they think of the itchy rash on my neck, and they told me they heard about this “lousey” (ha ha) situation at the cinema. I don’t have any kids around to catch it from, but I do go to the movies at least once a week for Peetimes. The news shows picked up on this minor national calamity, saying there’s a lice epidemic from movie theaters.

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one big louse, up close
Now I have to use eye bleach so I won’t see this again.

So, I got a lice comb from Rite Aid, and guess what? My head is teeming with vermin. You can’t wash them out, because the eggs stick to hair, hatch, and make your head in to a new casa de ranchero. Fun times.

I’m waiting for the mail to arrive with my de-lousing treatment, and getting ready to wash and dry everything I’ve worn or slept in all month (using the hottest temperature setting!).

And something you should know: lice can’t live away from a host’s body for more than three days. So you don’t have to chuck the things you can’t wash. Just put them in a bag outside for a few days. This link from the Mayo Clinic will tell you everything you need to know about lice, lice, and more lice.

I’ll update you on how evicting my tiny tenants goes.

In the meantime, I’m wrapping my head in a scarf and bringing a fresh towel to the movie theater, for two reasons: 1. I don’t want to pass my personal pests onto anyone else, and 2. I need to get into the habit of taking precautions at the moves to avoid donating future blood to bodily parasites.

Got Lice?

My easy list of steps will walk you through the de-lousing procedure. If you’re lice-free, be careful at the cinema, and keep checking every few weeks.

Have you ever picked up lice at the movies? Are you brave enough to tell your story? Tell us in the comments section below!

Got Lice from Movies & Theater Seats? Steps To Get Rid of Your Lice

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  • Debra McKnight

    Oh Jill, I am so sorry. That truly is a “lousy” deal. No lice, but I did get an eye infection from something I picked up on the hand rests at a movie theater and then rubbed my eye. I always use hand wipes on shopping carts, but will keep a pack in my purse now for the theater. No kids or go to other public places, so it had to be the theater. Thanks for the PSA.

  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    Sure thing, and thanks for the well wishes in evicting my little friends. Oy. I’ll keep you posted. I hope most RunPee users won’t have to handle this.

    Wipes won’t work on plush seats. But good call about the arm rests. I am so careful on planes and with shopping carts…don’t know why I didn’t think about theater arm rests.

    I have THREE movies I’m seeing tomorrow, so I’ll need a towel, and will have to remember which side is the ‘bad’ side.

    How did you get rid of your eye infection?

  • Sarah Smithers

    Ha ha, thanks..
    I WAS just concerned about bedbugs, but thought I was just being overly anxious..
    Good to know my paranoia was right!

  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    Yeah. Lovely, huh? Bedbugs are apparently worse — harder to kill, etc. I’m not saying lice are fun and games, though. It’s been a few days after applying the lice killing spray, and my neck is still itchy as hell. I’m going to get that lice comb back out and check again. Jeez, this is embarrassing!

    Sarah, you can’t be too careful.

    • Sarah E Smithers

      Yeah, I was surprised you posted about it… But you got the balls to do the Public Service Announcement.
      I went through that twice in my life, and it was scream-frustrating hell. The last time I ever wore shorts I was in a drs office and I looked at all the scratching kids and jumped out of my seat so fast… There’s so many things I will never do again just so I never have to go through that again.
      Hope your hell has an end real quick.

  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    LOL, yes. Exactly. My household of three generations has three people with a flu right now, and I’m trying to not touch anything.

    I used to get all kinds of colds on airplanes until I started being strict about drinking Airborne and using clorox wipes on all the surfaces. I even had someone berate me for it…asshat. 🙁 But when I’m careful, I don’t get sick.

    I really really don’t want to know what those kids were scratching about in their nether regions. Ugh. But I guess if lice can live down there it’s easier to shave that area than one’s head.

    Such a weird topic! But hey, if we’re helping people not get parasites, it’s a worthy endeavor!

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