Head lice have been around for ages. In fact, since the beginning of our species men have been plagued with this parasite. Various cultures have experienced a significant impact from head lice. From the ancient Egyptians to the American cowboy, head lice have been bugging humans for centuries. How did they treat head lice back when Pharaohs ruled the land? What did those western cowboys do to find some relief? You may find out they are not so different from us when you dive into the history of head lice.
Walk Like An Egyptian
Egyptian gods and goddesses have been intriguing historians for centuries as creatures of beauty and great power. We know now that recent archaeological findings prove lice impacted the Egyptian culture significantly. Mummified corpses once examined prove that intact head lice are still present on their scalp, some numbering over 400 head lice on a single scalp. It may seem like a fashion statement to some, but often Egyptian women, children and most often priests or royalty would shave their entire bodies to prevent lice. They would wear beautiful, elaborate hair pieces or wigs that were symbols of power and wealth. Who knew these fashion icons were actually just trying to be rid of head lice?
Lords and Ladies of the Land had Head Lice
The Dark Ages was a time of brutality, coldness and horrendous medical theories. Medieval men and women lived in close quarters, shared beds, owned limited pairs of clothing, and obviously had limited resources for proper personal hygiene methods. These circumstances and living conditions made it a time when lice plagued everyone, from the wealthy royal to the common peasant. Some folklore suggests that lard and oils were used to try and suffocate the lice and eggs. Another folk tale says that Lord and Ladies of old would wear fur vests and cloaks in hopes that the lice would prefer the lush fur and make their way into its warmth. However naive and idiotic that might seem to us, I’m sure they were willing to try anything to find some relief from head lice.
Frontiersmen Fought off Lice
The great American cowboy was no stranger to head lice. Especially as war, devastation, hard times and poverty became part of their lifestyle. Hospital wards, soldiers quarters and poor living conditions for families and soldiers made head lice a great problem in the Wild West. Among artifacts found from that time period are many bone-derived lice combs. These were small in length, only a few inches, and usually derived from buffalo or cow bone.
Early 20th Century vs. Modern Science
When WW II soldiers were trapped in trenches and fighting for their life many diseases and human ailments were passed from soldier to soldier. Luckily by that time in history scientists had worked to develop pesticides that counteracted malaria-borne diseases carried from mosquitos. These same treatments were thought to work in killing lice and their nits, as well. Today we know that harsh chemicals are not the best approach. Thanks to modern science, over the counter shampoos and chemical treatments, are becoming a thing of the past.
Treatment is still needed today for the nearly 12 million children who are infected with head lice each year in the U.S. The most innovative and effective treatment in history is now available to our generation. Treatment using the AirAllé device is available at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers. Now over 150 clinics are helping clients all over the United States and 100 more in other countries. For more information or to find some answers to your head lice problem contact Lice Clinics of America today.
Lice Clinics of America is here for you. We are your professional source for eliminating and preventing head lice. If you have questions…we have answers. If you have concerns….we can alleviate them. Call our office to let us help you end your head lice problems today! Here are a few things every parent should know when dealing with head lice.
Head lice: What is a louse exactly?
Head lice are the plural form of an insect that infects people. The louse, a single head lice, is a tiny insect about ⅛ inch long that uses human heads for a food source and heat source to survive. They feed on human blood several times per day. Head lice have a short 30-day lifespan but reproduce very quickly. Nits, or lice eggs, are hatched every 7-9 days, and lice mature quickly after that. Nits are white colored oval eggs that are literally glued to the base of hair strands when laid by the female. Although difficult to get rid of and pesky to deal with, head lice are not considered a health hazard.
Who can get head lice?
Anyone can get head lice, but most commonly children between the ages of 3-10. Although the number of older children and teens we see with head lice is definitely on the rise. They are not a sign of being dirty. Head lice are found everywhere throughout the world and are not an indication of race, social status, cleanliness or hygiene issues.
How does a head lice infestation occur?
Head lice are most commonly spread through direct head to head contact with someone else who is infected. They cannot jump or fly. Rather, they crawl quickly through the hair and find a new host to spread to. Personal items are also a quick way to become infected if shared with some who has head lice. Anything that touches the hair could potentially be harboring head lice. Animals do not spread head lice, they are a human parasite.
