A Slice of Lice

Welcome to our blog where we will share stories, tips and our thoughts related to lice, nits and getting rid of the bugs. Please feel free to comment, we know you're dying to share your lice story.

The Secret to Getting Rid of Super Lice

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Barbara.

Recently there has been a resurgence of news reports regarding the spread of ‘super lice’. With scare inducing headlines such as, Super Lice Now in 25 States! Yours Could Be Next!  The term ‘super lice’ has been given to lice that have become resistant to the pesticide pyrethroid,  which is the active ingredient found in most over-the-counter lice treatment products, such as Nix and Rid. However, ‘super lice’ are not only old news, they have no bearing on the ability to get rid of head lice.

The study which prompted these news reports was done by Kyong S. Yoon, PhD who explained that the momentum toward widespread pyrethroid-resistant lice has been building for years. The first report on this development came from Israel in the late 1990s.  Yoon became one of the first to report the phenomenon in the U.S. in 2000. As a lice removal specialist, I have been discussing this topic with my clients since 2008.

Coincidentally, Yoon’s research was reportedly funded by Sanofi, a pharmaceutical company that owns Sklice lotion, a new treatment product available only by prescription. That raises a red flag for me!  Since these news reports paint a picture of ‘super lice’ being indestructible by over-the-counter products, parents may believe they need to go to their pediatrician to get a prescription for an even stronger chemical treatment.

So I have decided to share the secret to getting rid of ‘super lice’.  Now, the key phrase here is ‘get rid of lice’, because that is what you need to do. Who says the lice need to be killed? Do you want dead bugs in your children’s hair? No!  Whether they are dead or alive, you want them out, right? The nits too. So with that being said, how do you get them out?

The best and most thorough way to get rid of lice is by using a combination of combing and nitpicking. Combing with a good metal nit comb (on wet hair with conditioner) will get out most of the bugs and nits. Follow that with strand-by-strand nit picking to get rid of the rest. Daily combing over the following two weeks will ensure that all lice and nits are removed and the life cycle is broken. (To learn how go to www.liceconnection.com/videos)

Of course, the safest, most effective way to get rid of any lice problem is to hire a professional lice removal specialist. For a list of reasons to use a professional click here: http://www.liceconnection.com/why-use-our-service/

There is no reason to panic. ‘Super lice’, mutant lice or whatever you choose to call them are the same head lice that have been around for centuries. No kryptonite needed!

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/head-lice-resistant-to-over-the-counter-products-in-25- states_55d36ff1e4b0ab468d9e91f5.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/18/health/mutant-lice/

Share and Share A Lice?

Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Barbara.

Share and Share Alike…this common term means ‘to encourage everyone to have an equal amount of something’. But when put in the context of a head lice infestation it ‘s more like Share and Share A Lice, because that’s exactly what happens when a lice infested person (more…)

shares a brush, comb or, especially at this time of year, a softball/baseball helmet.  I remember a few years ago, the head of a local girls’ softball league contacted me to ask if it was possible that sharing helmets could aid in the spread of head lice. He was not happy when I told him, ”Absolutely!”  Turned out the entire team had contracted head lice.  After that incident, they made it a league rule that every player had to have their own helmet.

Head lice are most commonly passed from person to person through head-to-head contact. The second most common way to spread lice is by sharing personal items such as brushes, combs and, yes, helmets too.  Head lice do not jump or fly but can stay on a hair left behind in a helmet, or crawl on the spongy helmet inserts. The good news is that if there are any lice in the helmet, they will die within 24 hours without a food source (your child’s scalp). To be sure there are no lice left in the helmet, remove any stray hairs (use a sticky lint roller or vacuum) and wipe down the helmet with rubbing alcohol.

So when it comes to softball/baseball season, unless you’re game for a head lice infestation, make sure your child has her/his own helmet.

The Buzz on Buzz Cuts – Not the Best Lice Treatment

Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by Barbara.

Many parent’s first instinct is to shave their son’s head when they find out he has head lice. Some even contemplate doing it to their daughters!  This is not the best lice treatment for a number of reasons. (more…)

If you do shave their head it would literally have to be bald to ensure no nits are left.  No crew cuts here.  It has to be down to the scalp.  Anything up to ¼ inch could still have nits on it. A buzz cut makes it hard to separate the hair to search for nits and to grab them to pull them out because the hair on top of the head sticks straight up like needles and the hair on the sides and back of the head are like tiny needles attached flat against the scalp. In addition, using a nit comb is key in head lice removal, but with hair that short, the nit comb has nothing to grab onto.

Although shorter hair, yes even a buzz cut, is great for head lice prevention. The truth is, longer hair on boys is easier to treat.

 

 

How to Get Rid Head of Lice

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Barbara.

Look up how to get rid of head lice on the internet and you will come up with many possible answers. But how do you know which method will work and what is folklore?

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To get rid of head lice you first need to understand the life cycle of the common head louse. When a bug lays a nit (louse egg) in someone’s hair, it will take 7-10 days to hatch. It will take another 7-10 days for that nymph (baby louse) to become
an adult. Each bug can lay up to 6 eggs a day. In order to get rid of head lice you must kill or remove all of the bugs but it is equally important to remove all of the eggs so they don’t hatch new bugs and start the infestation all over again.

Now, as far as treatment options go, there are many ‘home remedies’ you may have heard of such as applying mayonnaise or olive oil to the hair and leaving it on for several hours. This type of process is intended to suffocate lice. The suffocation method is unreliable (not to mention messy) and although it may potentially kill some bugs, suffocation does not kill or remove nits. Ask your doctor how to get rid of head lice and he/she might offer a prescription lice treatment. You should be aware that there are potential health risks associated with these products. Ask your pharmacist how to get rid of head lice and he/she will probably direct you to an over-the-counter treatment product. In recent years, lice have developed a resistance to many of these products. In addition to not killing all of the bugs, they do not get rid of nits and pose certain health risks as well.

As a head lice removal specialist at The Lice Connection in New York, I have seen clients who have tried all of the above treatment options and have been unsuccessful. So in answer to the question of how to get rid of head lice there are two other options that will work that are safe for your family’s health. One is to hire a professional service (which I strongly recommend for obvious reasons) and the other is to do all the work yourself.

Now, doing this yourself will require purchasing a non-toxic treatment product (there are many available on-line and in some more health conscious stores) and most importantly a good metal nit comb (there’s one available on our website). As I mentioned earlier, you must get rid of all of the nits as well as the bugs. Combing and inspection are the key to lice and nit removal. You should be prepared to comb and inspect the hair everyday for three weeks to be sure you have gotten every louse and nit. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts here. It is a tedious and time consuming job.

The other option that is sure to work is to hire a professional lice removal service. They can check your whole family for lice and treat as needed. A lice removal specialist can come to your home and use natural products and professional tools to remove all the lice and nits in a few hours. Your family will be able to return to school/work the next day. Look to hire someone who will educate you on lice removal and explain what you can do to prevent re-infestation. Ask a lice removal specialist how to get rid of head lice and he/she will tell you that hiring a professional service will ensure that the lice are gone for good. It will save you time, money and lots of frustration while giving you peace of mind.

A Slice of Lice Blog

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Barbara.

Welcome to our blog where we will share stories, tips and our thoughts related to lice, nits and getting rid of the bugs. Please feel free to comment, we know you’re dying to share your lice story.