Head lice are human parasites that feed on small amounts of blood from a human host. Lice have six small legs with claws on the tip that make them experts at attaching to hair strands and making their way around a head of hair.
Although it is always possible to catch head lice, even in the winter months, head lice do seem to spike during the warmest months of the year. But why? Most likely because children are spending more close time together. Summer camps, family trips, sports camps or any other activities that bring kids together can mean more head lice outbreaks.
Head lice also thrive in human climates. They prefer moist, damp environments which are usually around the base of the head where the neck meets the hairline. Summertime sweating can create a welcoming environment for head lice on anyone’s scalp.
Searches for head lice or head lice treatment are up about 25% in the summer months versus winter months. For this reason, it’s always a good idea, no matter what the weather is doing, to remember what to watch for!
-Talk to summer camps or sports camps about how they are dealing with possible head lice infestations. Often time, no one even thinks of the possibility before hosting a camp. Contact the counselor in charge and suggest possible head lice checks in the camp that could do a lot to prevent spreading. Lice Clinics of America offers head lice checks for local camps.
-Talk to your kids about not sharing pillows, blankets, hats, hairbrushes, or any other items with cousins, friends, or teammates that could give them head lice. The average person who has head lice has 10-15 adult lice on their scalp. Female head lice lay about 10 eggs per day. You can see how quickly the problem can escalate! Nits are often transferred from person to person from these personal items. When in doubt, machine wash items in hot water to ensure all nits or head lice are removed. Thoroughly vacuum and disinfect items or carpets as well to remove traces of nits or head lice.
-Make sure your children are protected by nitpicking through their hair and watching for signs of head lice. This means running a comb through their hair strands and watching for nits, rashes, or bite marks. The fecal matter from head lice can cause allergic reactions on the scalp. The rashes and irritation you are seeing is a result of that and the saliva from bite marks, as well.
-Stay vigilant as a parent. Some kids have trouble sleeping due to itchy scalp or the sensation of head lice crawling during the night, as they are more active during the night. Others might just start scratching incessantly. Sometimes it’s hard to catch head lice before it becomes a big problem. Keep a watchful eye for early signs.
-Contact Lice Clinics of America if you have any questions or concerns about head lice. We offer head lice checks to show you what symptoms to look for and how to nitpick properly. We also offer the latest, most effective head lice removal treatments available on the market.
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.
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.
Anyone anywhere will cringe when they hear the words head lice. This common problem causes stress and anxiety for parents and children involved. Head lice are a major concern for parents of young children who attend public schools, daycares, church youth programs or just about anywhere else where there are groups of kids. And they should be!
Every year up to 12 million children in the United States alone will contract head lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As a parent or guardian, you may be wondering what is the biggest cause of head lice? How can I prevent it?
Biggest Cause of Head Lice Spread
You guessed it, groups of children are usually the main source for head lice outbreaks. If your child has head lice, they likely got it from direct head to head contact with another child. Children between the ages of 3-12 are more prone to head lice infestations. With that being said, we are seeing more and more cases of teenage head lice with the new super lice dilemma that is sweeping the nation. Some blame this on the selfie or sharing of small electronic devices. Others think that super lice are just harder to kill and therefore affecting more people.
The main way adults or teens catch head lice is from a smaller child who lives in the same home. Parents, grandparents, or teens who live with children are much more likely to catch head lice than other adults.
How Can I Prevent Head Lice?
Children need to be screened for head lice often. Lice Clinics of America is a great source for head lice screenings. We can show you what signs are prevalent with a head lice outbreak. We have the proper nitpicking tools to teach you how to dig through the scalp and identify head lice or remove it.
Checking often, being aware of symptoms and signs of head lice, and talking to your children about not sharing hairbrushes, hats, coats, or accessories that could have head lice are all good places to start in the battle of prevention.
We also provide head lice screenings in our clinic for the whole family. Some people erroneously believe that if their child has head lice, as long as they are treated the problem is gone. Not true. Most often adults catch head lice from their own children. Be sure to have everyone in your home screened before assuming your head lice problem is gone.
Can’t I Just Wash My Child’s Hair?
Many people think that head lice only prefer dirty or clean hair. Neither is true. In fact, head lice have shown no distinct preference in several tests. Anyone with hair, regardless of hygiene, is at risk for head lice.
Head lice are also able to hold their breath for 6-8 hours. For this reason, simply washing hair does not kill them. They are also equipped to grip onto hair strands with claws that are attached to the bottom of their legs. This prevents them from simply being washed away during shampooing.
