No Itch Doesn’t Equal No Lice
SHARING IS CARING
CAN YOU HAVE HEAD LICE AND NOT KNOW IT?
While itching is a primary symptom of head lice, and most people associate head lice with an itchy scalp, many people are surprised to find they have lice but no symptoms—at least for the first few weeks of an infestation.
In fact, it can take up to six weeks for a child or adult to develop the typical itchiness that might prompt a head check. And even then, half the people with lice still won’t exhibit any symptoms associated with lice. Most lice experts encourage parents of young children to regularly check their children’s heads for lice. It is important to check thoroughly, as lice are notoriously difficult to see.
WHERE TO CHECK FOR LICE
The first place to check for head lice is around the ears and the nape of the neck. Those are the locations on the scalp lice seem to like best, due to being in a warm place away from direct sunlight.
HOW TO CHECK FOR LICE
Experts recommend using a fine-toothed comb to check for head lice up against the scalp. A study in the journal Pediatric Dermatology found that a lice comb is four times more effective at finding lice than a visual inspection alone.
Be aware that dandruff, dirt, and other common debris found in the hair are commonly confused with lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the best person to perform a head check for lice may be someone trained to identify these parasites, like a health care provider, school nurse, or one of our professional lice clinic staff member here at Lice Clinics of America Greenville. Head checks are only $25 per family member. And if we find lice, we waive the head check fee if you are treated in clinic the same day.
WHAT LICE LOOK LIKE
To avoid mistaking a louse from a piece of dry skin or dandruff, it is important to know what head lice look like. If you pull lice out with a lice comb, live lice will be moving. If you are performing a visual inspection, use a magnifying glass and light to look for live lice. Lice will flee light. Some recommend wetting the hair first in order to slow the louse’s ability to move.
LICE TREATMENT OPTIONS
If you do find lice on a child, don’t panic. Lice don’t cause serious health problems, and lice outbreaks don’t have anything to do with personal hygiene. It simply means that your child had contact with someone that had lice. You didn’t do anything wrong. Staying calm can help you and your child find the right treatment.
Many panicked parents rush to drugstores to buy lice treatment products that may not work. Multiple studies show that the vast majority (98 percent in 42 states) of lice in the United States and other countries are now resistant to the most popular over-the-counter lice products. Applying these products can be an exercise in futility.
A new alternative for lice treatment is available from Lice Clinics of America in Greenville, SC—a fast-growing network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America has revolutionized lice treatment with its AirAllé medical device—an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs in a single session that takes about an hour.
The AirAllé works by using carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are more than 150 Lice Clinics of America clinics in the U.S. and another 100 or so in 20 countries. Lice Clinics of America also offers a home Lice Removal Kit that makes home treatment much easier and more effective.
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Two of the most common questions among frustrated parents are; why don’t schools send lice letters home, and why are students with lice allowed in school? While some school districts in Boise and Meridian continue to send students home, as well as notify other parents when lice infestations are discovered within the classroom, many area districts have changed their policies when it comes to head lice. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school, and both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. When a child gets head lice, parent frustration is understandable; dealing with head lice can be overwhelming. But, there are numerous reasons why no-nit policies and letters home ultimately make no difference when it comes to preventing head lice infestations.
In order to identify head lice infestations in schools, all students would need to be screened on a regular basis, and most, if not all, schools simply do not have the staff or resources to dedicate to frequent screenings. Routine screenings would be necessary because not all students with lice infestations are symptomatic. 1 in 20 children have head lice at any given time, and of those children only 50% experience the tell-tale itch, which is an allergic reaction to the saliva from head lice. So while the school may identify some children with lice, it’s likely there are others in school with active infestations who show no obvious symptoms.
Early on in an infestation lice and eggs are often missed, especially when only a visual screening is conducted. A female louse lays approximately 7-10 eggs per day, and eggs take another 6-10 days before hatching, so an infestation may not be obvious one week for a parent, but much easier to spot the following week.
