Love is in the air this month as we think about all the people who mean the most to us. We are proud to say that many patients from our clinics have nothing but LOVE for us! We appreciate our customers so much! We LOVE our community and the people we serve!
Here’s what parents are LOVING about Lice Clinics of Texas:
-Appointments Available When You Need Them
We offer quick appointments to help you get to a faster solution. When it comes to head lice, many people struggle for weeks or months trying to solve the problem on their own. After trying nitpicking with a comb, over the counter shampoos, or cleaning the home for several weeks…parents are left with a reoccurring and seemingly endless head lice problem!
Guaranteed head lice free in 90 minutes?! Parents are LOVING that option!
-Three Convenient Locations
You will find our Lice Clinics of Texas locations in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston to serve you! We are easy to find and right around the corner to supply you with the best, most up to date and effective lice treatment options available on the market today.
-Friendly, Caring and Dedicated Staff
So many parents walk away from our Lice Clinics of Texas relieved that they got the help they needed without feeling judged or put down! There is no reason to feel bad for having head lice! We get it! Head lice happen to the best of us! No one on our staff is here to criticize you or the situation. We are here to support you through it and eliminate your head lice problem for good!
Our technicians are all trained to spot head lice and nits, apply the best treatment option to end your specific problem and help you understand tips and tricks to avoid head lice in the future. Dedicated to you and knowledgeable, what more could you ask for in a Lice Clinic?
-No More Head Lice!
We are so confident that our treatment works and lasts that if you notice head lice or nits again within 6 weeks of receiving your treatment, we will treat you again for FREE!
Everyone seems to have busy schedules, too much to do and too little time to do it these days. With working busy jobs, raising children with their own schedules and juggling family time as well, a bad case of head lice in your home can seem almost unbearable to manage.
Take a deep breath, sit back and remember, you are not in this alone. Here at Lice Clinics of Texas, we want you to know these five important points.
5 Reasons Head Lice Shouldn’t Get You Down
#1 – Head Lice Are a Nuisance, Not a Public Health Hazard.
Head lice are a problem and a bother, but no one is seriously in danger. Although in rare cases, infection and problems can occur from untreated irritations on the scalp, if you are working to correct the problem the likelihood of that happening is incredibly low.
Head lice are not known to transmit any disease and therefore are not considered a health hazard. Symptoms will occur with 4 to 6 weeks of the initial infection. Most often the worst thing that comes from head lice is irritated, red sores on the scalp from bites and scratching. Yes, you definitely need to treat head lice. But no, no one is in serious harm.
#2 – Head Lice is Very Common. You Are Not Alone.
Every year in the United States alone up to 12 million children will get head lice. That number is on the rise for all kids, including teens. Why? New super lice are showing strong immunities to over the counter treatments. This is increasing cases of head lice in elementary schools, middle schools, and even high schools. Teens sharing electronic devices and catching head lice from younger siblings is something we are seeing more and more as well.
#3 – Head Lice is a Right of Passage.
Head lice do not mean that you are dirty or gross. Science has proven that head lice are no respecter of persons and like dirty or clean hair alike. In fact, some studies have shown they actually prefer clean hair in certain scenarios because it is easier to claw their way around from strand to strand. Regardless, it is no indication of your social status or hygiene habits.
Getting a case of head lice is a problem that builds character, helps keep us grounded, and reminds us that we are all really the same. Vulnerable, susceptible, human beings who need each other. No one is better than anyone else. No one is more important than anyone else. We are all here, experiencing life and learning from these daily lessons. A child or household that catches head lice has to learn how to face this challenge head-on, quite literally.
#4 – School Policies Are Changing
Many schools are changing their tune after the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just updated their guidelines, saying that kids with lice should not be banned from school. Instead, they have suggested that children showing mild symptoms or nits should be allowed to attend school, notify parents that they require treatment during the evening, and they are allowed back into school as soon as the next day.
Although this does raise some eyebrows, and some people are contesting it, many people actually believe this is an improvement. Children do not need to feel banished from their classmates any longer. They don’t need to miss extensive days of school and be publically called out for having head lice. As long as the parents are actively trying to eliminate it, they do not pose a huge threat to classmates.
#5 – Lice Clinics of Texas is Your BEST resource
Never before have generations of parents had Lice Clinics of Texas at their disposal when dealing with head lice in their family. We provide a support system for you like no other place available. We know what you are dealing with! We have solutions to your head lice concerns! We deal with head lice on a daily basis and can be here for you during this stressful scenario!
