The only thing worse than knowing your kid has head lice is worrying about telling other parents the truth to be sure their kids are not infected as well. Our advice, grit your teeth and get it done! Parents of your children’s friends and teammates will most often be more supportive than anything. Chances are, you are not the only family in your circle of friends, classmates or teammates that are dealing with head lice.
Should I Break the Head Lice News to Other Parents?
Think about what you would prefer someone to do if the roles were reversed? If a child in your circle of friends was dealing with a head lice infection, wouldn’t you want to be privy to that information? This is not about who is better, cleaner, or more socially accepted than others. This is about the health and safety of our families. Of course, we should always keep our kids in mind and make sure to do this in a kind, non-threatening way so that they are not taunted or bullied. Keeping it as tight-lipped as possible is important, we are not saying information like this should be posted on social media or broadcast to the entire school, necessarily.
Head Lice Is Significantly Easier To Stop Early On
The best thing you can do – don’t hesitate! Come up with a script or a few ideas on what you can say to break up any possible tension, and go for it. Head lice can take up to four weeks to manifest symptoms. That means that children who are frequently together at classes, team meetings, playgroups, or even just as friends have a higher chance of passing on head lice to those friends without even knowing they have head lice. The sooner you let other parents know of your situation, the more easily they will be able to cure head lice in their child. Who knows? Maybe your child caught it from theirs, and they were too embarrassed to tell anyone. Communication is essential to stopping head lice in your area.
Head Lice Does Not Make You Dirty or Gross
The truth is actually just the opposite. Head lice are more drawn to clean hair because they are more easily able to grasp the strands. Head lice is the second most common communicable disease in elementary school-age children. This is a common problem that can affect anyone. Any mature, caring adult can understand that.
Be Empowered With Information
Before you venture into the conversation with other parents, arm yourself with the facts about head lice. Lice Clinics of America has valuable information on our website available to you so that you understand exactly what you are dealing with and the best ways to prevent and cure it. Share this information with other parents and save them the headache and stress of not knowing!
Send a Letter, Email or Group Message Anonymously Through the Teacher, Leader, or Coach
Some parents may not feel comfortable speaking to other parents. Whether that is the case or you just don’t have the time, a common trend is for letters to be sent out through email or with coaches/teachers of groups. This way the parents/child dealing with head lice can still be left anonymous if they choose, and everyone is equally informed of the information they need to prevent lice in their homes.
Call Lice Clinics of America today, where we can answer any questions you may have, help keep you informed and offer the support you need during this stressful situation.
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 America:
-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!
We can get you in quickly, and help you eliminate head lice FAST – even on the same day! Our FDA cleared, AirAllé®head lice removal technology allows us to kill all head lice and their eggs in a single 90-minute session. This involves a comfortable application of dry air that desiccates head lice and their nits.
Guaranteed head lice free in 90 minutes?! Parents are LOVING that option!
-Three Convenient Locations
You will find our Lice Clinics of America 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 America 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 happens 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!
Lice Clinics of America Texas guarantees our full-service AirAllé® treatment! 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!
Many parents automatically think that because the weather turns colder, head lice die off. What happens to head lice during the winter? Is head lice still a problem I should be worried about?
What You Need to Know About Head Lice and Winter
Head Lice Do Not Die-Off
Head lice are still active and spreading throughout the winter months. Why do head lice stick around when the weather is colder when other insects don’t? Lice are human parasites. As long as the humans they inhabit are warm they are happy! Head lice need a host to provide shelter, warmth, humidity and food supply. Most people spend their time indoors and therefore lice are not left out in the elements to die. Their human host keeps them alive and well.
Cold Weather Doesn’t Change How Head Lice Spread
Summer camp, back to school, and spring break are all major times we see a spike in the spread of head lice. Without a doubt winter breaks fall in the same category. Children may not be outside on playgrounds or sharing swimming towels, but they are spending time with family or friends in closer confined areas doing various activities through the winter months indoors. Spreading of head lice can happen just as easily as other times.
What Should I Know To Prevent Spreading of Head Lice This Winter?
Knowing some of the biggest risks is a great way to avoid head lice. Vacations spent at cousin’s houses or visiting overnight with friends are a common risk. Make sure to pack your own pillows, blankets, and towels to help prevent spreading infection. Also, wash bedding as soon as your little one returns home to be extra cautious.
Winter Clothing and School Gear Should Not Be Shared
Hats, gloves, scarves, hoodies and beanies are all a source for spreading lice or nits during the winter. Have you ever walked into your child’s ballet or parkour class and seen a huge pile of shoes, socks, sweaters, and hoodies on the floor? Kids don’t think about keeping their belongings away from other items that could have head lice. Teach them to hang up their stuff and keep it away from the pile-up of potentially head lice-infested clothing of their teammates. Sharing winter gear as you enjoy the outside sports is also not recommended. Wash gear or place in warm dryer for 20 minutes to kill any head lice or nits that could be transferred to your child.
Contact Lice Clinics of America with any further questions, concerns or advice aboutwinter cases of head lice! We are your trusted source for prevention, elimination and all things head lice!