What are the signs of a head lice infestation?
Commonly head lice symptoms will take 2 to 3 weeks to start to manifest. Head lice and nits are most often found behind the ears, the neckline and the crown of the head. Some clear indications include an itchy scalp, scratch marks, red bumps from bites or rashes from irritated skin caused by fecal matter and saliva from head lice. If you need help diagnosing head lice, call Lice Clinics of America to perform a head lice check. Staff members are able to diagnose your problem and offer you quick and easy solutions. One reason this is advantageous for most parents is that it can be difficult to determine between head lice eggs, nits, and common dandruff.
How do you treat head lice?
For year doctors typically recommended over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medicated (lice-killing) product. Unfortunately, head lice treatments such as OTC creams, pyrethrin based shampoos products, and powders are proving to be ineffective against the new wave of super head lice we are seeing across the United States and other countries. Overuse of these products for decades has made the head lice immune to their active ingredients.
A new, innovative technology called the AirAllé device is currently the most celebrated and exciting treatment in the lice removal industry. This process uses dehydration to desiccate head lice and their eggs in a single, one-hour treatment.
How should you clean up the environment?
Lice that are knocked off of the human head are unable to survive longer than 24 hours. Nits that leave the warmth and humid environment of their human host can live up to two days on items used by the infected person. For that reason, we recommend the following to ensure head lice are not reintroduced to anyone in your home.
-Wash bedding, clothing, towels, pillows or any washable items that are possibly contaminated in hot water (above 130° F) and dry in a hot dryer.
-Clean combs, brushes and similar items by heating in water of at least 130° F for 10 minutes or in bleach water for thirty minutes.
-Clean floors, carpeting, and furniture by thorough vacuuming only. The use of insecticide sprays is not necessary.
-Cleaning efforts should happen on the day that head lice treatment is given. This will ensure that there is no reinfection and that the procedure will be effective.
Have you noticed your child scratching their head lately? Do they complain of an itchy and irritated scalp? Maybe you are concerned they might have a head lice problem but are thinking it could just be something you can ignore? Won’t the head lice just die off on their own?
Head lice need to be treated effectively to take care of the problem. Here is why head lice won’t just fade away with time.
Head Lice Are Extremely Contagious
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 6-12 million children in the United States will have a case of head lice this year alone. Most of these children are between the ages of 3-10. That means that any older kids, adults or elderly people sharing a home with these children are also at a much higher risk for infection. It is rare that only one person in a household will contract lice once it is initially brought into the home.
Head lice are most commonly passed on through direct head to head contact. A hug, sharing a book together on the couch, taking a picture or just watching your favorite TV show together in a recliner are all ways head lice can be easily passed on from family members. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not checking everyone in the family for head lice. If you do not, the problem will just continue to be passed along from person to person until you eventually have everyone treated.
Understand the Life Cycle of Head Lice
The average life cycle of a louse is 30 days. Once lice find their way onto a human host they begin to lay eggs. Females become fully mature after about two weeks. At this point, they will lay up to 10 eggs per day on a scalp. The nits, or eggs, will take 7-9 days to hatch. As those nymphs or young head lice mature they will molt several different times while they grow and develop into adults. Each female that matures will then began laying up to 10 eggs per day as well. You can see how the problem could escalate quickly. To think that head lice will just die off on their own is absolutely false.
Head Lice are Not Controlled by Hygiene or Home Remedies
Head lice have the unique ability to hold their breath for up to 8 hours. Because of this regular shampooing and water does not have an effect on the head lice. Not to mention that nits are stuck to hair strands with a glue-like secretion that makes them hard to remove. Simply rinsing the hair out or washing the hair out will not eliminate the eggs either. According to MedicoRx home remedies such as trying to suffocate the head lice with mayonnaise are not effective options because of their ability to hold their breath so long. These things simply will not work and the problem will escalate.
