When it comes to lice removal, it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t. Lice aren’t necessarily easy to get rid if unless you have the right resources. Lice infestations are no fun and if you don’t get the right lice treatment, they can reside on the head for weeks. Here are 5 reasons why your lice treatment may not be working.
You’re Using Over-The-Counter Products
Drugstore lice removal products don’t work and it is very unfortunate. But even more unfortunate is the fact that parents aren’t aware of this. Perhaps their parents used over-the-counter treatments on them and it got rid of the lice. It’s a little bit harder to get rid of head lice in this generation because they have evolved into super lice and are now resistant to pyrethroids, the active ingredient used in many lice treatments. A 2016 study concluded that 42 states are overrun with super lice.
You’re Missing Some Nits When NitPicking
Nits are about the size of a sesame seed, thus they are very hard to see. Nitpicking is the process of combing out live lice, then combing out each, individual nit. If you pick out every single nit, then this method is effective but nitpicking is subject to human error because this is hard to accomplish. If even one egg is left behind, it will hatch into a live louse and a fresh infestation will break out once again. Nits also secrete a glue-like substance that allows them to glue themselves to the hair shack. They won’t come out by shaking the head. The only way nitpicking is effective is if it is 100% precise.
You’re Turning To Home Remedies That You Read About On The internet
Many people turn to the internet for answers these days and if you read about lice treatments on the internet, you’ll come across many home remedies such as mayonnaise, kerosene, olive oil, tea tree oil and the list goes on. Beware, these home remedies have not been clinically proven and have proven harmful effects. Most of these methods require leaving the remedy on overnight with some sort of plastic wrap. If your child tosses and turns while they sleep, they may risk suffocation, and it has happened. Substances like kerosene are highly flammable and just not a good idea.
You Failed To Get Your Whole Family Checked
When one person gets head lice in a family, we recommend getting everyone checked as a precautionary measure. Lice spread through head-to-head contact or sharing products and accessories. Well, family members are often guilty of both of those. We’d hate for your child to get head lice again after being treated because another member of the family unknowingly had it. This includes parents as well.
Now you know what not to do when it comes to the lice removal process. Making an appointment at our clinic is always the best option. Our AirAllé® treatment is FDA-cleared and medically proven to be successful. It uses heated air to dehydrate lice and their nits. Yepp, you heard that correctly, it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals of any kind and it is the best product on the market. Give us a call to learn more about our lice removal practices and procedures.