Parents are often diligent about teaching children not to share brushes or combs to prevent head lice. Most kids even know that sharing hats, hoodies or helmets is not a good idea. Yet, have you ever stopped to think about all the other ways head lice could easily be passed from one person to the next?
Although children are much more likely to contract head lice, anyone of any age is at risk if they come into contact with a louse or nit. Head lice do not fly or jump. They crawl from hair strand to hair strand. If a person infected with head lice is inhabiting a seat long enough, it is highly probable that a louse or two could have found its way onto the seat cushions, just waiting for a new human host.
Here are a few places you might want to think twice about the next time you visit them.
Even if you are traveling to a short destination, flight times can be plenty of time for head lice to make their way onto seatbacks. Have you ever asked for a pillow or blanket on a particularly long flight? So have hundreds of other people who could potentially have had head lice. Flight crews are required to lightly clean planes between flights. But, airlines admit, deep cleaning of planes does not happen daily or even often. In fact, they get deep cleaned a lot less often than you would think, usually about every 100 days depending on the airline. If an airline has up to five flights per day on a plane, think of all those passengers coming and going from a single seat. It’s enough to make you start scratching your head.
Head lice are most commonly passed on through direct head to head contact. The second most common way they are transferred is through items that head lice are lingering on. For example, if a person with head lice is sitting in a movie theater recliner for the duration of a movie, it is likely that an adult louse would find it’s way onto the seat cushion. That could mean that the next person to sit in that chair would be easily accessible to provide the louse a new host. Without a human host, lice will die within 24 hours. They are always looking for the warmth and sustenance that humans provide.
Before you grab your popcorn and soda, you might consider wiping down the seat headrest as a precaution. At the very least, don’t be gullible enough to think you could never catch head lice.
Gym Class and Locker Rooms
Not all people think to look for head lice at the gym. Yet, people bring personal items, use towels and leave items laying around all over locker rooms and gym floors. Do you share a locker with a friend at your gym? Do you make sure to use a clean towel at every workout? Have you ever thought to deep clean your gym bag or equipment? Head lice are definitely something that can be passed on from your encounters at the gym. Take notice next time, and steer clear of possible head lice risks.
Many experts agree that direct head to head contact is much riskier than these types of scenarios. However, they do happen, and people do contract head lice from places that head lice have fallen off onto or crawled onto. Check yourself for head lice and ensure that your household stays head lice free.
Don’t know what to look for? Contact Lice Clinics of America for a head screening. We can show you how to look for head lice and give you advice on treatment options.
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 America 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 America is Your BEST resource
Never before have generations of parents had Lice Clinics of America at their disposal when dealing with head lice in their family. We not only offer the most up to date FDA approved treatments, but 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!
Call Lice Clinics of America today to speak with a staff member about your individual situation. We offer in-clinic treatments, effective at-home solutions and preventative methods to keep your home head lice free.
Head lice are a nuisance. A problem that many families across the world deal with. In fact, it is such a common problem that most people will deal with head lice at least once in their lifetime. If you know what head lice are, how they live and how to identify them you can much more easily recognize when a case of head lice hits your home. Nits or eggs are where the problem begins. These fast facts will help you win the battle against head lice!
Fact #1 – Head lice lay eggs, called nits, very close to the scalp. Usually 6 mm within the actual scalp of their host.
Fact #2 – The nit is glued onto a single hair strand with a secretion from the female that makes it much more difficult to remove than a piece of dandruff. It is literally cemented onto the hair strand for protection.
Fact #3 – Nits need the warmth of a human host to survive. If they are knocked off or removed they will die and wither away within 24 hours if a new host is not found.
Facts #4 – Nits are extremely small, making them difficult to see. They are .8 mm by.3 mm in size, oval and colored a yellowish-white, making them almost transparent.
Fact #5 – Because of their transparent color, nits are often seen as the color of the hair of the person they infect. This can make them even more camouflaged and difficult to identify.
Fact #6 – Nits take close to a week to hatch. Anywhere from 6 to 9 days on average.
Fact #7 – Once an egg has hatched, the shell of that egg remains connected to the hair strand, often appearing more white in color as it is now just an empty casing.
Fact #8 – Nits need to be peeled off of the hair strand, and will not simply flake off, as would a piece of dried dandruff or excess hairspray.
Fact #9 – A single female louse can lay up to 8 nits per day. This means that within a week just one adult female can invade a scalp with close to 60 nits. The average case of head lice is not identified until close to 20 adult lice are present. That is a lot of eggs being laid per day.
Fact #10 – Most commonly head lice are passed through direct head to head contact. However, passing a nit from one person to another is possible through sharing combs, brushes, hats, towels, or any other items that could potentially be a carrier.
Still have questions or concerns? Lice Clinics of America Texas is your BEST source for all things head lice. We are your local source for prevention, elimination, and helpful advice during your head lice outbreak. Call our knowledgeable staff today to find some answers.
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 America 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.
Contact Lice Clinics of America
Any of our local clinics are here to assist you through this stressful time. We can help you perform a head lice scalp check. We can offer the top of the line preventative treatments and options for your family. We are also here to answer any questions you may have about head lice treatment or head lice in our area. Please call Lice Clinics of America today!