Nitpicking can be a grueling process
While nitpicking is an encouraged way to make sure that lice do not return, it is not effective in eliminating a problem initially. For a human to go through every strand of hair and find every nit or louse it is almost impossible to be 100% accurate. Dandruff, skin flakes from dry skin or shampooing residue can leave white flakes that look similar to nits. Therefore, it is difficult sometimes for parents to even identify what the nits are and what are not. Nitpicking is encouraged to determine if you have a problem with head lice. It is not an effective tool to completely defeat head lice at home by yourself.
Here’s How We Can Help
Lice Clinics of America take great pride in the fact that we help our customers get rid of their head lice once and for all. Why go through weeks of torment if head lice are just going to return with home remedies or over-the-counter products that don’t work? We offer the latest technology in head lice removal at affordable prices that will be well worth your time and money. Contact our offices today to schedule your appointment with a professional who knows how to help you with your head lice problem.
There are a few common reasons that people continue to be plagued with head lice in their home. Are you one of those parents who has worked tirelessly with home remedies, over the counter shampoos, deep cleaning your home and nitpicking your child’s head only to realize a few weeks later – the problem has returned?! Here are some of the facts about head lice and why these methods just aren’t foolproof.
-Kids are most likely to get head lice, but parents can catch it, too! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teach us that children between the ages of 3-10 are the most common victims of head lice. Why? Head lice are passed most often through direct head to head contact. Children at preschool, kindergartens, elementary schools or just living and playing amongst other children are more likely to have direct head to head contact and pass along head lice. That can mean that they bring it home and give it to mom and dad as well! If you have not checked EVERY member of your household for head lice, you are likely going to continue to have a problem. Our clinic offers head lice checks if you are unsure what to look for.
-Home remedies are NOT an effective, proven method against head lice and their eggs. Many mothers and fathers will go for the inexpensive, non-chemical methods such as essential oils, mayonnaise, vaseline or several other online ideas they can pick up from blogs. Unfortunately, these methods will do little in actually killing active head lice and especially their unhatched eggs from hatching in 7-9 days. Even if the suffocation methods kill the adults, in a few days time you will have a whole new generation of head lice pop up. These methods can also be dangerous, such a kerosene, or using plastic wrap on your child’s head. We do NOT recommend such ways to eliminate head lice and hope you will steer clear of these old wives tales.
-Drugstore treatments have an active ingredient, pyrethrin, that does NOT kill head lice anymore. Over the years the overuse of these products has resulted in a new generation of head lice that show strong immunities to them. In fact, people often use the product more often than recommended on the bottle in a desperate attempt to get rid of their head lice problem. This has resulted in lice shampoo burning children’s eyes causing irritation, tearing, scratches to the eye and even blurry vision. When it is inhaled it can cause damage resulting in a runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.
What can you do?
The most effective, proven treatment method against head lice is the AirAllé® medical device. This is an FDA-cleared head lice treatment that targets head lice AND their eggs using a dehydration method to kill active lice and prevent eggs from hatching. This process takes about 90 minutes and is painless and truly impactful. Lice Clinics of America has successfully helped hundreds of thousands of people eliminate their head lice worries in a single application. Our expert staff can perform head lice checks for your whole family, give you proper treatment advice and help you end the head lice nightmare. Call us today!
Lice Clinics of America offers a new revolutionary treatment in head lice prevention. The AirAllé® Treatment is a product that uses the science behind dehydration to effectively kill head lice without harsh chemicals or fumes.
Did you know, in 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their recommended procedures against head lice to include the use of our modern, amazing product?
“The AirAllé® (Larada Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT) device is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice. One study showed that subjects had nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice.”
Here is Why!
#1 – The AirAllé® Treatment contains no harsh chemicals or harmful fumes.
In the 1990s new products were introduced to the market that used the active ingredient Pyrethrum to kill head lice. These over the counter shampoos and powders required three distinct treatments in order to properly work. Because of anxiety to get rid of head lice, some parents misuse the products resulting in rashes, burns, or sensitivity to the skin on the scalp. Often times this can even result in needing a pediatrician. Our treatment uses absolutely no harsh chemical and does not emit harsh fumes, making it much safer and environmentally friendly.