Parents all over the country are hearing rumors of super lice sweeping across schools. Reports of head lice that are showing strong immunities to treatment, aka super lice, have been reported in every state across the country. Many parents are concerned about the coming year. Are super lice still a problem in 2020?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 12 million children between the ages of 3-11 will be inflicted with head lice this year in the United States. Due to super lice, that number is clearly on the rise from previous years. What do you need to know about keeping your child safe from super lice? Take a look at our suggestions for keeping your kid head lice free.
Perform Regular Scalp Checks on your Children.
It can be tricky to catch head lice early on, but checking regularly for symptoms is the best way to ensure you catch head lice before it spreads throughout your household. Nit combs are an awesome resource for looking through your child’s hair for head lice. Nit combs are available to purchase at any Lice Clinics of Texas location or online through many other stores.
Start by getting a warm bowl of water, a nit comb, and a white towel or paper towel. Go through your child’s scalp looking for symptoms of head lice or nits. Use the nit comb to sweep through a section of hair, wipe the contents from the comb onto the white towel so they are more clearly visible, and then rinse the comb off in the bowl. Keep in mind that head lice most often stay near the nape of the neck, behind the ears or at the crown of the head.
Clear indications of head lice include sesame seed-sized adult lice, nits or lice eggs, red rashes, bite marks or irritations on the scalp.
Talk to Your Kids About Not Catching Head Lice.
Kids are never going to stop and think about the dangers of head lice on their own. They are only concerned with friends and fun! As a parent, take the time to remind children of the possibility of head lice. Teach children that head lice are spread most often through direct head to head contact. However, they can also be passed along through clothing or shared items: hats, hoodies, helmets, towels, blankets, pillows, earbuds, etc. Try to help young teens understand that when they are using handheld electronic devices they should be cautious to not push heads together with other friends who are also viewing the screen.
Get Informed About the Facts.
Contact school nurses or administration to ask questions. Information is power. If you are aware that an outbreak is occurring in your child’s school you will be ahead of the game. Talk to other parents, talk to teachers, be sure to keep in the loop.
Keep Kid’s School Gear Lice-Free.
Take your child’s backpack, winter hats, gloves, scarves, coats, and any other articles they take to school regularly sanitize them weekly. This could be done by simply washing items in a washing machine. This could also be done in a hot dryer for 20 minutes to kill any possible nits or head lice infecting items.
With winter comes dryer air and colder temperatures. A lot of people suffer from irritated, dry skin during this time of year. The scalp is especially prone to this. When a scalp becomes itchy and uncomfortable many people just believe they are dealing with a case of dandruff. In certain cases, however, head lice can be mistaken for dandruff. It is important to rule out head lice so that you can properly treat your dandruff symptoms or vice versa.
How can I tell the difference between dandruff and head lice?
What They Look Like:
Dandruffis white, flaky pieces of skin that become so dry they break off of the scalp. These pieces of dead skin fall in chunks that create white flakes usually present on the shoulders, neck or back of the person infected. Dandruff is easily visible and usually becomes much worse when the scalp is scratched or rubbed up with tips of fingers. If you look onto the scalp you will easily see patches of dry areas that are flaking and white in color.
Head lice are not as easily visible to the human eye. An adult louse is the size of a sesame seed and avoids direct light by burrowing into the hair or scalp. Usually, the first noticeable symptoms of head lice would be nits or lice eggs. These are transparent in color until they hatch when they become white. Female lice attach their eggs to a single hair strand very near the scalp to keep it warm and incubated by its human host. The egg is attached with a secretion from the mother that cements it to the hair strand, meaning it will not easily flake off as a piece of dandruff would. A single adult louse can lay up to ten eggs per day during her life. If you are looking for nits, search particularly well around the crown of the head, behind the ears and near the nape of the neck.
What Symptoms Are Present for Dandruff Vs. Head Lice?
Regular dandruff is the result of overactive skin reproduction. As a person loses skin cells the body regrows them every four weeks. Often times the body starts producing skin cells at a much more accelerated rate, leaving excessive skin cells that die off and peel off the skin. These mounds of flaked skin are clearly visible and could be an indication you need to visit the Dermatologist or health care professional. Dry, itchy and flaky skin can leave someone with painful, irritated spots on their head. A severe case may be warning signs of a more serious condition such as eczema or psoriasis. Extreme cases leave sufferers with cracked, blotchy skin and painful, bleeding sore on their heads. Another cause for dandruff is the overuse or misuse of hair products. Make sure to read the labels and use beauty products as directed.