Head lice outbreaks are something every family hopes they won’t have to deal with as they raise their families. Yet, it is a common childhood problem that seems to actually be getting worse. In the United States alone, up to 12 million children between the ages of 3-11 will become infected with head lice during 2019. Not to mention the spike in head lice outbreaks that have been reported across the country at over 30% in tweens and teens as head lice hit middle schools, Jr. Highs and High Schools at a much higher rate than previous years.
Why the sudden rise in head lice outbreaks?
Super lice are head lice that have developed an immunity to over the counter head lice products like powders, shampoos or sprays. These products contain an ingredient calledpyrethrin, pesticides found naturally in some chrysanthemum flowers. They are a mixture of six chemicals that are toxic to insects: pyrethrin I, pyrethrin II, cinerin I, cinerin II, jasmolin I, and jasmolin II. Pyrethrins are also often used to control mosquitoes, fleas, flies, moths, ants, and many insects that annoy humans.
For many years health care providers, parents, and caregivers have misused, overused or abused products that contain pyrethrin. By applying the products more often than necessary, or more abundantly than necessary the head lice have actually become immune to pyrethrin. This immunity is the reason the nation has nicknamed them super lice- they seem impossible to get rid of.
Why are teens and tweens more at risk than ever before?
Teens and tweens are seeing the effects of this for a number of reasons. If a teenager has a younger sibling they are much more likely to catch head lice at any time because of the direct head to head contact with a child who is infected in their own home. As more and more younger children are catching super lice, their older siblings are at much more of a risk as well. That fact doesn’t stop with teens! Adults and seniors who live with small children are also susceptible.
As their older age group becomes more and more tech-savvy they are also passing along more and more head lice. Everywhere you look you see young people with smart devices, phones, laptops or any number of electronic communication devices. Headphones, small shared screens, and selfies are all to blame for more direct head to head contact with other teens. More contact obviously means more chances for head lice infections.
Super lice are much more difficult to eliminate. But not impossible!
Super lice are posing a huge problem for millions of parents across the nation. After weeks and sometimes months of trying home remedies, over the counter shampoos, or natural products, parents are literally scratching their heads over what to do that will actually work! Pyrethrins are not working effectively, the head lice are not being killed. The lice eggs, or nits, are continuing to hatch and create a whole new batch of head lice every life cycle. What is a parent to do? How can we combat these super lice? Call Lice Clinics of America, as soon as possible.
Our expert staff is trained to solve your head lice problem today! We offer the latest FDA approved, super lice eliminating treatments that will have you lice free and worry-free in a little over an hour. Do not deal with super lice alone. We are your source for head lice removal, prevention and clean up. Call us now!
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 America, 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 most easily eliminated using the newest FDA approved AirAllé®(pronounced air-a-lay) heat technology. One short visit to the Lice Clinics of America will have you on your way to being lice free. We also sell over the counter products that can be effective and used in your home that do not pose health risks from harsh chemicals. Depending on your budget and time needs, our trained personnel will walk you through the best options for your specific situation.
This holiday season many parents can appreciate the value of a head-lice free Christmas. With families coming together to spend quality time, make your list for head lice prevention tips, and make sure to check it twice!
During your holiday season especially it is wise to heed the following warnings! These tips will help keep your family and friends protected from catching or spreading head lice.
Tip #1 – Take your children to Lice Clinics of America for a head lice check.
We offer in-clinic head lice screenings that can give you the peace of mind that your child is head lice free. After months of school, sports, extracurriculars and spending time with friends, it is always a good idea to ensure your family is free of head lice before heading off to Grandma’s or the cousin’s house for the holidays. We will show you what to watch for in a head lice infestation, and provide you with the proper tools to continue checking for yourself at home.
Why is this important? Did you know that head lice symptoms usually take over three weeks to manifest? That means catching the problem early on is key to stopping it quickly!
Tip #2 – Talk to your kids about sharing.
Obviously, at Christmas, we want to promote love, kindness, and charity. Although, sharing when it comes to head lice is something kids need to understand is not a good idea. Talk to them about not using the same pillows, blankets, hats, helmets, beanies or ear muffs as cousins or friends. Even your teens with their headphones can pass on lice unexpectedly. Just giving them that quick reminder that hairbrushes, towels, hair accessories, or hats should be left for individual use can go a long way in preventing head lice.
Why is this important? Head lice affect up to 12 million children every year in the United States. Head lice outbreaks are becoming harder and harder to control as lice are showing strong immunities to over the counter lice shampoos. The number one way head lice are passed on is direct head to head contact, and the number two way is through sharing object head lice or nits are hiding on.
Tip #3 – It’s always a good idea to come prepared!
Every couple of days use a nitpicking comb to sift through your child’s hair, watching for signs and symptoms of head lice or nits. Look for white eggs close to the scalp, or red rashes and bumps that could be a clue head lice are present. Stop by our clinic and talk to us about preventative shampoos and treatments that can be purchased. It’s never a bad idea to be cautious and ready to hit head lice hard if you think your child is infected.
Call Lice Clinics of America this holiday season. We can help keep your spirits merry, bright and free from head lice!