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
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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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 Americato 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 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.
Parents all over the country are learning the hard way that, YES! Head lice are an extremely common problem. In the event that your child contracts head lice, a million questions can run through your mind. How common is head lice? How did they get it? Who is at risk for catching it? Lice Clinics of America wants to help you through this challenge any way that we can.
Here is a list of information parents may not know when dealing with a case of head lice:
-Head lice are considered extremely common. The exact number of head lice cases cannot be known for sure, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 12 million children between the ages of 3 to 11 will contract head lice each year in the United States. That makes it a pretty common problem among elementary schools, daycares, church groups or anywhere that children dwell.
– Head lice are listed as one of the top three reasons children miss school. No-nit policies are changing across the country as schools begin to understand how head lice are transferred and the risks that nits actually pose. Check with your local district to make sure your child is not missing school unnecessarily.
–High Schools and Jr. Highs are reporting higher numbers of head lice outbreaks as well. Some experts think this could be because selfies are causing kids to come into closer proximity to one another more often. Others believe handheld electronic devices such as Ipads, cell phones or gaming devices are making kids spend more time sitting closely with their heads pressed together trying to view a small screen. Regardless, teens and preteens are showing more and more cases of head lice, so don’t think they are immune.
–Super lice are creating situations where parents do not know how to get rid of head lice. Over the counter treatments and home remedies are not working. This is causing the spreading of head lice to be more and more common as the problem is not alleviated in ways that it was in the past.
-Head lice are NOT considered dangerous but definitely considered an annoyance. They are not a public health risk.
-The most common way head lice are transferred is through direct head to head contact. Due to this fact, people living in the same household are also at risk of contracting head lice. Having every member of the family screened for head lice is a must in order to really tackle the problem.
–Pets do not carry head lice. Therefore, they do not have anything to do with the catching or spreading of head lice.
-Head lice will die after 48 hours if they lose their human host. Clean couches, bedding, clothing or anything that can be harboring head lice or nits to ensure they are not passed on.
–Back to school time, summer camp sessions, spring break vacations, and winter breaks are all times we see significant spikes in head lice outbreaks. Other scenarios also present a high risk for infection such as playing on a sports team, sleepovers, attending daycares, etc.
–Do NOT panic! Lice Clinics of America is your best source for solutions to your head lice problem. Call our clinic today to schedule a visit!
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.
While life is rushing by us sometimes the last thing we are thinking about is preventing bad things from happening. We might just be trying to survive today! However, did you know that parents who are informed about head lice and take steps to proactively protect their families are better off than those who do not? Of course, anyone can still bring home a case of head lice. But, parents who know are prepared to handle the situation calmly and effectively. Ultimately, they may even prevent it after all! Take a quick Head Lice Pop Quiz to see how prepared you are as a parent against head lice. Have fun and see how you favor against others!
Head Lice Pop Quiz for Parents
Question #1 – Why do head lice need a human host?
They don’t. Head lice can live on any number of animals, pets or even birds.
Head lice are exclusively a human parasite that lives off human blood and warmth to survive.
Head lice eat human hair and can survive without a human host as long as they have a food source, such as a hairbrush.
Question #2 – What time of the year do head lice outbreaks occur?
Head lice are active all times of the year, with more occurrences seen during spring break, summer breaks and back to school time.
Head lice are only active during the summer months when it is warmest.
Head lice are dormant all winter and come out for spring, summer, and fall.
Question #3 – What are super lice?
Head lice that have developed the ability to fly, making it much easier for them to infect many people.
Head lice that are able to hold their breath for up to 10 hours. This allows them to be unaffected by shampoos or water.
Head lice that have build up immunities to the active ingredient in over the counter shampoos.
Question #4 – What should you do to clean your home if someone has head lice?
Only worry about washing pillows that touch the head. Everything else is unaffected and not a threat.
Wash all bedding, sheets, towels, and stuffed animals. Deep clean carpets, furniture, and clothing. Place items that can’t be washed in the warm dryer for 20 minutes.
