With winter comes dryer air and colder temperatures. A lot of people suffer from irritated, dry skin during this time of year. The scalp is especially prone to this. When a scalp becomes itchy and uncomfortable many people just believe they are dealing with a case of dandruff. In certain cases, however, head lice can be mistaken for dandruff. It is important to rule out head lice so that you can properly treat your dandruff symptoms or vice versa.
How can I tell the difference between dandruff and head lice?
What They Look Like:
Dandruffis white, flaky pieces of skin that become so dry they break off of the scalp. These pieces of dead skin fall in chunks that create white flakes usually present on the shoulders, neck or back of the person infected. Dandruff is easily visible and usually becomes much worse when the scalp is scratched or rubbed up with tips of fingers. If you look onto the scalp you will easily see patches of dry areas that are flaking and white in color.
Head lice are not as easily visible to the human eye. An adult louse is the size of a sesame seed and avoids direct light by burrowing into the hair or scalp. Usually, the first noticeable symptoms of head lice would be nits or lice eggs. These are transparent in color until they hatch when they become white. Female lice attach their eggs to a single hair strand very near the scalp to keep it warm and incubated by its human host. The egg is attached with a secretion from the mother that cements it to the hair strand, meaning it will not easily flake off as a piece of dandruff would. A single adult louse can lay up to ten eggs per day during her life. If you are looking for nits, search particularly well around the crown of the head, behind the ears and near the nape of the neck.
What Symptoms Are Present for Dandruff Vs. Head Lice?
Regular dandruff is the result of overactive skin reproduction. As a person loses skin cells the body regrows them every four weeks. Often times the body starts producing skin cells at a much more accelerated rate, leaving excessive skin cells that die off and peel off the skin. These mounds of flaked skin are clearly visible and could be an indication you need to visit the Dermatologist or health care professional. Dry, itchy and flaky skin can leave someone with painful, irritated spots on their head. A severe case may be warning signs of a more serious condition such as eczema or psoriasis. Extreme cases leave sufferers with cracked, blotchy skin and painful, bleeding sore on their heads. Another cause for dandruff is the overuse or misuse of hair products. Make sure to read the labels and use beauty products as directed.
The tricky thing abouthead lice is that a single louse can invade a person’s scalp and start laying eggs. By the time these eggs hatch, start to feed and begin laying their own eggs, several weeks can pass by. This means that signs and visible symptoms of head lice take up to 4-6 weeks to manifest sometimes after the initial infection. The average head has 15-30 active adult head lice once the problem is really noticed. By this time, you will see a large number of nits on the head, and red bumps and irritations from biting the scalp for food. Using a nitpicking comb, available at Lice Clinics of Texas, is an important tool to help you carefully sift out possible nits or head lice, rinse them off into a bowl of water, and clearly be able to see what you are dealing with.
What Treatment Options Are Recommended for Dandruff & Head Lice?
Dandruff is easily treated with over the counter medicated shampoos. Nearly half of adults will experience dandruff at some point in their life. It is a common problem that you can usually get a handle on after a few weeks of consistent treatment. Conditioning the scalp to provide moisture is also recommended. Protect your head from the elements with proper coats and headgear.
Head Lice is easily eliminated. Depending on your budget and time needs, our trained personnel will walk you through the best options for your specific situation.
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 Texas 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 Texas this holiday season. We can help keep your spirits merry, bright, and free from head lice!
All across the great lone star state people gather to celebrate and worship this Christmas season. From Dallas to El Paso and San Antonio to Houston there is plenty to see and do this holiday season to get you in the giving mood.
Every weekend through Dec. 22nd, Old Town Spring will host holiday activities for the whole family. Free carriage rides, choir entertainments, dance performances, petting zoo and much more. Santa will be waiting for you and take a picture with you for a small fee.
Ice Skating in Downtown
Who could resist ice skating in the beautifully decorated downtown area! The Ice Skating at Discovery Green is going on now through February 2, 2020!
Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on The Ice powered by Green Mountain Energy! Bring a little winter cheer to your family this Christmas by trying this new, exciting activity. Information about pricing and hour of operation can be found here https://www.discoverygreen.com/ice.
This retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.
Also playing downtown at the Wortham Theater is Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker through Dec. 29th, 2019. This joyous production of The Nutcracker by Stanton Welch AM is a must-see!