#2 – The Treatment is Fast and Painless
The AirAllé® Treatment requires between 60-90 minutes from start to completion. The process uses a machine that directs mildly warm air onto the scalp, drastically eliminating moisture. This dehydrates the head lice and leaves the scalp virtually head lice free. This painless method proves no risk of burning, irritation and is done once and you are head lice free.
#3 – No Repeat Application is Necessary
Over the counter treatments explain right on the label that the product needs to be applied once, reapplied again 7-9 days later, and yet applied a third time 7-9 days after that to ensure all newly hatched eggs are killed as well. The AirAllé® Treatment guarantees that you will not need another treatment. Our method is over 99.9% effective at eliminating head lice and requires only the one sitting. Who wants to spend their time worrying about head lice weeks at a time? Not with the AirAllé® Treatment. We can get you in, out and on with life.
#4 – “Super Lice” Are Not So Super Compared to the AirAllé® Treatment
Reports have been sweeping the country of super lice that show immunities to the active ingredient, pyrethrum, in over the counter head lice shampoos. In fact, in over 48 states there have been cases of super lice reported that prove to be unaffected by over the counter treatments that used to work. This may be because overuse of the products for years have caused head lice to develop a tolerance for it. The AirAllé® Treatment is completely effective against all types of head lice. Super lice are no match for the dehydration power of the AirAllé® device. This is clearly a better option than dealing with the headache of weeks of shampoos that won’t work anyway.
#5 – Head Lice AND Eggs are both killed by the AirAllé® Treatment
What a lot of parents are discovering is that super lice or not, shampoos and powders do not kill the lice eggs, or nits present on the head. The AirAllé® device uses a motion of hot air to dehydrate head lice AND their eggs in a single, 60-90 minute application. This process is virtually painless, over 99.9% effective at killing both eggs and nits and leaves parents feeling instant relief from a head lice outbreak. Otherwise, over the counter products need three separate applications to kill any new nits that have hatched since the last application. The AirAllé® Treatment just makes sense for the sake of your child, your pocketbook, and your own sanity.
Contact Lice Clinics of America today with any questions or concerns you may have about your head lice problem. We have helped hundreds of thousands of people eliminate head lice from their homes.
As parent’s deal with a case of head lice, a hundred different questions can come racing through their mind. One of the most common questions we get asked is, “Do head lice bite?”
Yes, head lice do bite.
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. Obviously, this is assuming the problem is realized and taken care of fairly quickly. Infestations left untreated can be drastically worse as female lice lay up to 6 eggs per day. Lice eggs hatch every 7 days. You can see that head lice is a problem that can go from bad to worse in just a few short weeks.
How Do Head Lice Bite?
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.
Do Nits Bite, too?
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.
What Causes 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.
Your Professional Source for Treatment of Head Lice
Head lice are not something to take lightly. They are highly contagious especially to those living within a household and can multiply quickly. The professional staff at Lice Clinics of America have eliminated head lice for thousands of patients. We can help you accurately diagnose the problem, offer the most effective and safe treatments, and give you the assurance that our procedure is guaranteed to work. In fact, the process we use is the only FDA cleared lice treatment device that is proven over 99% effective. Call our clinic today to speak with a trusted staff member about your concerns.
Ever wonder what life is actually like for a louse?
Lice live only 30 days from the nit stage to adulthood. Though their lifespan may not be very long, they can certainly wreak havoc without any problem. Understanding the life cycle of head lice can help you in determining which treatment will be most effective.
Life Cycle of Lice:
Eggs – Male lice seek copulation with adult females. They begin reproducing within the first ten hours of reaching adulthood. Nits, or lice eggs, are very difficult to see with the naked eye. They are approximately 0.8 mm by 0.3 mm in size, oval in shape and yellowish white in color. They are often confused with dandruff or flakes from hair products. Eggs must be laid very close to the scalp in order for them to receive enough moisture and heat to survive. Once laid, a nit takes 7 to 9 days to hatch.