Take everything out of the child’s bedroom and sanitize it. Throw away bedding and clothing and replace with new.
Question #5 – Who is most likely to contract head lice?
Children between the ages of 3-11 are the most likely.
Adults who take the bus and/or fly frequently.
Elderly people are most likely to contract head lice because they don’t wash their hair very often.
How do you think you did? Here are the answers in case you are unsure:
Answer #1 – Head lice are exclusively a human parasite that lives off of human blood and warmth to survive. Pets play no role in head lice or the transfer of head lice.
Answer #2 – Head lice are active all times of the year, with more occurrences seen during spring break, summer breaks and back to school time. The cold winter months do not kill them.
Answer #3 – Super lice are head lice that have build up immunities to the active ingredients in over the counter shampoos, pyrethrins, and pyrethroids. This is found in common products that have been overused since the 1990s.
Answer #4 – Wash all bedding, sheets, towels, and stuffed animals. Deep clean carpets, furniture, and clothing. Place items that can’t be washed in the warm dryer for 20 minutes.
All over the country people are talking about head lice. Parents can seem worried or even distressed about the “super lice” rumors. What is the truth about this nasty problem? Is it more common now? Yes, head lice are proving to pop up more quickly and in more areas than in years past. A recent news report from NBC Nightly News indicated that this common problem is becoming even more prevalent than before. Here are a few reasons it is a growing concern.
Reason #1 – Head Lice Are Indeed Harder to Kill
The active ingredient in over the counter lice shampoos and treatments, pyrethrin is simply not killing head lice anymore. Over the last thirty years that these products have been on the store shelves, they have been the go-to solution for parents whose kids contract head lice. Overuse has led to immunities being built up by head lice much in the way vaccinations help humans develop immunities to disease. Evolution at work has created a bigger problem for getting rid of head lice. Without realizing “super lice” are immune, parents are still relying on over the counter treatments and not getting rid of the problem. This is causing a more rapid spreading of head lice in communities around the country.
Reason #2 – Home Remedies Are Not Eliminating the Problem
On the flip side, a lot of parents are choosing to scour the internet for a list of helpful home remedies when they realize their child has a head lice outbreak. Pinterest, Instagram, and various other sites have loads of blogs or videos with tips and tricks. They will try mayonnaise, vaseline, olive oil, or even go as far as Vodka or kerosene. Certainly these cures could do a bit of damage, but in the end, they simply will not suffocate all of the adult lice or even begin to kill any nits, or lice eggs present on the infected person’s head. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stress that these home remedies are not proven, effective methods for eliminating head lice. In fact, use of these products could be wasting valuable time. The longer your child is carrying head lice, the more likely others in your home will become affected and ultimately make the problem much worse. Do not rely on these old wives tales as many parents are. It is not doing much to solve the dilemma.
Reason #3 – Tech Savvy Teens and Young Kids are Contracting Lice
This generation of young people is practically physically attached to handheld devices. Whether it is an iPad, smartphone, tablet or an iPod, young kids and teens are usually seen together, closely watching their small screens and laughing about who posted what. This close proximity to one another is again another reason head lice are spreading more commonly through junior high and high schools. Usually, teens have developed a personal space zone, leaving them less vulnerable for head to head contact. Nowadays that is not always the case when it comes to electronics. Screen time can lead to direct head to head contact and therefore more and more teens are catching the head lice bug.
Whether someone in your household has contracted lice or you just have questions about prevention, Lice Clinics of America is an excellent source. Our expert staff is here to help you with your head lice concerns and we offer the most effective, up to date and affordable options for preventing and eliminating head lice. Call our staff today to speak with a professional about treatments that do work!
Who hasn’t heard the recent panic sweeping across the United States about new super lice that are resistant to lice shampoos and much more difficult to get rid of? In fact, these super lice have been reportedly found in 48 states throughout the country. They have indeed developed over the past thirty years an immunity to the main ingredient in lice treatments you buy at the store. Permethrin, a synthetic chemical related to pyrethrin, that once proved effective in killing lice has been virtually rendered useless against these super lice that are popping up on heads across the map.