The tricky thing abouthead lice is that a single louse can invade a person’s scalp and start laying eggs. By the time these eggs hatch, start to feed and begin laying their own eggs, several weeks can pass by. This means that signs and visible symptoms of head lice take up to 4-6 weeks to manifest sometimes after the initial infection. The average head has 15-30 active adult head lice once the problem is really noticed. By this time, you will see a large number of nits on the head, and red bumps and irritations from biting the scalp for food. Using a nitpicking comb, available at Lice Clinics of Texas, is an important tool to help you carefully sift out possible nits or head lice, rinse them off into a bowl of water, and clearly be able to see what you are dealing with.
What Treatment Options Are Recommended for Dandruff & Head Lice?
Dandruff is easily treated with over the counter medicated shampoos. Nearly half of adults will experience dandruff at some point in their life. It is a common problem that you can usually get a handle on after a few weeks of consistent treatment. Conditioning the scalp to provide moisture is also recommended. Protect your head from the elements with proper coats and headgear.
Head Lice is easily eliminated. Depending on your budget and time needs, our trained personnel will walk you through the best options for your specific situation.
Whether you have dealt with head lice before or this is your first go-around, knowing where to start can seem like a daunting task. For centuries people have used wild and creative methods to eliminate head lice. Ever seen a Pharoah or Egyptian goddess with their stylish jewels and large gold headpieces? Most likely these were ways to distract from the fact that most Egyptians had shaved heads to help ward off head lice. Notice how most Medieval Times features fur coats, jackets or vests? During this era, it was believed that head lice would prefer the warmth and comfort of animal fur and move from their human victim onto the fur pieces. It may sound crazy to us, yet there are all types of modern-day head lice remedies that seem just as strange.
Garlic is for Repelling Vampires, but What About Head Lice?
Some parents in the UK swear that adding a special mixture of ingredients, mainly garlic and lime juice to everyday shampoos will kill head lice.
THE PROBLEM: Obviously garlic in large amounts, this recipe calls for 10 cloves, produces a putrid smell. Can you imagine putting that in your hair for thirty minutes at a time? Not to mention, they suggest repeating the process every week for TWO months. Yikes. That is a recipe for an aroma disaster my friends…not a truly effective head lice remedy.
Mayonaisse or Vaseline? You Probably Have Both Laying Around Your Home
This particular home remedy is a common one. People believe that if they apply enough mayo or vaseline to the scalp, then proceed to cover it in plastic overnight that the head lice will suffocate. This could be partly true, however, incredibly ineffective and potentially dangerous.
THE PROBLEM: Depending on how young the child may be, we NEVER recommend putting plastic on your child’s head, especially overnight. This could lead to suffocating the child. Also, head lice can hold their breath for up to 8 hours. And, this method is not effective at all in killing nits, or lice eggs. So ultimately, it would need to be repeated every 7-10 days to kill head lice that were newly hatched, if it does kill them at all. Our suggestion, save the mayo for your next backyard BBQ with the neighbors.
Hair Straighteners, Hair Dryers, and Hair Trimmers, Oh My!
According to some sources, one out of four parents admits to using a hair straighter to attempt burning head lice out of their child’s scalp. The image of that is disturbing, although we do understand the desperation that parents have probably reached by that point. Others say that keeping a hot hairdryer on the scalp for an extended period of time has been their go-to when nothing else seemed to work. Others, yes about 50% of parents, admit that they have considered shaving the child’s head to finally be rid of head lice.
THE PROBLEM: First of all, beauty tools such as curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers were never designed as head lice removal tools. These instruments are designed to reach up to 365 – 400 degrees! Imagine the severe damage that could be done to a child’s scalp when these devices are used improperly. Especially, if left on for significant periods attempting to burn out head lice or nits. Consider also, no child thinks of having head lice as a pleasant experience. To shave their head or chop off their hair would only add to the humiliation and harshness of their problem.
This process is science in action, leaving behind the mess, worry, and uncertainty if your treatments are even working. Leave this problem to the professionals who have eliminated head lice for thousands of people, just like you! Call Lice Clinics of Texas to get the help you need.
Head lice can come as a shock to parents who just don’t ever think it could happen to their kids! The reality is, head lice happens to all types of people. Regardless of social status, ethnicity, financial background or hygiene. The best thing to do when dealing with the shock of head lice is to face FACTS!
