FAQs; WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEAD LICE

Head lice are tiny insects or parasites that feed on blood from the human scalp. Lice transfer from one head to another by head-to-head contact such as selfies or anytime an infested person comes in direct contact with an infested person’s hair. According to the CDC there are 6-12 million cases of head lice in the United states every year. They can’t survive more than 48 hours off the head, but during that time they are capable of infesting someone else’s head. Read more here.

Nits, aka lice eggs, are quite small (0.8mm by 0.3mm) and uniform in shape. They vary in color after hatching, but are generally whitish and oval-shaped. Female lice lay their nits on the hair shaft close to the scalp where the temperature is perfect for keeping them warm until they hatch into baby lice (nymphs). The nits are protected from falling off the hair shaft by the louse”glue” that the female louse attaches them with. They can’t be removed easily by brushing, shampooing or shaking them off like dandruff.

Anyone. A person’s degree of cleanliness or personal hygiene has little or nothing to do with getting head lice. Lice are parasites and the head is the host – they feed on human scalps no matter how clean or dirty the hair is. If one person in your household has head lice, everyone who lives in your home or has prolonged exposure within the home — such as babysitters or overnight guests — should be screened and possibly treated by a professional. If school-age or preschool children are affected, notify their school or day care center.

Head lice can be spread when there is direct head-to-head contact with an infested individual. Because head lice often move rapidly through groups who have close contact, such as schoolchildren, sports teams, families and other extracurricular activities, prompt treatment with a professional service is important to minimize spread. Much less frequently, lice may also be transmitted by items such as brushes, pillows, etc.

Head lice are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the neckline at the base of the head.

You may also experience the following symptoms:

  • Tickling sensation from lice movement in your hair
  • Red bumps on your scalp, neck and behind the ears
  • Lack of sleep or irritability
  • An allergic reaction to the bites causes itching.

A 2016 study found that resistant lice have spread to all states in the US. Super lice are a strain of these parasites that are now resistant to conventional OTC treatments.

Super lice evolved because of repeated exposure to the chemicals in the most popular OTC products over nearly 50 years! Repeated exposure builds resistance, not only to that particular treatment but to virtually all similar products. Lice Clinics DFW cold air technology and process kills 100% of lice, including “Super Lice” every time.

Some people try to kill head lice with heat using an extra-hot hair dryer or flattening iron. Putting kerosene on the hair is also sometimes used as a way to kill lice. These techniques can lead to severe burns. Do not use them!

The adult louse is no bigger than a sesame seed and is grayish-white or tan. Nymphs are smaller. Lice eggs (often called nits) look like tiny tan, or brown dots before they hatch. After hatching, the remaining shell may look white or clear.

Eggs are laid by adult female lice and are attached to the hair shaft with a glue-like substance (the female louse can lay from 5-8 eggs everyday for 30 days until the female dies) and usually take about 8 to 9 days to hatch into nymphs (immature lice).

  • Avoid head to head contact during play, sleepovers, or other activities at home, school, sports, dance, theatre and elsewhere.
  • Make an appointment with a professional lice service to screen your entire family
  • Do not share combs, brushes or towels used by an infested person.
  • Wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person used or wore during the previous 2 days using a high heat drying cycle.

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