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We will do you one better! If you and your family are fighting off head lice, team up with the Avengers! The Avengers of Head Lice, that is. Lice Clinics of America can offer you the support and answers you seek. We can fight with you every step of the way in your battle against head lice!
At Lice Clinics of America throughout Houston, Austin and many areas of Texas we offer the best head lice removal care around.
Here’s what you can expect when you choose Lice Clinics of America to destroy your head lice problem:
-Head lice screenings are a thorough way for us to evaluate if you or someone in your household has head lice and just how bad the problem is. With part of the head lice check you will receive a lice comb that you get to take with you when you leave. The lice comb can help you perform your own checks from that point on, ensuring that the problem has not returned. We will show you what to look for and help you pinpoint the problem.
-If there is evidence of an outbreak, we can take of it right away! We offer a one-time treatment that will seriously eliminate your head lice problem quickly. This process uses a dehydration method to desiccate the head lice and their eggs in a 90-minute treatment. This process has been proven to be over 99% effective. This chemical free approach can keep your mind at ease that no harmful substances are risking your families safety. Plus, we guarantee that process for work for up to 6 full weeks.
-Did you know that head lice spread quickly throughout a household? If you are living with a child between the ages of 3-10 they are much more likely to bring head lice home than any other age group. With that in mind, if your child does have head lice, any other family members that come into direct contact with the child are much more likely to contract head lice themselves! Screen the entire family for head lice at Lice Clinics of America to be sure the problem has not spread.
-New “super lice” are hitting the school scenes rapidly this year. These lice show strong immunities to over the counter products that have been used for over 30 plus years in the United States. With the help of our new, innovative approach to head lice, even “super lice” do not stand a chance at survival. Why waste your time and money on over the counter products that simply will no longer work? Call Lice Clinics of America today and be your families favorite hero!
Lice Clinics of America are the experts at educating, treating, diagnosing and preventing head lice! We get questions all the time about what other types of lice there are and who is at risk for catching them. Essentially there are three types of lice that affect a human body.
Head Lice are the most common and well-known type of human lice. Children between the ages of 3-10 are the most at risk for contracting head lice. It is passed through direct head to head contact most commonly, but can also be passed on by sharing clothing or items that are contaminated with head lice or their eggs. Most people will have to deal with head lice at some point in their life. It is so common that up to 12 million people will report having head lice in the United States each year. Head lice are not particularly drawn to clear or dirty hair. They love any human head that can provide them with shelter, warmth and a food source. With that in mind, it is completely false that people who catch head lice are dirty or unkempt. Head lice can and does happen to everyone! It’s just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Body Lice are another form of human lice that live on the body. Most often they can be found near armpits, by the waist, groin, shoulders, or neck area. This is because they actually live within the fabrics of clothing and bedding and so they like places where it rests against human skin. Unlike head lice, body lice are most often only found in unhygienic conditions. Places where people are unable to get the basic care or everyday conveniences of hot water, soap or laundry facilities such as refugee camps, sites of natural disasters, or homeless shelters. Body lice also spread disease, unlike head lice. Their bites can transfer diseases and cause infections if not properly treated.
Pubic Lice are a tiny human parasite that most often spread through sexual contact with an infected person. Although most often found in pubic hair, they can be found in other areas of the body such as mustaches, beards, armpits, chest hair, or even eyebrows. Pubic lice are totally treatable and need to be taken care of immediately if symptoms are present.
Lice Clinics of America is your source for all things head lice! We can help you identify if you have lice. We can show you the best treatment options. We will be here to help you make sure your head lice problem is gone for good!
If you are dealing with body lice or pubic lice, please contact a medical health care professional who can help you with these types of lice. Seek help immediately! The sooner you diagnose and eliminate the problem, the better.
Is your child showing symptoms of head lice? Are you feeling overwhelmed about what this could mean? Feelings of confusion, worry, and plain panic might start to set in!
Here’s a quick lifeline for parents of head lice sufferers: Learn whatever you can about head lice. This a great place to start recovery.
Remind Me, What are Head Lice?
Head lice are a human parasite that feeds off of blood several times a day. They survive from the warmth of the scalp as well. They are the size of a small sesame seed and lay eggs all over the scalp.
Let’s look at what the experts say. The Centers for Disease Control lets us know that up to 12 million children between the ages of 3-10 will acquire head lice in the United States this year. That’s a lot of children! No wonder this is a common problem.
Here is what the CDC says about what parents should understand, “Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.”
Can Head Lice Make My Child Sick?