Reality #1 – Head Lice Effect All Types of People
When scientists study which type of hair head lice are more drawn to, they have actually found head lice have no preference as to the cleanliness of someone’s hair. That means the age-old stigma that only dirty people get head lice is completely FALSE. Check out this study published with ABC Health and Wellbeing detailing the results of years of study about head lice.
The only people who are safe from head lice are those with no hair, or bald! They are spread most commonly through direct head to head contact. They need hair strands to attach to and lay their eggs. They live off the blood supply from a human host.
Reality #2 – Your Kid Has Had Head Lice for a While
The first symptom of head lice is itching. The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva or fecal matter. It often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start, which would lead to you starting to notice symptoms. Often the initial itching is just overlooked as dry skin. Head lice breed and reproduce at a fast rate. With a life span of only 30 days, adult lice need to grow and mature before you really start to notice significant symptoms. That is why frequent scalp screenings are the best way to avoid an outbreak.
Reality #3 – Head Checks Are The Best Way To Detect Lice
The sooner you find lice, the sooner you can get rid of them. The longer your child has head lice, the higher the chance of your other household members getting head lice. Even adults or the elderly would be at risk. Not to mention your child’s circle of friends and classmates. Nobody wants to be the reason for a lice outbreak at school. The only way to catch lice early on is to perform regular head checks on your children. We can show you the best ways to catch head lice early in our clinic.
4. We Offer The Best Lice Treatment Around
We offer the most up to date and effective lice treatments on the market.
Now you know a little bit more about head lice. Call Lice Clinics of Texas if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment!
With the fast pace world we live in today, why should head lice care be any different. Lice Clinics of Texas is your quick, painless solution for head lice removal. Over the counter shampoos, doctor prescribed shampoos, powders or treatments products simply do not work as quickly.
The majority of parents we encounter come to us after weeks of using harsh, chemical-based products that have left them fuming mad and still scratching their heads! These products are not working and cause a lot of frustration.
Lice Clinics of Texas should not be your last line of defense! We offer real solutions, for an affordable cost. Don’t waste your valuable resources – money and time trying to get rid of head lice on your own. We are here to help you!
Professional Staff Is Knowledgeable and Helpful
We know that this situation can cause high stress and frustration. We did not get into the head lice business because we enjoy dealing with creepy, crawly bugs! Going to work every day is rewarding after seeing the relief on parent’s faces when the problem is GONE! We love to help little boys and girls feel better and safe knowing the head lice are off of their scalp.
Our team has treated thousands of people for head lice. We are your professional source as to how to prevent head lice, eliminate it and stop it from spreading. If you have any questions about how the treatments work, or what options are best for your family please don’t wait! Head lice spread more quickly every day. The longer a person is a carrier, the more likely head lice are passed onto other members of their circle.
Lice Clinics of Texas can help ease your pain and stress from head lice. We understand that when you discover one, two or three people in your home have head lice, it almost always leads to anxiety and feelings of confusion! Where should I go for help? Should I treat it myself at home? What treatments will actually work? How did this happen?
Here are a few tidbits of information that can help you along your head lice journey.
1. Lice Can Infect Anyone
Head lice are not more often found in dirty or clean hair. In fact, studies done show that head lice are equal opportunity human parasites. Unless of course, you have no hair. Bald heads have no risk of getting head lice. There is no correlation between hygiene and contracting head lice. Except, hygiene can play a large role in how quickly you are able to be rid of head lice.
Head lice affect all races and are genetically equipped to hang onto human hair strands with a tight grip that makes them very difficult to remove. However, we more commonly see girls with head lice than boys, which is probably just because they usually have longer, flowing hair that is more easily infested than short hair from boys.
2. Your Child Has Probably Had Lice For a While
Head lice symptoms will usually take at least three to four weeks to manifest. This is because once head lice infect a head, they need 7-9 days for their first eggs to start hatching. The average head lice infection is not discovered until there are at least 15-20 adult lice on the scalp. The first sign is itching. Head lice leave traces of saliva each time they take a bite and suck blood from the scalp. This saliva is actually what people show allergic reactions to, causing itchiness on the scalp. Most often head lice are found on the crown on the head, behind the ears, and the back of the neck. Check these places of signs of red bumps, or bite marks that could indicate head lice.
