Head lice are not common knowledge for most people but it’s important for parents to know a little bit about head lice because over-the-counter lice shampoos and treatments have a very low efficacy rate in this day of super lice. Here are 4 quick facts about head lice.
Head Lice Like Clean Hair
Head lice will infect a clean head of hair or a dirty head of hair. In fact, recent studies show that head lice actually prefer clean hair. Although head lice will infect a child if they have hair, period. It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or boy, have long hair or short. The only people who are not subject to lice are those who are bald. That doesn’t by any means mean we recommend shaving your child’s hair if they get lice. That is an extreme measure that is unnecessary. Instead, take them to our clinic for safe and effective lice treatment.
They May Have Had Lice For A While
We all know that one of the first symptoms of head lice is an itchy scalp. However, the itchiness may not occur until a few weeks into having lice. The itchiness on the scalp, back of the neck or behind the ears is an allergic reaction to lice saliva or lice bites and it often takes three to four weeks for that reaction to start.
Regular Head Checks Help Detect Lice Early On
Since itchiness may not occur until a couple weeks into a lice infestation, we recommend giving your kids weekly head checks if they are in elementary school and up it to once a week if there’s a lice outbreak at their school. The sooner you find them, the sooner you can get rid of them.
Our AirAllé Treatment Is Your Best Bet
As lice professionals, we are very proud of our revolutionary AirAllé treatment. It’s a device that blows controlled, heated air in a pattern over the head to dehydrate lice and eggs. It works better than any other treatment without the use of harmful chemicals. It really works and it completed in approximately an hour to 90 minutes.
Give us a call for a head screening and lice treatment. We’d also be happy to answer any questions you have about head lice or treatment. We are experts, after all.