Although the thought of blood-sucking parasites is extremely gross, rest assured that they do not transfer harmful diseases. The biggest worry you have is the stress, anxiety, and trouble they will cause to get rid of. They are also highly contagious. Make sure that you start resolving the problem ASAP to prevent a further outbreak in your home or community.
Itching, painful irritation, and open sores on the head are all effects of a head lice outbreak. Sleeplessness can occur as they are more nocturnal and can leave your head feeling tingly and itchy at night as you are trying to rest. If your child is showing signs of infection on their scalp from open scabs or excessive itching they could possibly also need medication from a doctor.
Most often, the worst thing that head lice inflict is stress and worry as you fight to get rid of them.
Here Are a Few Tips to Remember for Recovery
-Newly developed “super lice” show strong immunities to over the counter products. The result has been a greatly increased number in head lice outbreaks throughout the United States.
-Parents are learning the hard way that natural remedies and store-bought shampoos simply will not work any longer. Don’t be caught in an endless cycle of head lice!
-Lice Clinics of America offer a new revolutionary technique for destroying head lice. Our office is equipped to deliver results quickly and effectively in as little as one hour with the new AirAllé® treatment.
–Many parents testify that after weeks or months of attempting to remove head lice with nitpicking combs, over the counter shampoos, or natural remedies they have turned to Lice Clinics of America, extremely confused and at their wit’s end. Following the advice of our knowledgeable staff, they have eliminated the problem once and for all!
-Call our staff today at Lice Clinics of America to learn more!
Every parent knows that feeling. The moment you feel like if one more thing is added to your plate you might just crumble. When your children are hit with head lice, staying calm can be a huge obstacle. We know that sometimes you might just want to curl up in a ball and cry!
Not only do you have the daily pressures of parenthood, but now you have to deal with a nasty case of head lice as well!
Studies show us that parents who take time to care for themselves are better equipped to care for their families. Even with every day, basic tasks life can be overwhelming. If you mix in difficult challenges like sickness, or head lice, things can get hard, fast.
A recent article from The Washington Posts suggests, “Maintaining the basic day-to-day with no extraordinary circumstances, keeping all those balls in the air, is a really demanding endeavor, and it leaves very little time for moms to be able to have fun, relax, rest and have downtime,” says Aimee Danielson, director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in the District.
We get it. Head lice are hard. We know what to do to bring relief to you and your kids. The best thing you can do to tackle this head lice headache is to call the Lice Clinics of America. Our clinic and staff are here to help you through this with the most effective and affordable head lice treatments out there.
But, if you are having one of those “overload” days here are a few friendly tips to help you handle the head lice drama.
Healthy Ways to Relax:
Have a mommy or daddy timeout. Take a few minutes for yourself in a quiet room or even a closet. Sometimes you just need a quiet moment.
Ask for help. Call a trusted friend or sister/brother and ask them to take your kids for an hour or two while you do something you enjoy.
Exercise. Yoga, running, cycling, step, pilates or even just a simple walk can do wonders for the soul. Make time for your physical health.
Keep a daily journal. Just a line or two is enough. Write one thing that happened that made you laugh. Or simply one thing that you were blessed with that day.
Pray or meditate. No matter what your beliefs, taking time to ponder or pray is emotionally and mentally healthy. Clear your mind and make a game plan.
Prepare for the day. Every night before you go to sleep list your top priorities for the next day. Even if you can only have time for one or two things to get done, make sure you are doing what matters most.
Just breathe. Taking deep breaths and holding them in, slowly released helps calm your mind and soul.
Get a massage, or take a hot bubble bath.
Go on a date with your spouse/partner. Hire a baby sitter if you have to.
Put your children to bed early and have some YOU time. Better yet, go to bed early yourself!
Take time to enjoy your children. Stop what you are doing and read a story, play a game, or go play at the park. Remember the joys of parenthood, not just the hard times.
Go on a spontaneous family trip, camping, to the movies or hike. Just get away for a few hours or days!
Remember, you are not alone. Every parent has days when they feel overwhelmed and unqualified. Do your best and the rest will work out.
Yes! It may be hard to believe, but even babies are at risk for head lice. Anyone with hair on their head is susceptible to infection, especially if there are others in your home who are carriers.
The Centers for Disease Control related to us that children between the ages of 3 to 12 are most likely to catch head lice. This is generally because they spend so much time around other children in settings where lice can be easily transferred. Such as daycare, school, camps, play dates, etc. If an older child is a carrier for head lice, it can easily be transferred to an infant at home.