3. Head Checks Are The Best Way To Detect Lice
The sooner you find lice, the sooner you can get rid of them, preventing them from spreading to anyone else. Nobody wants to be the reason for a lice outbreak at school. The only way to catch lice early on is to perform head lice checks at home and to do it often. Get a nitpicking comb to sift through hair, and be sure to check the crown of the head, behind the ears and the nape of the neck. This is where head lice tend to hang out. Do it weekly if they are young and daily if there’s an outbreak at school. One of the most common mistakes we see is that parents don’t check the adults in a home for head lice. We are seeing much more head lice in teens and adults as a result. Make sure all family members are screened before you declare your home head lice free.
4. We Offer The Best Lice Treatment Around
If you need lice treatment, look no further than our clinic. We are here to answer any additional questions you may have about head lice and the proper way to treat them. Please don’t hesitate to call our office today!
We all know what head lice are…or do we? There are actually a lot of common misconceptions about these pesky little critters. If you are dealing with a head lice problem in your home you might want to brush up on the facts!
Do Head Lice Bite? YES!
Just the thought of tiny bugs crawling through your hair biting you can make anyone feel sick. But think about it! An adult louse will feed 5 to 6 times per day. The average person with a case of head lice is carrying 10-12 lice at a time. This averages over 50 head lice bites per day that person is infected. This is why adequate treatment is extremely important. A problem with head lice, left for even a few days can really escalate quickly.
I Thought They Sucked Blood?
Kind of. Lice have a mouth that acts as a tube with a suction cup on the end. They grab a hold of the skin on the scalp and push through small sharp teeth that penetrate the skin. As they feed, the skin is broken leaving red bumps and marks on the scalp.
What is a Nit? Does it Bite?
Lice eggs, or nits, are not yet hatched and therefore unable to bite. As soon as an egg hatches, the newborn nymph will actively start looking for its first meal. Nymphs will bite and fed on human blood the same as adult lice while they grow and mature into adulthood.
Do the Lice Bites Cause the Itchiness?
As head lice bite they leave broken skin and open sores. They can become dry and irritated resulting in itchiness. This is just one of the reasons. As a louse drinks human blood, they salivate a substance that prevents the blood from clotting as they eat. This saliva is spread over the skin of the host and causes significant allergic reactions. Ever wonder how lice move around? As lice crawl around from hair strand to hair strand on the scalp they use hook-like claws on the tip of their legs. This gives off a tickling or irritating feeling that can lead to itchiness. The combination of bites, saliva, and crawling make itching a major symptom in indicating a head lice infestation.
My Child’s Scalp is Itchy? What do I do Now?
The first thing we recommend is using a nit comb, or fine tooth comb to examine your child’s scalp. Pay special attention to behind the ears, near the base of the neck and the crown of the head. These are the areas head lice like to linger and lay their eggs most often. While examining look for yellowish, oval eggs that are very near the base of the scalp. They will not easily flake off as dandruff would, but will be peeled off only using the fine tooth comb. Watch for red irritated bumps or rashes. Live lice will scurry away quickly from direct light and may be difficult to spot. If you do see any small, sesame seed-sized brown bugs crawling on the hair you clearly have a case of head lice.
As head lice are becoming a more difficult problem to eliminate all across the country you may have heard a new term that you aren’t familiar with. A lice clinic is a place you can go to seek professional advice and treatments that work immediately in eliminating your head lice problem. We can offer a diagnosis, affordable and reliable solutions for your specific problem, and give you peace of mind that we back our treatments with a guarantee that your head lice problem will be eliminated.
Head lice have been developing immunities to over the counter shampoos and treatments over the years. This has left many parents at their wit’s end trying to deal with head lice on their own. Home treatments that require weeks of applications and home remedies that offer no real solutions are a thing of the past! Lice Clinics of Texasare your professional, affordable and stress-free solution for dealing with head lice. Lice Clinics of various names and treatments are popping up all over the world in places like Australia, England, Spain, Denmark and the United States. This is because people are starting to turn to lice clinics to deal with the stress of head lice.
Our Staff of Professionals Is Here to Comfort You
One of the best parts of our job is the passion we feel about helping people. We are not passionate about head lice, but about helping families to eliminate the headache of head lice from their lives. We have helped thousands of people, just like you to become head lice free. We offer an environment where you can feel at peace, knowing you are not alone. We know that anyone can catch head lice and no one will make you feel embarrassed or ashamed to be dealing with this common problem. We will work discreetly and quickly to help you end your head lice problem in the most affordable and viable way for your family.