Nymphs – Once an egg hatches, a nymph emerges. The eggshell casing becomes darker in color and will continue to stick to the hair strand. In fact, these empty eggs can take 6 months or longer to disintegrate. If you find this casing ¼ of an inch from the scalp it is a clear indication that you have a head lice problem. The infant stage of a louse only lasts about a week. They will molt three separate times as their body grows to an adult louse.
Adult Louse – Once fully grown, a louse will measure about 2.5–3 mm long. Generally about the size of a sesame seed. They are dark brown or yellowish gray in color, often interestingly enough, depending on the hair color of their host. This is because their bodies are actually more transparent in color. As they drink blood, they also turn more reddish in color. They do not have wings and crawl about to feed on the scalp. They crawl by using claws that are attached to each of their 6 legs. Adult lice must feed multiple times per day on human blood to stay alive. If they fall off of a host and do not have blood supply for more than 1-2 days they will die. A female louse is actually a little larger than the males. Lice live only 30 days from nit stage to adulthood.
Did You Know?
Several factors play a role in who catches head lice. The CDC indicates that children between the ages of 3 to 11 are most likely to become infested with head lice.
It is estimated that between 6 and 12 million young children will catch a case of head lice in the United States each year.
The more children living within a family the more likely they are to spread it within a household. Children who share beds or closets are also more prone to head lice.
Little girls are four times as likely to become infested with head lice because they wear their hair long and often free-flowing.
African American children have the lowest risk of catching lice as their hair is not as easily grasped by the claw of a louse due to its shape and width.
For years it has been believed that rats were the main cause of the rapid spreading of the virus known as Yersinia pestis during the Black Plague Pandemic that would take millions of lives through the course of history in medieval Europe and Asia. Not until recently have scientists began to question this. One reason for the new intrigue is the realization that during these time frames there is no evidence of mass amounts of rats or rodents dying as well as humans. In addition, scientists are questioning the mass, rapid spread of the virus and the evidence of rats ability at creating such hysteria proves to fall short. In other words, it seems to have moved to quickly and wiped out too many people for it to have been only a rat problem.
Lice and fleas are now the topic of research.
Lice and fleas are human parasites, meaning they live, feed and breed off of human life. The massive pandemic of the Black Plague that swept through Europe killed presumably up to half the population. Spreading of an illness that quickly and devastatingly could have been the work of such parasites, especially considering the close quarters and unsanitary living conditions of the times.
The outbreaks occurred from the 1300’s to the early 1800’s, during a time when sewage, sanitation and personal hygiene were often not conducive to health and happiness. Families that lived in such close proximity with each other, friends, neighbors and other members of their flea and lice infested communities could reasonably, and very recklessly pass on parasitic carriers of the virus unknowingly.
What was the Black Death Plague?
An infected louse or flea could bite a person, spreading the illness into their bloodstream where it collected in the lymph nodes and symptoms started to fester. Under the armpits and groin areas were the usual places where lymph nodes would swell, sometimes reaching the size of a baseball or large apple. Fevers, chills, nausea, headache and delusions were all symptoms of the Black Plague. However, the term was coined by the large, swollen sores that would appear black under the skin and ooze painful black pus. At times there were people that caught the illness so quickly they would go to bed seemingly healthy, wake up at night with the fever, and not make it to the morning. Others with symptoms would live up to five days and die a painful, slower death. However, the mortality rate was devastating to populations during that time. At times killing up to two thirds of the known population. Whole cities and towns were wiped out by the illness and those who had not yet caught it would flee the area in hopes of preventing the devastation upon their own families. There were scarcely enough able bodied people to help bury the dead, care for the animal herds and fields, and try to tend to the sick. Archaeologists report that up to 200 bodies were buried in one grave at times.
Why do researchers care how the Black Plague was spread?
Although our health care understanding and hygiene practices have come a long way, believe it or not plagues are still existent in parts of the world. Madagascar suffered an outbreak just last October where over 50 people were killed and some 700 were hospitalized. World health organizations stepped in to stop the breakout, yet in third world countries these types of bacteria are still present and pose a risk. The plagues changed the course of history for all mankind, wiping out millions of the populations, and destroying countries. It is important to understand how it came about and why it was so rampant for the sake of future prosperity.