5 Facts about Head Lice

Head lice infestations are on the rise and hair lice treatment salons like the Lice Treatment Center of Clear Lake are providing new options for lice treatment that are natural, convenient, and more effective than traditional treatments.

While lice are not dangerous they are a nuisance and can be very difficult to treat effectively.  The first step to an effective treatment is to stay informed and be persistent.

Here are five facts about head lice that you need to know:

  1. Head lice are an increasing problem because the lice are developing resistance to the traditional over the counter pesticide products.  These solutions contain pediculicides and may have harmful side effects to the children or adults who are receiving treatment as well as pregnant or nursing mothers who are administering treatment.  For this reason, people are turning to natural remedies which are not only more effective, but safer for the health of our children.
  2. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene.  Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting lice.
  3. Poor sleep can be symptom of a head lice infestation.  Lice are most active when it is dark and the itchiness of an infestation will often keep the affected person awake at night.  Other symptoms may include a tickling feeling of something moving in the hair and sores on the head caused by scratching.
  4. Head lice cannot live without a human scalp.  Lice cannot live on pets and they cannot survive without a human host for more than 48 hours.  However, they can lay eggs in the 48 hour period that can hatch later in the same week.  While your main focus should be on treating the hair, necessary steps to clean your house is an important part of the process to control the spread of the lice.
  5.  One female louse can lay up to up to 150 eggs!  A female head louse lays nits (lice eggs) by cementing them directly to the base of the hair strand so that they can enjoy the warmth of the scalp. The eggs are about the size of a sesame seed and are difficult to spot. Nits are attached to one side of a hair shaft at an angle and are light grey in color. Manual removal or “nit picking” is a necessary part to any head lice treatment program so that all eggs are removed before they hatch.

Lice spread very easily, so if your child has lice it is important that you tell the people who are in close contact with your child.  The key to an effective head lice treatment is to stay informed and to be very persistent.

 

 

 

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