Even if schools send letters home encouraging parents to check their children for head lice, many parents do not know what to look for or how to identify it. Debris, dandruff, and hair product are often mistaken for lice eggs. Actual viable lice eggs, which are grayish-brown and close to the scalp, are often missed upon visual inspection, and are difficult to see in darker hair. Parents may miss lice infestations on their own child, and send them back into the school setting untreated.
So what are parents to do? A parents best defense against head lice is to conduct routine screenings at home, because lice letter or not, there are always children in school with head lice. Effective screenings require just a few simple tools. Parents are encouraged to invest in a good lice comb, like the Terminator Comb carried by Lice Clinics of America Boise. Using a spray bottle filled with leave-in conditioner, detangler, or water, parents should wet the hair behind the ears, at the nape of the neck, and at the crown, and comb from the scalp to the ends of the hair shaft looking for small grayish-brown eggs, or live lice. For parents who want to be absolutely sure, Lice Clinics of America provides screenings and instruction. Lice does not have to be overwhelming. Routine at-home screenings are a parent’s best defense against the continued spread of head lice.
Rest assured we have your back when it comes to head lice. Chances are a piece of paper will not change the outcome of your situation. Be proactive. And in the meantime if you have any questions we are here to help!
Here at Lice Clinics of America Boise we are quickly approaching our year mark. We feel so blessed to have had so many amazing families come through our doors trust us with their children, grandchildren, spouses and more. When I first opened up this business I had been expecting a certain age groups to come in to the clinic, and boy was I wrong. The trend of elementary kids has always been steady but more than steady we have always had a large number of teens come through our doors. Often time parents wonder why this is the case.
It does not just start with the kids. We need to take a look at super lice. Super lice is something that is being talked about and a lot of people have heard of it. If you have not, it is lice that are resistant to OTC products. They are genetically reproducing this way and cannot be killed by what is being offered on the shelves. This is the case in 48 states! Idaho is a blessed one of these states. On a side note, say if life was good and we could kill these love bugs with the OTC product being provided, would you want to use a product that had pesticides and was used to kill insects around your home? These products do not belong on our bodies. Because of this, lice are becoming all too common. Despite peoples amazing efforts to depart with these bugs it is not possible because they are not being set up for success.
When you take a look at our teenagers they have something I did not grow up with…cell phones WITH social media. I grew up with a pager (yes I am dating myself). The excitement quickly wore off when words like hello and hi were spelled out using numbers. There was not much to see just a simple number to call back. Now today with cell phones there so many things such as instagram, snapchat, Facebook and Youtube just to name a few. Kids huddle around phones and tablets to watch videos and look at pictures giving ample time for louse to crawl from head to head and make a happy home for themselves. So what does one do?
Making sure children have the correct prevention plan in place is key. At Lice Clinics of America Boise we have a line of prevention products that do just that. They are tested to keep away head lice better than what can be bought at the store. Creating a dialogue with your teens about head to head contact, keeping their hair up are all good steps to prevention. Also doing head checks on a routine basis another good step towards prevention.
Lie are not going to go away. But, with the correct education we can help to lessen the problem and make it more manageable together!
I thought I would introduce myself and give a little back story on why I kill bugs. For the record I hate bugs! People that know me are stunned that I, out of all people, kill lice for a living. But you guys…I love it!! A very common question is why would you do this job? Why do you kill lice? The answer is simple folks. I have been in your shoes, my family and I have had these bugs, I know the PTSD it can cause, I know how resilient they can be and I love to help people.
Years ago, I, like many parents, was cuddling my little peanut on the couch and saw things moving in her head. Like a dork in major denial I took her to the doctor thinking to myself there is no freaking way she has lice, we are clean, I take good care of these little humans! I was sadly mistaken when the doctor very quickly diagnosed both her and I with a case of LICE. My first uneducated response was to go to the store and buy whatever I could get my hands on that would kill those bugs. After spending a small fortune I came home to find my other two girls shared in the same joy that me and my other daughter did. I began to pour that nasty crap all over following the boxes directions to a T. The combs were crap but over the next weeks I was diligent. I combed and combed and killed with a vengeance. Only to find that we were not successful. I googled and prayed for someone in good ol’ Boise Idaho to take these blood sucking parasites away from me. To my surprise, not one person wanted to help me. After months of combing on my own I did it. That was wayyyy too long! My success was complete.
