Together We Can End Your Head Lice Headache
No one should have to endure the stressful and difficult situation of head lice without some professional tips and advice. Lice Clinics of America is your BEST source for diagnosing, treating and preventing head lice. Together we can make sure your head lice headache is alleviated.
What are Head Lice?
Head lice are the plural for a louse, a human parasite that literally feeds off human blood. Lice live on the human scalp and survive from the food and warmth it provides. They are brown in color and about the size of a sesame seed when fully grown. Head lice have a 30-day lifespan, within that time a female louse can lay several hundred eggs. Eggs, or nits, are hatched every 7-9 days producing a whole new generation of head lice. Nits are white in color and are laid with a glue-like secretion that secures them to the hair strand. Although head lice are a huge problem and difficult to be rid of, they are not to blame for spreading disease.
Who can get head lice?
Head lice is a very common problem throughout the world. In fact, up to 12 million children between the ages of 3-10 in the United States will contract it each year. That number is also on the rise with older children and teens as super lice are proving more difficult to be rid of. Anyone with a head full of hair can get head lice, it is not an indication of cleanliness or hygiene.
How does a head lice infestation occur?
Head lice are not able to fly or jump. They are most often spread by direct head to head contact with someone else who is infected. Head lice have claws on the tips of their legs that help them scurry quickly from hair strand to hair strand. They are also transferred very frequently from items that are shared or passed on that have been in contact with an infected head. Nits or lice are easily hidden on such items as coats, hats, hair brushes, towels, blankets or anything that could have been in contact with the infected person’s hair. One common misconception is that animals pass on head lice. They are in fact a human parasite only.
What are the signs of a head lice infestation?
Once a person is initially infected, it can take up to three weeks for symptoms to become apparent. Major signs to watch for include itchy scalp, scratch marks, red bumps from bites, irritated skin and rashes from fecal matter and saliva of head lice. Head lice and nits will most often be found near the base of the neckline, behind the ears and the crown of the head. Commonly after three weeks at least 10-20 adult head lice will be found on an infected person’s head. Although they scurry quickly away from light, they are visible if you come across one.
Lice Clinics of America offer head lice screenings for our customers. This is an excellent way to diagnose your problem and get the help you need. It can be difficult for parents to find head lice or nits. They are often mistaken for things like dandruff or dry skin. If you have any doubt, let the professionals check you out!
How do you treat head lice?
Over the counter products that contain pyrethrin are no longer recommended by most health care professionals. This is because head lice are proving to be immune to their active ingredients. This is causing head lice to spread more quickly because parents cannot get rid of them on their own.
A method of new technology called the AirAllé device is currently the most trusted and doctor recommended treatment in the lice removal industry. This process uses dehydration to dry up and kill head lice and their eggs in a single, one-hour treatment.
How should you clean up the environment?
When a nit or louse falls off of their human host, they have 24 hours to find a new one or they will quickly die. In order to ensure that your treatment is effective and that head lice or nits are not reintroduced to the scalp, we recommend the following cleaning the day of your treatment.
-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 for at least thirty minutes.
-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. Or place items in bleach water for twenty minutes and rinse thoroughly.
-Clean floors, carpeting, and furniture by thorough vacuuming only. The use of insecticide sprays is not recommended or necessary. Leather or other surfaces should be wiped down with a clean cloth.