Wash hair the night before. Do not come in with wet hair or hair products such as gel or hairspray.
Brush or comb hair free of tangles, if possible.
Wear a button-up shirt for easy removal.
Bring to your appointment:
DON’T STRESS over the cleaning. We will guide you through some safe and effective means of cleaning necessary items after your appointment.
One of our friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable technicians or staff members will greet you.
If you haven’t previously visited us, you will be asked to fill out our confidential client information form.
Once the forms are completed, a technician will bring you and your family to our treatment room. Children can watch TV.
If there is a lice outbreak at your school, expect to wait if you haven’t made an appointment.
Technicians will apply safe products and thoroughly comb the hair to remove all lice and nits.
The process for each person being treated should take about two hours, although for boys it could take less time. The process could be longer than two hours depending on the cooperation, length and thickness of hair, how tangled the hair is, and amount of infestation.
A technician will check to see if any other family member has lice. Only if lice or nits are found is treatment recommended. You do not have to pay extra to have all members of the same household checked. Even a person with very short hair should be checked. Time permitting, if lice or nits are found on other family members, we will treat immediately.
You will need to make appointments for two 15 minute follow-up visits within a two week period. Only by keeping these appointments can we ensure that no further contact with lice exists.
You may want to educate yourself while in our facility. Take advantage of this time to learn more about Head lice. We have plenty of reading material, including a sample copy of LICE ADVICE and we are always willing to answer questions you may have. Education is the best way to help prevent future reoccurrences!
Leave product on for at least two hours before washing out with a mint based shampoo and conditioner.
Be a friend and tell a friend. Notify your child’s school and any close friends who may have been in contact with your child. Remember, it is not just where the child got lice but who the child gave it to as well. Failing to notify contacts could put your child at risk for re-infestation.
Make head checks a part of your weekly routine. Early detection is the only way to stop Head lice from escalating or spreading!
Reduce your child’s chances for re-infestation. Keep girls’ hair pulled back, any time they are around others. Shampoo regularly using a mint-based shampoo or lice prevention shampoo to minimize the risks.
Use a mint-based leave-in spritz on the hair before leaving home. Comb with lice comb once or twice a week for 2-5 minutes each time and watch for signs of Head lice.
Use a mint-based shampoo and conditioner twice a week.
Play It Safe! Know who you are coming in contact with and NEVER knowingly expose yourself to Head lice.
Remember to come for your two follow-up visits.
Although the feeding bite of the louse is painless, its saliva can cause an allergic reaction in many people. There can be red marks and itching at the site of the bite. Reaction severity depends on host sensitivity and number of prior exposures. Initial infestation may produce no signs or symptoms for 4 to 6 weeks. Subsequent infestations may cause itching within 24 to 48 hours. Thus, first-time infestations are often asymptomatic, and severe itching usually indicates an infestation that has been present for several weeks. 50 % of the population are asymptomatic and never itch. This may account for the high rate of re-infestation among individuals who appear to be lice-free.
Intense itching at the site of the bite compels a person to scratch, often breaking the skin. The open scratches, in turn, create an entryway for germs and lice feces and may lead to secondary infections and swollen glands in the neck.
Secondary infections are far worse than the lice themselves and often lead to far more serious problems. One of our male clients went to a pediatrician with what was assumed to be mumps. Upon examination, the pediatrician discovered that the child had head lice and a reaction to the lice saliva caused his enlarged glands. Likewise, the child’s mother had been feeling lethargic. She had complained to her doctor that she was feeling “lousy” for no apparent reason, and he treated her for depression. When she found out that her child had lice, we checked her and discovered that she also had lice. Upon the elimination of their lice problem, both returned to being physically normal.
Other lice symptoms are:
With a large number of lice bites, the infested individual may be feverish and feel tired and irritable due to lack of sleep, hence the term “feeling lousy.” Chronic scalp infections are not uncommon in individuals with active head lice infestations, especially in tropical climates or when daily hygiene is difficult to maintain.
At a minimum you should have a:
The intense heat of a blow dryer can kill lice and possibly damage some of the nits in the process. It doesn’t, however, kill all of them. Furthermore, because most bugs are found closest to the scalp, and a blow dryer cannot have direct contact with the scalp, far more lice and nits remain unaffected by this process.
The AirAlle is a fancy blow dryer device that kills lice and nits through dehydration. However, you still need to comb to eliminate all evidence. It is widely popular and claims to kill 92% of lice and nits. While we applaud this means of bringing safer alternatives to the market, we believe that our methodical approach, when used beginning to end, is the most efficient means of ensuring a successful outcome.
Despite what you may have heard or done in the past, cleaning your home or classroom need not be very difficult. Studies have shown that there is less than 2% chance of anyone getting lice from items such as stuffed animals, bedding, carpet, linens, helmets, hats, coats, dress-up clothes, and draperies. This is because lice cannot live more than approximately 24 hours off the head.
