6 to 12 million children are infested with head lice in the US YEARLY according to the FDA.
In most instances, parents catch head lice from their children.
Although there are many types of lice, rest assured that head lice only likes to live on the scalp of humans. This means that body hair, including eyebrows and beards are not going to contract lice. Furthermore, pets cannot get lice, even if they have hair instead of fur, PHEW!
There are three stages in the lice life cycle: egg, nymph and adult (learn how big lice are in each stage). The life cycle lasts about 30 days. An adult female louse can lay 3-5 eggs per day once maturity is reached.
Instead of feet, a head louse has six claws that help it to crawl around from hair strand to hair strand. It moves from person to person this way, which is why head-to-head contact is the primary way head lice are spread
An infestation starts when a female louse makes it onto a new head and begins to lay eggs. Once those eggs hatch, in about 7-10 days, the lice will most likely stay on that head throughout the entire lice life cycle. Unless the head is treated effectively (see pediculosis treatment) and all lice and nits are removed or dehydrated, the lice infestation will continue on for as long as the lice can live.
Head lice is extremely difficult to spot which is why by the time a family makes their way into our facility they have had it for an average of 2-4 weeks. Although lice vary in color, if you see a gray or tan colored bug making its way through the hair, it is probably a louse. Sometimes, if they just fed, a louse can also appear red.
The most effective way to check for lice is by using a nit comb. A visual inspection is not sufficient and is part of the reason that lice goes unnoticed for an extended amount of time. It is usually about 2-3 weeks before there is enough lice in the hair that it is noticeable in which time it can spread very easily. Nits are extremely small. They look like small, tear drop shaped specks, and will stuck to the hair. If you are able to see any, try pulling them off with your fingers. If you can’t easily pull them off, they are probably eggs and not dandruff. Keep in mind that only about half of the people affected by head lice are itchy, so just because no discomfort is present, it does not mean that you or your child are lice free.LEARN MORE
Because head lice does not jump or fly, it is primarily passed from direct head to head contact. While sharing hats, hair tools, and accessories is not a good idea, these are less likely modes of passing on an infestation. Rest assured that you will not catch head lice at the movies, on an airplane, on a bus, or from carnival rides, we promise!LEARN MORE
Our clients will tell you- getting rid of lice is no easy task! Of course, there is the option of professional removal with an Airalle or manual comb out which is quick and guaranteed. If you are up to tackling the task on your own then there is only one tried and true home treatment method that works: combing, combing, and more combing. You don’t need to waste money on harmful pesticides- they have been scientifically proven to be ineffective at this point anyhow (see WEBMD.com). To home treat successfully, you need to comb and give oil treatments (we recommend the “Keep Clear” non toxic treatment that is found on keepclearlicedefense.com) for 10-14 days, every single day, depending on the severity of the infestation. It is an obscene amount of work but it is doable if you commit yourself to it.
Professional treatment, meaning a heat treatment or a comb out service, is very safe and effective. There are some physical circumstances that can make a person unable to get the heat treatment such as: having open head wounds, sores, or visible signs of skin or scalp abnormalities; having received radiation treatment of the head within the last 6 months; having cranial or facial implants; having hair that cannot be combed through due to dreads or hair extensions; inability to sense temperature or pain; who cannot communicate physical discomfort. Luckily, if you have one of these contraindications, as stated above, we also offer a traditional comb out service as well- we can always help!
YUP! We have treated THOUSANDS of local children and adults at this point and have not had one failed treatment, which I am so proud of. Because it is an FDA-cleared treatment device, we can’t make efficacy claims that aren’t backed up by clinical data.
When it comes to your hair: NOPE! That is the beauty of this service, absolutely NO at home follow up.
When it comes to the home: Because head lice need a host to survive, it is VERY unlikely that you will re-catch lice from your environment. Use these simple steps to help avoid an unlikely case of re–infestation by lice that have recently fallen off the hair within your home.