We love to snuggle, hold and love up on little babies. If your child unknowingly has head lice and is in contact with your baby they are at risk for head lice. Anyone, at any age that has a head full of hair, is capable of contracting head lice. If your baby has head lice we’ve got some helpful tips for you.
Are you worried your baby has head lice? Here’s what we suggest you do:
Look through your babies hair and make sure that they are showing symptoms or signs of head lice. This includes small, brown head lice that are about the size of a sesame seed. Bites from head lice will cause red, irritated bumps around the scalp. Particularly in areas behind the ears, at the base of the neck and the crown of the head. If head lice are present you will also notice rashes or irritations from their fecal matter and saliva that can irritate the skin and cause swelling. Nits or lice eggs will also be present. These are yellow or white in color, shaped like an oval and secreted onto single strands of hair near the base of the scalp. They will be difficult to remove, unlike dandruff or flaky skin.
Check all members of your household for head lice or signs of nits. Anyone could be a carrier.
Thoroughly clean your home, especially bedding, towels, furniture and clothing that could have lice or traces of head lice. Place items in the washing machine and dryer on a high setting for 20 minutes. Vacuum all furniture or areas that could be infected.
Make sure NOT to use any chemical treatments, or over the counter products that could cause a reaction or negatively impact your infant. These are not safe and not recommended by pediatricians.
We recommend only using non-medicated treatments for your infant if they do indeed have lice. Contact Lice Clinics of America today at your local branch to talk through the best possible options for your baby. We are here to help you!
Treatment at Home for Your Baby
Step 1- Lay your baby down in a comfortable position on top of a towel.
Step 2 – Wet down your babies hair with warm water. Keep a bowl of warm water close.
Step 3- Apply a small amount of hair conditioner to your babies hair to help make it easily manageable.
Step 4 – Comb through the babies hair in sections looking for head lice and nits. Use a fine-tooth comb or a nitpicking comb that will capture the head lice or nits as you brush up through the hair. With each section you comb through, dip the comb into the bowl of water to wash away any head lice or nits you picked up.
Step 5 – Continue working through their hair until you no longer notice any lice or nits. This process might take several attempts.
Step 6 – Rinse their hair clean and dry.
Step 7 – Continue to watch out for any signs of head lice. Sometimes it can be very difficult to remove every nit or louse on the scalp. Repeat the steps as necessary.
When you find your family has been hit with head lice you might ask yourself one simple question. What came first, the head lice or the egg? The answer is pretty simple. The louse. To fully get a grasp on what is happening you need to understand the life cycle of head lice.
Three Stages of Head Lice
Nit – the egg
Nymph – the young, immature head lice
Louse – the fully mature head lice
The adult female louse is capable of laying about 6-10 eggs per days. Head lice need a warm, human host to live and thrive. They are always looking for a new head to call home. Head lice do not jump, hop or fly. They crawl using clawlike feet from hair strand to hair strand. They are incapable of crawling on flat surfaces. Consequently, they are most often contracted through direct head to head contact with someone else who is carrying head lice. Children between the ages of 6-14 are most often more at risk than adults. However, if a child in your home has head lice you are also highly likely to catch it.
Once a new human host is found, the female goes to work laying her eggs in the new, humid and ripe environment. An average louse lives for 30 days from nit stage to death. A nymph reaches adulthood after 8 days. Within 10 hours of adulthood, most females are already mating and laying eggs. For this reason, you can see how quickly one louse can turn into a whole scalp full of head lice.
Nitpicking Quick Tips
Females lay their eggs very near the scalp. Their body naturally produces a secretion that cements the eggs onto a single hair strand. This protects it from flaking off as a piece of skin or dandruff would. Nits are oval in shape and change from yellow to white in color after they hatch. Once an egg is laid it will generally hatch within 8-10 days.
Nits are virtually impossible to kill with over the counter shampoos. They need to be nitpicked off of the scalp to really prevent reinfection. Using a nitpicking comb, parents can sift through the child’s scalp and peel off the unhatched eggs to remove them. This process can be extremely tedious but is very important in getting rid of the problem.
Lice Clinics of America Makes Your Life Easier
Instead of incessantly picking through your child’s hair in hopes that you pull out every single nit, consider a better option. Lice Clinics of America offers a new, effective process that will dehydrate head lice AND their eggs in a single 90 minutes treatment. AirAllé® (pronounced air-a-lay) is an FDA-cleared medical device that kills head lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs. We offer you the BEST approaches to eliminating head lice quickly and ensure that our products will work. Don’t wait any longer! Come into our clinic today to end your head lice problem.