The holiday season is not complete without the beloved characters from this timeless classic set to Tchaikovsky’s splendid score. Gather your family and friends and join Clara in holiday revelry as she journeys from her home on Christmas Eve, through a magical Christmas tree, and into the whimsical Kingdom of Sweets accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince.
Whether you have dealt with head lice before or this is your first go-around, knowing where to start can seem like a daunting task. For centuries people have used wild and creative methods to eliminate head lice. Ever seen a Pharoah or Egyptian goddess with their stylish jewels and large gold headpieces? Most likely these were ways to distract from the fact that most Egyptians had shaved heads to help ward off head lice. Notice how most Medieval Times features fur coats, jackets or vests? During this era, it was believed that head lice would prefer the warmth and comfort of animal fur and move from their human victim onto the fur pieces. It may sound crazy to us, yet there are all types of modern-day head lice remedies that seem just as strange.
Garlic is for Repelling Vampires, but What About Head Lice?
Some parents in the UK swear that adding a special mixture of ingredients, mainly garlic and lime juice to everyday shampoos will kill head lice.
THE PROBLEM: Obviously garlic in large amounts, this recipe calls for 10 cloves, produces a putrid smell. Can you imagine putting that in your hair for thirty minutes at a time? Not to mention, they suggest repeating the process every week for TWO months. Yikes. That is a recipe for an aroma disaster my friends…not a truly effective head lice remedy.
Mayonaisse or Vaseline? You Probably Have Both Laying Around Your Home
This particular home remedy is a common one. People believe that if they apply enough mayo or vaseline to the scalp, then proceed to cover it in plastic overnight that the head lice will suffocate. This could be partly true, however, incredibly ineffective and potentially dangerous.
THE PROBLEM: Depending on how young the child may be, we NEVER recommend putting plastic on your child’s head, especially overnight. This could lead to suffocating the child. Also, head lice can hold their breath for up to 8 hours. And, this method is not effective at all in killing nits, or lice eggs. So ultimately, it would need to be repeated every 7-10 days to kill head lice that were newly hatched, if it does kill them at all. Our suggestion, save the mayo for your next backyard BBQ with the neighbors.
Hair Straighteners, Hair Dryers, and Hair Trimmers, Oh My!
According to some sources, one out of four parents admits to using a hair straighter to attempt burning head lice out of their child’s scalp. The image of that is disturbing, although we do understand the desperation that parents have probably reached by that point. Others say that keeping a hot hairdryer on the scalp for an extended period of time has been their go-to when nothing else seemed to work. Others, yes about 50% of parents, admit that they have considered shaving the child’s head to finally be rid of head lice.
THE PROBLEM: First of all, beauty tools such as curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers were never designed as head lice removal tools. These instruments are designed to reach up to 365 – 400 degrees! Imagine the severe damage that could be done to a child’s scalp when these devices are used improperly. Especially, if left on for significant periods attempting to burn out head lice or nits. Consider also, no child thinks of having head lice as a pleasant experience. To shave their head or chop off their hair would only add to the humiliation and harshness of their problem.
This process is science in action, leaving behind the mess, worry, and uncertainty if your treatments are even working. Leave this problem to the professionals who have eliminated head lice for thousands of people, just like you! Call Lice Clinics of Texas to get the help you need.
In today’s modern world it is apparent that many morals that people used to hold in high regard are becoming “old ways” of the past. Morality, profanity, pornography, and many more things that used to be regarded as inappropriate are constantly in our children’s lives, popping up in places we would never even expect.
We as parents can take heart that there is always one moral issue we can instill in our children that will help them to have happiness and positivity in life, which is an attitude of gratitude.
A wise person once said, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” As a lasting and important principle that will greatly benefit throughout all walks of life, what can we do to help them truly develop a sense of gratitude?
Please and Thank You, But That’s Just the Start
Millennials are pegged with a sense of entitlement. Let’s do our best to stop that mentality by showing our children they need to show appreciation for the things people do for them. A simple please and thank you is extremely important, but just the tip of the iceberg.
How can we show children to express their gratitude with more than words? Take Action!
Take them a homeless shelter so they can help distribute clothing or serve meals. Find an elderly person in the neighborhood and visit regularly. Clean their gutters, rake their leaves or do things for them like take out their trash or bathe their dog. Find a friend at school who needs a pick me up, write than a secret note or leave a secret gift.
