Every parent should know the basics about what head lice are, where they come from and how to identify them. When you know what to watch for, you have a greater chance of catching the problem early on. Here are Five Fast Facts about head lice to be aware of:
Fact #1 – What do Adult Lice Look Like?
Head lice are very small, parasitic bugs that literally feed off of the human scalp several times per day. They go through a thirty-day life cycle in which a female adult can lay hundreds of eggs. Adult head lice measure 2 to 3 mm in length – comparable to a sesame seed. Their coloring is brown or sometimes considered almost transparent which makes them blend in easily with hair color. Each insect has six legs, with claws attached to the end that they use to crawl from hair strand to hair strand. Although they are visible with the naked eye, they can move very quickly to scurry away from direct sunlight.
Fact #2 – What is a Nit?
Nits, or lice eggs, are yellowish white in color and can often be confused with dandruff or flakes of skin. They are normally very near the base of the scalp and much more difficult to remove than dandruff or dry skin. They are more yellow in color as they grow and become more white after the louse has hatched and the egg is empty.
Fact #3 – Head Lice Are Not Considered Dangerous, Just a Nuisance.
Although head lice can create horrible itching, red bites and allergic reactions that create soreness on the scalp, they are technically not considered a medical emergency. Non-treatment can lead to infections if head lice persist, however. We recommend getting treated immediately to reduce the risk of irritation and spreading. Head lice are extremely contagious which does make them a difficult pest to get rid of. The most common symptoms include itchiness and red bites. These typically take 3 weeks to start becoming prominent enough after the initial infection that a parent would notice. For this reason, it is wise to check your child’s scalp often to watch for signs or signals.
Fact #4 – Direct Contact and Sharing Accessories Most Common Way to Contract Head Lice
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention show us that head lice are most often passed through direct contact. This can mean anything from a hug, sharing a seat, putting your arm around a friend, or leaning in for a secret. Head lice and their nits can be transferred in a second to someone unknowingly. They may be lingering on the scalp, in the hair strands or even the nape of the neck. The second most common way head lice are passed on is through the sharing of accessories that are hiding head lice or nits. Hats, scarves, hoodies, combs, brushes, towels or any item that has recently been used by someone with head lice. Lice cannot fly or jump, but they are able to hold onto the fibers of fabric or other items and be easily transferred to a new host who uses the same item.
Fact #5 – Lice Clinics of America Offers You the Best Solutions
Home remedies are quickly proving to be a thing of the past. Over the counter shampoos and treatments are publically known to not work. The future of head lice removal is the technology used by Lice Clinics of America, the AirAllé head lice treatment. This genius innovation in killing head lice and their eggs uses the method of dehydration to destroy nits and kill head lice in a single, non-invasive treatment. Our professional staff is prepared to help you end your head lice nightmare once and for all. Come in today to see which of our many treatment options is best for you.