becca (becala) wrote in get_up_dread_up,


Now here's something I never thought about. From the Knotty Boy how-to section on "the itchies":

"The first thing to determine is whether or not it's just dry scalp... or bugs. ...DON'T let animals sleep next to your head ever. My friend Stacey just told me about her brother's friend who had dreads, and then got a whole head of fleas from a dog! That truly is disgusting. I guess all it takes is one to jump in there and not get back out. If that ever happens to you, or something else weird crawled in, laid eggs and is having a party in there - CUT THEM OFF. "

I so never thought of that. Now here's the thing. My in-laws live in Texas, along with the rest of my friends, so when I go back there to visit, I stay at their house for several weeks. This usually happens in the summer. They have several cats and a dog, and hey, it's Texas. There's rarely a hard freeze, so the fleas run rampant.

I have always had a problem with the fleas biting my legs and any exposed skin I have when I walk around the house, and usually get a couple fleabites while I sleep. And that's if I make sure to wear lots of clothes. Note that noone else has a problem with the fleas. Either the fleas don't like them, or they're not allergic to the bites. But now I'm totally paranoid that I'm going to get one in my hair and end up with bugs! Oh my god! Someone tell me I don't have to worry about this! *cries*
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