These small acts of service instill in our children a love of others. It helps them to recognize empathy, and how to truly feel what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes.
Children that can look past their own struggles or world are much more capable of feeling grateful for their blessings.
Teach Them to Take Time Every Day to Express Gratitude For Blessings
Whether children begin to write in a gratitude journal, write a letter to their future selves, share heartfelt moments about their days to a parent, or even offer a prayer to a higher power, this is a powerful tool for young people. When children arrive home from school, before meals, and at bedtime, take care to teach your child that these quiet moments of reflection are wonderful for contemplating the good things in their life. Regaining this positive outlook can do a lot to help them learn to think happy, good, and grateful thoughts in life.
Ask children, what is one thing today that made you laugh? Who made you feel good about yourself today, and how? Who did something for you today you could not do yourself? These prompts can get them really thinking about the blessings in their life.
Give Children An Opportunity to Give of Their Time and Talents
When I was a child we had a neighbor who experienced a tragic home fire a few days after Christmas. I will never forget as a five-year-old child, my mother asking me to pick two of my favorite gifts from Christmas that I would like to give to the little girl in that family. I chose a stuffed teddy bear and wooden puzzle.
That memory of rewrapping those gifts that I had so loved and preparing to give them away is a feeling that has shaped my decisions through a lot of circumstances in life. I learned at a young age to put others before myself. To be grateful for the chances to bless the lives of others.
As adults, we understand that every day there are small and large ways we can benefit others. Look for those opportunities for your child as well. Help them learn through your example.
This Thanksgiving season may we all try a little harder to be more grateful. As we do, that joy and peace will pass along to those in our lives we love and cherish.
Do you have a child who has been dealing with head lice? Are you worried you could possibly have caught head lice as well, but are feeling a little hesitant to ask someone to look for you? Remember, head lice are not a sign of poverty, poor hygiene, or a messy person. Head lice are simply a part of life and have been for centuries. In fact, if you live in a household with children between the ages of 3-10 you are much more likely to be exposed to head lice than other adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children these ages are the most likely to bring home head lice. Every year in the United States, up to 12 million of them do!
Here are a few things to remember when checking yourself for head lice:
-As embarrassed as you may feel, it really is more beneficial to have a professional at Lice Clinics of Texas check your scalp for you. A friend, physician or family member would also be able to check your scalp and clearly see symptoms. However, the professionals are much more accurate at determining between rashes and real symptoms, dandruff or head lice eggs.
-If you determine that you’d rather just look for a problem yourself, get two mirrors and face them together. The most common place for head lice to hide on the head is behind your ears, the nape of your neck and the crown of your head. Head lice are the size of a small sesame seed. After feeding, they are browner in color. Often, they are very difficult to see, especially in darker hair, because they are translucent in color and can blend in with hair color.
-Get yourself a nitpicking comb. This tool will help you separate hair near the roots and brush through it to determine if you see any nits. Lice eggs, or nits, are usually white in color and do not flake off as easily as dandruff or dead skin. Check the comb after each time you brush through. It could pick up traces of head lice or eggs. Keep a clean bowl of water and a white towel handy to help you see what you brush off.
-What else do I need to look for? Watch for redness, rashes, bumps or irritations on the scalp. As head lice feed they secrete saliva that keeps your blood from clotting so they can feed several times in the same spot throughout the day. This saliva is usually what causes the human scalp to itch and feel irritated.
-Pretty sure you have head lice? The average adult who discovers they have head lice will have 15-20 active adult lice on their scalp. This means that you have actually had head lice for several weeks, giving lice eggs time to hatch and grown into full adult lice. Come into Lice Clinics of Texas today to talk about your BEST treatment options to eliminate head lice quickly and stop the hassle.
The last few years have been significant for the head lice industry. Lice Clinics of Texas has been instrumental in helping hundreds of thousands of people deal with head lice in their cities. Recently, many clinics have evaluated their treatments and lice incidents from the past years and determined this year there is a significant increase in the head lice cases being treated. On average, about a 30% increase in head lice across the United States.
Across the country, many areas are reporting even larger spikes in head lice outbreaks. In March of this year, the San Francisco Bay area reported that they are seeing significant increases in head lice. Washington state and Texas are showing dramatic increases, up to 80% more head lice reported than in years past in portions of the state.