It was a year and some time later that I saw on the Today Show this magical machine that got rid of your lice. My mind was racing with thoughts. Just like that? Seriously?! Where was this over a year ago? Impossible, there’s no way this thing can work because I had tried it all. After some personal research and talking to some experts, I found that this device was legit. And it is history from there.
I have now been doing this for almost a year and I can tell you our magical machines really do work, and is the only solution that I have seen that actually does work. Working with our clients I feel like I have heard it all, from pet flea and tick treatments to vinegar and coconut oil, and pretty much everything in between. None of these solutions actually work, I can say that with confidence since I have treated many beautiful heads after they have tried these desperate treatments. I love the diversity of this job, everyday is different, and I get to meet the most wonderful people. One of my favorite things about working here is seeing the transition of our clients from panicked and feeling gross when they walk in to being relieved, confident, and happy when they leave. My clients have a much easier solution to their lice problems and don’t have to go through the agony of battling these awful bugs like I did years ago. And this, my friends, is why I chose to work with bugs on a daily basis.
At the Lice clinics of America here in Boise, Idaho, we offer only the safest and most effective treatments in Boise, Idaho to quickly take care and get rid of itchy and unpleasant head lice.
Our Boise, Idaho lice clinic uses the revolutionary AirAllé professional head lice treatment device. As the AirAllé blows heated air through several applicator tips along the scalp and hair shafts, this professional head lice treatment tool heats at a higher flow (but cooler temperature) than a hair dryer. When the AirAllé treatment is contraindicated for any of our clients, our lice clinic offers a traditional head lice treatment comb out, followed by a topical rinse to ensure that the head lice are gone.
The AirAllé® device is used by lice experts on individuals who have dry, untangled hair that can be easily combed and is free of hair products and scalp-treatment products.
Treatments are usually 30 minutes, and during that time, a trained AirAllé technician will gently place the device’s applicator tip under the hair and against the head, moving its position every 30 seconds until the entire head has been treated.
The AirAllé technician will stop the use of the device immediately if an individual being treated gives a verbal or physical sign of discomfort.
Because the purpose of the AirAllé device is to kill the lice and eggs through dehydration (and not to blow them out of the hair), dead lice and dead eggs will remain in the hair after treatment, which then leads to the comb out part of the treatment. The post-treatment comb-out usually takes another 30 minutes with a good quality lice comb to remove the dead lice and eggs. Most of our technicians here in Boise, Idaho will then apply a post-treatment rinse using dimethicone oil to kill any remaining hatched lice that may have survived the treatment. Rest assured, we make sure the lice is gone.
- Learn about Boise, Idaho’s quick and 100% guaranteed 3-step Signature AirAllé® Treatment.
- Our Boise Clinic’s Express AirAllé Treatment is another great option for those seeking a more affordable lice treatment. We do the AirAlle heat treatment and let you do the comb out at home.
- We understand that money may be tight so we offer a do-it-yourself kit as our least expensive option. It allows you to do the lice treatment at completely yourself at home.
How do you prevent head lice from coming back?
Two words: clean everything. Simple household cleaning can help get rid of lice and their nits—preventing everyone in the house from getting them again. The only thing worse than dealing with lice is dealing with it twice. Wash all clothes and bed linens in hot water. If certain stuffed animals or clothes can’t be washed, put them in a sealed Ziploc bag for two weeks so the lice will die. Vacuum your home and furniture. Soak hair accessories in alcohol for an hour or just simply throw them out. At our Boise, Idaho clinic, we can give you cleaning tips to make sure those little biters are gone for good.
Who is most at risk?
Children in daycare, preschool and elementary school are the most at risk to get lice. The next highest risk are family members of children who have lice because it is so contagious. Girls are infected with lice more often than boys because they tend to share their personal items with each other more often. Head lice typically spread from kid to kid. When one child at school gets head lice, it has a domino effect and the school is obligated to call every child’s parents who came in close contact with the discovered lice. At our Boise, Idaho clinic, we will get rid of your child’s lice so it doesn’t spread. You don’t want your child to be the one who gave it to someone else.