Should parents be alarmed? What is our best defense? Arm yourself with knowledge. A parent who knows how to react will have an edge on head lice or super lice for that matter. Supermoms (and dads) everywhere can take action and eliminate or prevent super lice from becoming pests in their home.
How to Guard My Family Against Super Lice
Head Checks At Home. Regularly checking your children’s scalp for signs of a lice outbreak is an important part of keeping lice at bay. Get yourself a nit comb, separate portions of your child’s hair and begin to comb through thoroughly. After combing through each portion have a bowl of water or a paper cloth readily available to clean off the nit comb. Look for signs of small, brown insects the size of a sesame seed. This would be a live louse. Eggs, or nits, are the size of the head of a needle, yellowish in color and oval in shape. They can be difficult to diagnose and are laid very close to the scalp. If you are unsure what to look for, Lice Clinics of America offer head checks for anyone in your family. We can help you diagnose the problem and suggest the best steps for you moving forward.
Trust Modern Methods. When the permethrin-based shampoos hit the market to consumers during the 1990s they were effective. However, now we know that super lice are showing strong immunities to these products. Parents who do choose to try at home methods often spend weeks with a problem, causing it to spread to other household members, costing more money and stress in the long run. Not to mention the harsh chemicals used are a risk to young, developing children. Lice Clinics of America offer the latest technology in eliminating head lice, super or not. The AirAllé device uses dehydration to kill lice AND their eggs. The process takes less than an hour and is guaranteed. With over 99% effectiveness it is a proven, modern, FDA approved method that is available to you in eliminating head lice. Why would you continue to use products that do not work when a solution that is safe and convenient is readily available?
Talk to Your Kids About Prevention. Parents who know how difficult it is to remove lice from a home know that prevention is easier than elimination. Keep the conversation of head lice active in your home. Teach children to avoid sharing headgear, helmets, hoodies, hats, hair brushes, hair accessories, pillows, or anything else that could transfer lice to them. Remind those with handheld devices to avoid sitting for long periods of time with head to head contact looking at their small screen. A few conversations with your child might save you a world of trouble in the long run.
Spread the Word. Don’t keep these tips to yourself! Share these prevention tools with friends, neighbors, co-workers or anyone who you feel would benefit. Preventing head lice in your family could start by helping those around you stay lice free as well.
It used to be that parents would worry about kids getting lice by while playing hide and go seek or laying down together in the treehouse but now parents have a new thing to worry about: selfies. That’s right, kids are now getting lice by taking selfies with their phone.
Scientists recently studied over 200 children and found that children who own a smartphone or tablet are twice as likely to get head lice than children who do not own a smartphone or tablet. They found that the reason for this is children who have these devices, take more selfies with their friends, giving lice the perfect opportunity to crawl from head to head. Children may bump heads without even realizing it.
Head lice infestations have increased in older children because of selfies as well. It’s not only elementary school children who get lice anymore. Selfies really create a domino effect of spreading head lice. So next time you get ready to take a selfie, beware.
Selfies And Super Lice
With lice spreading rapidly in elementary schools and now middle schools and high schools as well, it’s important to find a safe and effective lice treatment. Almost all lice infestations these days comprise of super lice, meaning they have a resistance to over-the-counter lice treatments and many other lice removal shampoos. drugstore lice shampoos are ineffective and in fact, can have harmful side effects. It’s extremely important to get educated and stay away from these products.
Trying head lice treatments does not have to result in a dead-end failure. Our treatments have been medically tested and strategically created to treat lice without the use of harmful pesticides. We offer a guaranteed treatment using a device that blows warm air to dehydrate lice and their eggs. Our high quality, non-toxic treatment is the perfect solution to one-and-done lice removal. Our treatments won’t harm your children or the environment.
No matter which treatment you choose when your child gets lice, make sure that it is first, safe and 2nd, effective. And take selfies at your own risk.