No Itch Doesn’t Equal No Lice
SHARING IS CARING
CAN YOU HAVE HEAD LICE AND NOT KNOW IT?
While itching is a primary symptom of head lice, and most people associate head lice with an itchy scalp, many people are surprised to find they have lice but no symptoms—at least for the first few weeks of an infestation.
In fact, it can take up to six weeks for a child or adult to develop the typical itchiness that might prompt a head check. And even then, half the people with lice still won’t exhibit any symptoms associated with lice. Most lice experts encourage parents of young children to regularly check their children’s heads for lice. It is important to check thoroughly, as lice are notoriously difficult to see.
WHERE TO CHECK FOR LICE
The first place to check for head lice is around the ears and the nape of the neck. Those are the locations on the scalp lice seem to like best, due to being in a warm place away from direct sunlight.
HOW TO CHECK FOR LICE
Experts recommend using a fine-toothed comb to check for head lice up against the scalp. A study in the journal Pediatric Dermatology found that a lice comb is four times more effective at finding lice than a visual inspection alone.
Be aware that dandruff, dirt, and other common debris found in the hair are commonly confused with lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the best person to perform a head check for lice may be someone trained to identify these parasites, like a health care provider, school nurse, or one of our professional lice clinic staff member here at Lice Clinics of America Greenville. Head checks are only $25 per family member. And if we find lice, we waive the head check fee if you are treated in clinic the same day.
WHAT LICE LOOK LIKE
To avoid mistaking a louse from a piece of dry skin or dandruff, it is important to know what head lice look like. If you pull lice out with a lice comb, live lice will be moving. If you are performing a visual inspection, use a magnifying glass and light to look for live lice. Lice will flee light. Some recommend wetting the hair first in order to slow the louse’s ability to move.
LICE TREATMENT OPTIONS
If you do find lice on a child, don’t panic. Lice don’t cause serious health problems, and lice outbreaks don’t have anything to do with personal hygiene. It simply means that your child had contact with someone that had lice. You didn’t do anything wrong. Staying calm can help you and your child find the right treatment.
Many panicked parents rush to drugstores to buy lice treatment products that may not work. Multiple studies show that the vast majority (98 percent in 42 states) of lice in the United States and other countries are now resistant to the most popular over-the-counter lice products. Applying these products can be an exercise in futility.
A new alternative for lice treatment is available from Lice Clinics of America in Greenville, SC—a fast-growing network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America has revolutionized lice treatment with its AirAllé medical device—an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs in a single session that takes about an hour.
The AirAllé works by using carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are more than 150 Lice Clinics of America clinics in the U.S. and another 100 or so in 20 countries. Lice Clinics of America also offers a home Lice Removal Kit that makes home treatment much easier and more effective.
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Most parents don’t deal with head lice until they have to—when a child comes home with lice. This typically launches a frantic search for a way to end the problem as quickly as possible.
Until recently, that search has essentially led to three options—using drug store pesticide products, trying home remedies, or manual “nitpicking.” The problem with these solutions is that a) drug store pesticide products no longer work; b) home remedies are medically unsound at best and downright dangerous at worst; and c) nitpicking is prone to human error and often results in protracted bouts with head lice.
What’s rarely discussed, however, is how to prevent lice from finding your child’s head in the first place. There are behavioral solutions to prevent head lice (don’t share hats and hair accessories, don’t touch heads taking selfies, etc.) and there are now products available that can go a long way towards preventing head lice from hopping on your child’s head.
These products have been developed by the same company, Larada Sciences, that worked with scientists and researchers to develop the most effective lice treatment product in decades—the AirAllé medical device. An AirAllé treatment is guaranteed to cure a lice infestation in a single, 60-minute session, and is available at Lice Clinics of America urgent care centers throughout the United States.
Lice Clinics of America clinics also offer preventive products in the form of shampoos, conditioners, and sprays. The products use non-toxic essential oils with aromas that are hostile to head lice (don’t worry, they smell just fine to humans). Because lice spread primarily through head-to-head contact, these products work as repellants. In vitro tests have shown lice avoid these essential oils.
Regular use of these products may make it less likely that your child will contract head lice. Parents that have been through the battle with head lice love the products. They know what stress, discomfort, money, and time can be saved by deterring head lice, and they are the most vigilant when it comes to lice prevention.
Treating head lice is getting more and more difficult using traditional methods. Multiple studies have shown that most lice in the United States are now resistant to the most popular lice products found on drug store shelves. Many parents turn to the Internet for advice and are steered towards home remedies that are unproven (see what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has to say). And manual removing, a.k.a. nitpicking, is tedious, time-consuming, and prone to human error.
If it is too late for prevention and you’re dealing with head lice in your family, we recommend you get treated with the AirAllé device. The AirAllé is an FDA-cleared, Class I medical device that has been clinically proven to be safe, fast, and effective. The entire treatment process takes about an hour. There are no chemicals involved, and no nitpicking is required.
For more information about Lice Clinics of America, and to find a clinic where the AirAllé lice treatment and lice prevention products are available, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.
In most states, cosmetology regulations make it against the law to cut or style the hair of someone with head lice. Yet stylists are reporting more and more cases of head lice in their salons, which can be due to the fact that most lice are now resistant to the most common anti-lice products. So what is the best way to handle the situation if you find bugs in your client’s hair? Here is a simple 6-step plan.
- Confirm that what you see are lice. Identifying head lice can be tricky. A 2000 studyby the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that people often mistake dandruff as head lice. Lice are brownish bugs about the size of sesame seeds. See the article, “Is it Head Lice or Dandruff,” to get it right.
- Don’t panic. Except for the itching, lice are harmless. Also, medical researchers have found no link between hygiene and head lice—your client isn’t dirty. Remember: lice can only spread by head-to-head contact, so as long as you’re not head-butting your client, you’re safe.
- Communicate calmly. Your client might want to shoot the messenger! You can make the difference between sending your client into a panic or simply helping him or her solve a problem. Calmly state that the client didn’t do anything wrong, and that 6-12 million people get lice every year, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Let him or her know that there are now same-day treatment services available that remove lice and eggs in about an hour, guaranteed!
- Give sound advice. It is now proven science that traditional over-the-counter lice medications are no longer effective. Lice have developed resistance. Here’s the scientific study that proves it. This means that if you send your client to the drug store, you might be sending him or her into an abyss of futility. Also, you should discourage home remedies. These range from the ridiculous (mayonnaise) to the dangerous (kerosene). Seriously. People have died from using these things to treat lice.
- Direct the client to a medically proven solution. Lice Clinics of America offers the only FDA-cleared medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment that takes about an hour. Success is guaranteed. The company also offers a non-toxic home Lice Remover Kit that makes home lice removal much easier and more effective.
- Invite them back. People are often embarrassed about having head lice. You can help them feel comfortable by letting your clients know that they are welcome back when they’re lice-free. You might even offer to make room for them later the same day if they get treated at a Lice Clinics of America clinic. You don’t want to lose a client just because you were the bearer of bad news. You can also be the superhero for recommending a “one and done” solution!
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