Despite many of our high hopes, this year’s holiday season is still going to be burdened with pandemic-based safety requirements. Last year gave us good training for this, and, really, this year will surely be better, as the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is a little closer. Still, national pandemic at hand or not, the holiday season is stressful. Your holiday list is probably full enough as it is, so you will probably agree with us that there is absolutely no room for head lice on that list. But, unfortunately, the spread of head lice tends to increase during the holiday season, which makes prevention a necessary endeavor if you do not want to spread head lice to your in-laws.
It is not hard to see why lice are in their prime during this season, with busy shopping crowds, full airplane rides, and more gatherings where these tiny nuisances can hitch a ride on hair strands. While distancing may help slow the spread of lice this year, it is still best to be aware of your surroundings, and to take precautions to keep your hair clean. With that in mind, we’ve put together a pre-holiday lice prevention list to keep you lice-free and ready for the holidays!
Know Your Facts
Knowing your lice facts from common lice myths will keep you clean, or at least prepared int he case of an infestation. For instance, knowing that lice crawl host to host and don’t jump or fly is important. Familiarity with lice terminology can help you know the difference between a nit and a louse. The lifespan of lice is not long without a human host, so they die within 24-48 hours without one. This fact alone can help you clean infected areas and avoid where live lice may be. Overall, steer clear of known infestation areas to protect yourself this season.
Know the Symptoms
You should be aware of all the signs of head lice. Most people know about the itching, but might not be aware that itching often does not occur until several weeks after the infestation happens. You could have lice for weeks if itching is the only sign you are looking for! Common signs of head lice include red bumps along the scalp and neck area, and visible lice or nits close to the head. A tickling or moving sensation may be felt in the hair as the lice move about. Nits may be found close to the scalp and will be tan to white in color, and tend to be harder to remove than a louse. Lice like to hide, so the dark or damp places on your head, like behind the ears, or close to the scalp, and along the neckline are some of the most common hanging spots for these creatures. Know the signs of an infestation, and be aware of what to check for. A good method to check for lice is wetting the hair and running a fine comb through it, and perhaps use a flashlight (or your phone’s light) to look through the hair.
Know What Spreads
Generally, the most common ways that lice spread are the easiest to prevent. Head lice, the kind mentioned in above sections, cannot fly and must crawl to spread. The most common way crawling lice spread is through direct contact. Avoid coming in direct contact as much as possible, which should not be hard given pandemic circumstances. Be aware of whom you are hugging or standing close to. If you have long hair, wear it up in a tight hairstyles or wear a hat to avoid it coming into contact with others’ long hair. Remind children to be courteous of others while playing, or just sitting/standing around others (we know how active children can be, and how hard it can be to make them sit still). Don’t share winter apparel like hats, scarves, and jackets that come in contact with hair. Avoid sharing accessories that touch hair, such as brushes, barrettes, and/or headbands. Just as we should be cautious with spreading coronavirus, so we should be cautious with spreading head lice. Ask ahead if anyone has had head lice lately, and if so, take proper precautions.
Know How to Get Rid of Lice
Even when we try our hardest, we can still get infested with head lice. Head lice are tricky pests, and they can affect anyone at anytime. The good news is that there is help out there, and you can find it at The Lice Removal Clinic. We specialize in helping with all things related to head lice. Our signature AirAlle device uses heat to dehydrate and kill all lice and nits in the first treatment, guaranteed! Our treatment is quick and leaves you lice-free, so you can get back to enjoying your holiday season in no time. Other treatments, however, require several re-treatments to get rid of lice and have no guarantee. But don’t fret, because we’ll get the job done in as timely and efficient a manner as possible!
Our experts are here to get you back to being lice free today!
For more information on our AirAlle Treatments checkout how they work here. Our experts are here to help keep your holidays happy and lice free. For any questions on holiday lice prevention or head lice in general we are here! Lice Clinics of America has successfully treated 650,000 cases. The company has over 300 clinics in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America – Pearland is located at 4420 Broadway Street, Pearland, Texas 77581 and is open Monday – Sunday by appointment. Call 281-746-6397 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theliceremovalclinic.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.