We recommend you do ONLY 5 things:
Make an appointment for as soon as you can. As a quick fix, get a good lice comb (we recommend the TerminatorTM) and thoroughly comb your child’s hair while wet to remove as many lice as you can. You can also wash your child’s hair with a mint-based shampoo and conditioner. Use the shampoo and conditioner only a couple of times a week, as they can cause dry scalp and increased itching.
Head lice are tiny six-legged blood-sucking parasites. Each leg is equipped with a claw, enabling the lice to grasp onto the shaft of the child’s hair. They can vary in color from grayish white to reddish brown. Head lice, like chameleons, have the ability to adapt to their environment.
The female louse lays her eggs by gluing them to your hair shafts. She will produce approximately 200 eggs in her lifetime. Eggs, or nits as they’re commonly called, generally hatch in 7 to 10 days. Once hatched, they have a life expectancy of approximately 30 days.
Lice are wingless and cannot jump or fly. They can, however, move with amazing speeds.
They depend on human blood for survival. A louse separated from its human host will rarely survive more than 24 hours.
No one knows for sure. The first mention of lice existence is in the Bible.
In almost all cases, lice are transmitted from one human host to another, brought about mainly as a result of head-to-head contact.
Certain people just seem to attract lice. Head lice are always on the lookout for a favorable environment.
There are many factors that draw head lice to one individual over another. Blood type and Rh factor are among them.
While it’s more commonly spread among children, parents and other adults are not immune. When hair has contact with another’s hair (and it will), if that person has lice and you are a favorable environment, you take the risk of exposing yourself to an uninvited houseguest.
Head lice actually prefer a clean head of hair. Lice, however, are not prejudicial. A louse’s only concern is for its own survival. To accomplish this, the louse needs to feed and is always looking for the most convenient means of doing so.
While we hear this question a lot, we strongly discourage it. It is nice in theory but wrong in actuality. Shampooing daily does nothing to prevent head lice.
Since nits are glued to the hair, all the brushing and washing on earth won’t change that fact. The eggs are coated with a fixative substance, which literally cements them to the hair shaft. They are blood-sucking parasites with crab-like claws. They can attach themselves to your hair and will hang on for dear life.
The most obvious way is the usual itchy scalp so commonly, but not always, found in head lice cases. The only way to confirm your suspicions, however, is by a thorough examination of your child’s hair. Making head lice exams a part of your regular routine will allow you to identify the problem at its onset and thus prevent head lice from taking over your family, your home and your life. To be on the safe side, let us check your child. Once your child is in our system, you only pay $20 for each head check.
If you find head lice on your child’s head, take care of the problem right away. Each day wasted is an increased opportunity for reproduction, not to mention the additional chances of spreading to others. There are many options for lice removal. Of course, in our opinion, professional lice removal by Lice Cleanse is the best. However, how you treat the problem is entirely up to you.
No. We do not accept insurance. However, we do provide you with the necessary code so you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Be wary of any service that claims to have a 100% success rate.
Head lice are one of the number one reasons for absenteeism in schools across the country.
It’s impossible to know exactly how many cases of head lice there are each year. Statistics derived from product sales, however, suggest that the U.S. alone sees over 12 million cases of head lice each year. It is estimated that parents spend 150 million dollars annually trying to be rid of this problem. The cost is far greater when you factor in the missed wages that often occur as a result of parents being forced to miss work while tending to their child’s head lice problem.
For the most part, head lice themselves are just an irritating problem. While in some cases their saliva can produce an allergic reaction among certain individuals, these reactions are usually mild compared to the risk involved with many shampoo products.
Products containing Lindane have caused the greatest concerns. Exposure to the neurotoxic product has been linked to seizures, developmental disabilities, hormone disruption and worse yet, cancer. Thanks to the EPA, Lindane can no longer be used on animals or the environment; as it is considered too dangerous an option, BUT IT IS STILL ALLOWED AS A HEAD LICE SHAMPOO. Thankfully, many states, including California, New York, and Michigan have taken this decision out of the FDA’s hands and banned the pharmaceutical use within their states.
Adding to the dangers is the fact that many parents fail to follow proper directions, leaving the shampoo on longer than recommended or re-treating too quickly. Improper treatment is one of the biggest causes of re-infestation and among the greatest dangers to your child. Another such danger, and one clearly marked on the shampoo packaging, is the danger in treating a child under the age of 2 or the use of such products by pregnant individuals.
The National Pediculosis Association was formed in 1982. Since then the Association has made great strides in increasing awareness through research and education. The group fought to limit the use of potentially harmful products containing dangerous chemicals such as Lindane and was also instrumental in establishing the current “No Nit” policy still utilized in many schools today. The NPA was also instrumental in recognizing the importance of combing and through their research they helped to revolutionize the way we treat head lice, with the use of better and more effective combs.
Lice cannot live off the head for more than 24 hours and begin to die after approximately 12 hours.
Lice can travel 9 inches per minute! They have 6 legs, which helps them move forward, backward and even sideways!
A nymph is a baby louse. Another word for nymph is “instar”.
A nymph goes through 3 molts before it becomes an adult.
Mating can occur as soon as 10 hours after third molt, although 24 hours is more common.
A nymph becomes an adult approximately 9-12 days after hatching.