How Are Head Lice Spreading So Rampantly?
The head lice we are currently dealing with are not the head lice of past generations. What does that mean? Parents for the past decades have relied on store-bought shampoos and powders to eliminate head lice. They didn’t really take the time to understand how to safely eliminate head lice and nits without harsh chemicals and substances. As a result, the active ingredient in these products, pyrethrum, has become obsolete as head lice have developed a strong immunity to it over the decades.
Over the Counter Shampoos Do Not Kill Super Lice
After forty years of misusing head lice shampoos and overusing head lice shampoos, we are now seeing the devastating consequences. Head lice are more resilient, much more difficult to kill, and more people are clueless as to how to get rid of the problem.
When more parents are failing at eliminating head lice, more children are contracting it. Schools are reporting significant increases in head lice cases. While at the same time, school districts are becoming much more lax about no-nit policies in school. Therefore, children of school age are much more prone to catching head lice and passing those head lice on to the adults living in their household.
What Is To Be Done?
These steps ensure your children are head lice free:
Inspect your child’s head at home, especially if your child has an itchy scalp. Look for eggs, nymphs and adult lice. One adult louse can lay about 100 eggs during her life span. That’s a lot of new lice.
Call the parents of your child’s friends and have them check for head lice, remembering that earlier intervention can help to reduce the infestation level.
If you see lice—or if you are unsure whether you have lice—visit a professional lice treatment center.
Remember, traditional over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides that are no longer effective. Lice have evolved into “super lice” and have developed resistance to those pesticides. Find a treatment that is safe and effective. Lice Clinics of Texas has many from which to choose.
Be safe this season by starting your child on a lice prevention regimen using trusted lice prevention products such as shampoos, conditioners, sprays and hair bands that will help to keep lice away from your child’s scalp.
Head lice are causing fear and worry all across the United States this Halloween. More and more children are becoming infected as lice is worse than it has been in decades in our public school systems and everyday life.
In fact, Lice Clinics of Texas has opened clinics all across the country where we treat people who become infected with head lice. Our clinics help hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children with their head lice problems.
Here are 10 SPOOKY things you didn’t know about head lice that will surely cause your heart to race and your palms to sweat!
#1 – There has been a 30% increase this yearin the cases of head lice reported! Some states, such as Washington and Oregon, have seen a 60-80% rise in head lice cases.
#2- Head lice bite the scalp and drink human blood. A louse will inject saliva into the scalp that actually prevents blood from clotting, allowing them to snack on the same spot a few times before they move on. If this doesn’t gross you out, you might need to stop watching vampire movies.
#3 – Head lice saliva and fecal matter are left on the skin of the scalp. These bodily fluids are the main reason that people infected with head lice feel itchiness and soreness. The traces of saliva and fecal matter from head lice can cause allergic reactions and irritations to the scalp.
#4 – If you are seeing adult head lice on your child’s scalp, they have actually been infected for several weeks. Head lice start out by a single adult who lays eggs. An adult louse takes up to two weeks to mature. This means that there have been lice and nits, or lice eggs on your child’s head for several weeks for symptoms and problems to start manifesting from several adult lice.
#5 – A single adult female can layone hundred eggs in just a few days. Twenty four hours after mating, a female will begin to lay her first eggs. She continues laying again, and again, and again for several weeks. As you can see, if you have several adult female lice on a scalp, the problem will escalate quickly.
#6 – Head lice are more active at night. This frightening little fact could be a big reason that your child is not able to sleep. Think of all the little head lice slowly crawling from hair strand to hair strand while they lay in bed at night.
#7 – Water does not kill head lice. They are able to hold their breath underwater for several hours. This is why simply shampooing or bathing does not kill head lice.
#8 – Girls are more likely to attract head lice! Why is that? Head lice are more common in long hair because they can easily attach to it when in direct contact with another person who is infected. The longer your hair, the higher your chance of getting head lice.
#9 – Head lice can lie in wait on pillows, bedding, small crevices in the fabric on furniture in search of a new human host. If a louse does not have the blood and warmth of a human host for 24 hours it will die. Once a louse if knocked off of a scalp they will jump at the chance to find a new victim to infest.
#10- Over the counter shampoos DO NOT KILL HEAD LICE! Lice are showing resistance to insecticides that have been designed to kill them. For years overuse and reliance on shampoos and powders have created “super lice” that are immune to their potency. No single product from a general store can kill eggs and head lice in one treatment.
If these facts don’t start to scare you – we don’t know what will! Contact Lice Clinics of Texas today for the facts on how to be rid of head lice!
This Halloween we see scary things all around us! We are not talking about being deathly afraid of clowns or jumping at the sight of a spider. In the United States, parents suffer from many types of realistic fears for their children. Some of the most common fears include kidnapping, bullying, physical harm or disease.
Did you know that the fear of head lice is a real phobia for some anxiety-prone parents or children?
What Exactly is This Phobia and How Does it Affect Someone?
Pediculophobia is the fear of lice. Head lice, body lice or pubic lice all fall into this category. All types of lice are small, parasite animals that live off of human blood. Their whole existence depends on the availability of a human source to provide food, shelter, and warmth.
This specific phobia’s name is thought to have originated from the word pediculo, which is a Latin for lice. It can be caused by many things, like traumatic events or early childhood drama. Did you suffer a horrible case of head lice as a child? Did you face ridicule from peers because of it? Maybe you were scared by an event that involved insects or head lice in particular. Any or all of these could cause unrealistic fears to take over in someone’s mind.
How Do I Know if It’s a Phobia or a Normal Worry?
Any person will tell you that the thought of head lice will make them feel a pit in their stomach, their heads feel a little itchy, and an instant worry can set in. Thoughts can begin to race in their minds, “What would I do if my kid had head lice? How can I be sure they don’t have it?”
This is all normal and justified fear, especially if you have children between the ages of 3-10. The CDC indicates in the U.S. that up to 12 million children between these ages will become infected with head lice this year alone. That is not beginning to account for the rise in the number of tweens and teens who are contracting head lice each year.
However, if the fear of head lice is causing you extreme anxiety you could be dealing with a phobia. Some large indicators include panic attacks, heart arrhythmia, severe sweating, inability to speak or stop shaking. Some people suffering from this phobia will literally become nauseous and physically ill at the thought of a lice break out. Is this you? If so, there are available treatments to help you overcome your fears.
How Can I Deal with this Phobia or Fear of Head Lice?
Experts at Lice Clinics of Texas are your BEST source for getting rid of head lice on the scalp. Whether you are suffering from a real phobia or just clueless about what steps to take like most parents, we can end your head lice nightmare! Give us a call today to speak with a knowledgeable staff member about our most effective approach in eliminating head lice for good.
Head lice can come as a shock to parents who just don’t ever think it could happen to their kids! The reality is, head lice happens to all types of people. Regardless of social status, ethnicity, financial background or hygiene. The best thing to do when dealing with the shock of head lice is to face FACTS!
Reality #1 – Head Lice Effect All Types of People
When scientists study which type of hair head lice are more drawn to, they have actually found head lice have no preference as to the cleanliness of someone’s hair. That means the age-old stigma that only dirty people get head lice is completely FALSE. Check out this study published with ABC Health and Wellbeing detailing the results of years of study about head lice.
The only people who are safe from head lice are those with no hair, or bald! They are spread most commonly through direct head to head contact. They need hair strands to attach to and lay their eggs. They live off the blood supply from a human host.
Reality #2 – Your Kid Has Had Head Lice for a While
The first symptom of head lice is itching. The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva or fecal matter. It often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start, which would lead to you starting to notice symptoms. Often the initial itching is just overlooked as dry skin. Head lice breed and reproduce at a fast rate. With a life span of only 30 days, adult lice need to grow and mature before you really start to notice significant symptoms. That is why frequent scalp screenings are the best way to avoid an outbreak.
Reality #3 – Head Checks Are The Best Way To Detect Lice
The sooner you find lice, the sooner you can get rid of them. The longer your child has head lice, the higher the chance of your other household members getting head lice. Even adults or the elderly would be at risk. Not to mention your child’s circle of friends and classmates. Nobody wants to be the reason for a lice outbreak at school. The only way to catch lice early on is to perform regular head checks on your children. We can show you the best ways to catch head lice early in our clinic.
4. We Offer The Best Lice Treatment Around
We offer the most up to date and effective lice treatments on the market.
Now you know a little bit more about head lice. Call Lice Clinics of Texas if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment!