Does Lice Shampoo Work?

Does Lice Shampoo Work?

For parents treating their child with lice, it can be overwhelming to carefully select a lice shampoo, only to discover that it doesn’t work. At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we often talk to parents who tell us that they tried using lice shampoo on their child, and it either didn’t kill the lice, or the lice returned. These parents express frustration over wasting time and money using a product that they feel made false claims of effectiveness.

There can be many reasons for a lice treatment to not be effective, so we’ll take a look at the possible reasons. It’s important for parents to realize that not all lice treatments are created equally. Unfortunately, many products boast claims that are unscientific at best, and downright dishonest at worst.

Traditional Lice Treatments

Traditional lice shampoos face challenges to their effectiveness due to the room for error in clinical trials. Many also face the risk of making false claims.

Room for Error in Clinical Trials

Many times, during the testing for a lice shampoo’s efficacy, the lice are placed into a petri dish with the product. The reduces the accuracy of the test, since the lice are no longer in their natural environment. They have been taken away from their source of food, and can no longer cling to strands of hair.

When the trials are conducted with people, many times the trial is not structured to follow up with them. The participants use the shampoo, state if it worked, and then leave. No one comes back to them weeks later to find out if the lice came back.

False Claims of Being “Pesticide-Free”

Head louse treatments are referred to as ‘pediculicides’ because they kill lice, but it is important to remember that lice are both insects and pests. This means that if a traditional lice shampoo effectively kills lice, it contains an insecticide or pesticide.

Understanding these distinctions is important as you select a lice treatment for your child. Don’t be fooled by lice shampoos that make false claims of being “pesticide free” or “insecticide free” on their labels.

Homeopathic Lice Treatments

Homeopathic lice shampoos face challenges to their efficacy due to the fact that they are not subject to testing by the FDA, and that they have ineffective modes of introduction.

Exemption from FDA Testing

Homeopathic lice shampoos make claims to “kill lice naturally” using plant extracts or other naturally occurring compounds. These products are marketed differently and not subject to the same FDA approval process. Because of this, many of these lice treatments are never even tested on lice in the formulation offered for sale.

Ineffective Modes of Introduction

Another common reason for a homeopathic lice treatment to not work is its strength and mode of introduction. To be effective, active ingredients would need to either be absorbed through the exoskeleton the louse or must be eaten to be toxic to the louse. It’s possible that in a homeopathic lice shampoo, the active ingredients wouldn’t retain its insecticidal activity after being rinsed off because it wouldn’t be in contact with the lice long enough to be toxic to them. It is also unlikely that lice would ingest anything that did not come from the blood of its host.

Safe and Effective Lice Treatment

Selecting an effective lice treatment for your child can be overwhelming. We pride ourselves on being a lice service that your family can rely on to help you safely diagnose, treat, or prevent a full-blown lice infestation.

We are committed to safely and quickly removing head lice so your child can return to normal life as soon as possible. We help you select the most effective lice treatment option for your child so that we can help get your child the relief they need at an affordable price. If your child’s lice treatment is not working, contact us today—we’d love to help!

 

Is Lice Shampoo Safe for Kids?

Is Lice Shampoo Safe for Kids?

After discovering that their child has lice, many parents immediately become concerned about the safety of lice treatment products. This concern turns to distress at such times as the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration that Lindane, an ingredient once commonly found in lice treatment products, has been linked to nerve damage.

While it can feel overwhelming for parents, they are determined to find the most effective lice treatment for their child that will not expose them to any adverse side effects. At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our goal is to uncover what health risks these popular treatments pose, and to offer a safer alternative.

How Lindane Works

Long thought of as the most effective lice treatment available, Lindane is in a class of medications called scabicides and pediculicides that are used to treat lice.  Lindane works by damaging the nervous system of the louse. Once the nervous system shuts down, the insect becomes permanently paralyzed and dies as a result of not being able to feed.

Treatment Risks

The problem is, Lindane makes no distinction between the nervous system of a louse and the nervous system of a child. According to medlineplus.gov, once the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, a child may experience headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, uncontrolled bodily shaking, or seizures. The FDA recommends that Lindane be used only with extreme caution in anyone weighing less than 110 pounds, which would include most school-aged children.

Still Available by Prescription

After the FDA warnings, Lindane is still available, although only now by prescription. It is considered to be a last line of defense by doctors, who prescribe it to treat persistent cases.

Lice Shampoos Today

As Lindane became available only by prescription, other treatments took its place in stores. The most commonly found ingredients in lice shampoos today are Pyrethrum and Permethrin. Pyrethrum is a botanical insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum plant. Permethrin is a man-made or artificial version of Pyrethrum. While they are purported to be safer than Lindane, they still present a risk as they still function by attacking the nervous system of the louse.

Fresh Heads Lice Removal, A Safer Solution

Not only are there identified dangers of using OTC Lice Shampoo, they simply are ineffective at treating lice and killing nits since the advent of Super Lice. At Fresh Heads, we have a safe and effective approach to lice treatment. We stop lice in their tracks using AirAllé®, a completely safe FDA cleared medical device, so that we can help your child return to life as normal as quickly as possible.

AirAllé® kills lice and lice eggs through dehydration, and a single one-hour treatment kills head lice and 99.2% of lice eggs. Because the AirAllé® device is so effective at killing lice eggs, which are difficult for traditional lice products to kill, the chances of your child needing a follow-up treatment is very small. Most importantly, it is entirely safe for your child.

At Fresh Heads, we pride ourselves on being a lice service that your family can rely on to help you safely diagnose, treat, or prevent a full-blown lice infestation. We are committed to safely and quickly removing head lice.

We can identify eggs or lice at any stage of infestation. We help you select the most effective lice treatment option for your child so that we can help get your child the relief they need at an affordable price. To learn more about our list of services and featured products, contact us today!

Can Head Lice Transmit Disease?

Can Head Lice Transmit Disease?

It’s common for parents to become concerned when they learn that their child has head lice. But beyond being a huge nuisance, can head lice transmit disease or pose a health risk? Rest assured, the CDC says there are no reliable data to suggest that head lice carry or transmit disease organisms.

However, DNA technology has shown that head lice are the same species as the body louse which has long been associated with diseases such as typhus and relapsing fever. While this may suggest that it is possible for head lice to carry diseases, no cases have been reported. Here are some other important myth-busting facts to know about head lice treatment.

Myth: Swimming in the Pool Will Kill Head Lice.

Fact: Swimming in a chlorinated pool or hot tub will not kill head lice, unfortunately. Lice are very hearty pests that can survive in water and resist most chemicals, including chlorine. Since they are firmly attached to the hair, it will also have no impact on killing the nits or eggs.

Myth: Home Remedies are Effective in Treating Head Lice.

Fact: This myth is untrue and potentially unsafe. Home remedies that involve wrapping the head with substances like olive oil, butter or coconut oil in attempt to “smother” lice are not effective. They may even lead to injury and suffocation in small children. More alarming is the myth that hazardous substances such as gasoline or kerosene can kill lice. These substances are highly toxic and flammable and should never be used on a person.

Myth: Over-the-Counter Products are the Best Solution.

Fact: Not true. Research has clearly shown that pesticide-based head lice treatments are hazardous to your health and ineffective. Most contain dangerous synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids. The two most commonly found in OTC lice treatment products are permethrin and lindane. These chemicals have been proven to be toxic and have alarming side effects such as allergic reactions, wheezing, skin burning and behavioral problems.

AirAllé at Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Centers

Treating head lice safely, quickly and effectively is what every parent wants. With Fresh Heads’ signature AirAllé treatment, it’s possible. AirAllé is FDA-cleared and proven to be safe and effective at killing and removing lice and their eggs. Our rate of efficacy is 99.2%— far higher than that of over-the-counter head lice treatments. We can treat your child’s head lice in as little as one hour and back it with a 45-day retreatment policy. Call one of our locations today to learn more.

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How to Get Rid of Lice Fast

Finding out that your child has head lice can cause a great deal of stress and uncertainty. Parents frequently ask, “What is the fastest way to get rid of head lice?” Fortunately, we have the answer! At Fresh Heads, our professional lice treatment with AirAllé is one of the fastest, safest and most effective solutions available today.

What is AirAllé?

AirAllé is a totally effective, nontoxic head lice removal treatment that has been FDA-cleared. This science-based procedure kills lice through dehydration without the use of harsh chemicals. Its unique, single-use applicator tip was specifically designed to penetrate beyond the insulating layer of the hair.

Through this process, the hair is lifted slightly while airflow aims directly onto lice and eggs—which tend to be located near the scalp and hair roots. Through AirAllé’s patented combination of heat, airflow, time and technique, both head lice and its eggs are safely and successfully killed.

The AirAllé professional lice treatment is extremely safe and gentle for the entire family. It’s also the most efficient way to safely treat head lice today. In fact, it is more than twice as effective at killing head lice than hazardous over-the-counter lice shampoo products.  Check out our comparison chart and see how it stacks up against other treatments on the market.

Fresh Heads’ Signature Treatment

Our signature AirAllé treatment can be completed in as little as one hour. It begins with a 30-minute warm air session. One of our trained technicians will go over the entire head gently using the hand-held device as it blows dry, heated air. This process is what kills the head lice and their eggs.

The technician will then perform a thorough comb-out to ensure that any dehydrated eggs that are left behind are removed. The final step is a special conditioning rinse that helps ensure you leave our clinic with fresh, lice-free hair.

Professional Lice Treatment Centers

The discovery of head lice shouldn’t send your family into chaos. At Fresh Heads, we want to empower parents with the safest and most effective method to treat your family’s head lice. With over 450,000 treatments performed and less than 1% of our clients needing to be re-treated, we stand behind our Signature AirAllé Treatment for 45 days. Call us today to learn more about our treatments or to schedule an appointment.

Hair Straightening vs. Lice

Can You Treat Head Lice with Hair Straighteners?

There is no secret that heat is a big enemy of head lice. Many people wonder if hair straighteners are a good solution for eliminating lice infestations. Let’s look at why thoroughly straightening hair is not the best way to get rid of lice.

Head Lice vs. Heat

Heat absolutely does kill lice. The FDA-cleared AirAllé® machine uses heated-air to immediately dehydrate and kill lice and their eggs (nits). Straightening your hair can result in eliminating some head lice. However, this method will not completely get rid of all the lice and their nits.

Thoroughly straightening your hair cannot cover the areas frequented by lice because they dwell very close to the scalp. There will always be surviving lice and nits continuing their life cycle and preventing you from completely clearing the head lice infestation.

Safety Concerns for Children

Using a hot, in-home device for killing lice is dangerous for children with infestations. A child’s sensitive skin burns far more easily than an adult’s, making the risk for an accidental burn very high. Burns can result in permanent scarring, depending on the severity. When it comes to children, it’s best to take safety precautions into consideration when searching for the best way to get rid of lice.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Lice

If you or your child have an infestation, don’t settle for half-measures when treating head lice. Consult a lice removal professional with the FDA-cleared AirAllé® machine. Fresh Heads Lice Removal only uses certified methods that are free of toxic chemicals and won’t risk burning anyone’s scalp. Fresh Heads Lice Removal stands behinds every AirAllé service with a 45-day re-treatment guarantee and even offers a unique lifetime protection plan. Call to schedule head lice screening and removal treatment today!

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How to Get Rid of Head Lice Safely and Quickly

Everyone wants to get rid of head lice as quick as possible, but they can be persistent little buggers! Many people turn to shampoos and other chemical methods that can not only be harsh, but are becoming less effective.  So with these chemical-based treatments becoming less effective, what is the best way to get rid of head lice safely and quickly?

The AirAllé® Machine Is the Most Effective Way to Get Rid of Head Lice

Fresh Heads’ AirAllé® machine is an FDA-cleared medical machine that is highly effective at killing head lice and their eggs in one treatment. It has proven to be 99.2% in a single treatment, and it does it without any chemicals or pesticides! The AirAllé® machine blasts lice and their eggs with carefully controlled warm air. This dehydrates and ultimately kills the lice and their eggs. This simple method is not only safer than chemical treatments ands shampoos, it is much more effective.

Winning the War Against Lice

According to the CDC, 6 million to 12 million children in the U.S. get head lice every year. Head lice affect everyone regardless of gender, race, cleanliness, or wealth. Unfortunately, the old, chemical-based methods for removing lice backfired and created a new form of pesticide-resistant lice known as Super Lice. In Scientific American’s aptly titled article, Revenge of the Super Lice: “Overexposure to insecticides has bred resistance in the parasites, making it harder than ever to treat infestation.”

Head lice are no laughing matter. The longer they’re there on the scalp, the more uncomfortable it gets. Worse yet, more people will be at risk if the lice and their eggs aren’t removed as soon as possible.

The AirAllé® treatment is equally effective against regular head lice and these pesticide-resistant Super Lice.

Call Fresh Heads to Get Rid of Head Lice Quickly and Safely

Are you wary of chemical treatments or have you tried them already? Chemical treatments, hair dyes, home remedies, and other untested techniques can range from simply ineffective to downright dangerous. Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Centers are here for you with a safe, effective alternative that is 100% chemical-free. Our AirAllé® treatment is 99.2% effective at killing head lice and their eggs in one treatment. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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How to Get Rid of Head Lice in Orlando

Every day we have frantic parents asking us how to get rid of head lice in Orlando. They’ve been bombarded with misinformation and ineffective lice treatment tips. So, what’s a parent to do? There’s one clear answer for treating head lice in Orlando— Fresh Heads.

The Dangers of OTC Lice Treatment Products

Want to know how to get rid of head lice in Orlando? It’s traditionally been attempted with the use of harsh chemicals and OTC lice shampoos. But these products are never the answer to treating head lice. Their toxic ingredients cause serious health problems in both children and adults. Many, such as lindane, have been shown to cause cancer. Some of the other alarming side effects of OTC lice treatments include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Wheezing/coughing
  • Damage to the nervous, reproductive and hormonal systems
  • Hives
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Scalp irritation or burning
  • Skin redness and burning
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Excitability and convulsions

What is Super Lice and Why Won’t Chemicals Kill It?

Certain strains of head lice have become drug-resistant. These have become known as “super lice” and they are seriously stubborn. These super lice that were once treatable by OTC remedies can now survive most chemical products on the market. That’s why getting rid of head lice in Orlando is best left to the experts at Fresh Heads.

AirAllé— The Best Way to Get Rid of Head Lice in Orlando.

AirAllé is the most effective, non-toxic answer to head lice removal. This FDA-cleared, science-based treatment kills lice and eggs in their tracks. It combines a precisely formulated combination of heat, air flow, time and technique to kill head lice and its eggs through dehydration.

Our Signature Treatment

The Signature AirAllé treatment at Fresh Heads begins with a 30-minute warm air session. One of our expert technicians goes gently over the entire head using the hand-held device as it blows dry, heated air. This process kills the head lice and its eggs. The technician then performs a thorough comb-out to ensure that the dehydrated eggs that are left behind are removed. A special conditioning rinse is the final step of this pleasant and effective lice treatment.

AirAllé is gentle on your family and it’s the most powerful tool against head lice. Check out this comparison chart and see for yourself. Fresh Heads’ signature AirAllé treatment is more than twice as effective at killing head lice than traditional OTC products!

Contact Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Center for Help

Figuring out how to get rid of head lice in Orlando isn’t as stressful as it once was. Leave it to the experts at Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Center! We provide seriously effective head lice treatment without all the hassle. You can sleep at night knowing that your child wasn’t exposed to hazardous chemicals. Call today to learn more about our treatments or to schedule an appointment!

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How Long Do Head Lice Live?

When you’re in the throes of treating head lice, it might seem like the stubborn pests are immortal. But the life span of head lice is actually not long at all, especially once removed from a human host. So how long do head lice actually live?

What Is the Life Cycle of Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem, especially in school aged children. Understanding their life cycle can help when it comes to treating head lice. The head lice life cycle has three stages: nit (egg), nymph and louse (adult).

Nits are head lice eggs that resemble tiny whitish or yellowish specks. They can be difficult to find and are sometimes mistaken for dandruff or dry scalp. The female louse lays these eggs closest to the scalp at the base of the hair shaft. Nits can take about a week to hatch.

Nymphs hatch from the nits and are usually a dull yellow in color. A nymph resembles an adult louse but is much smaller in size. A nymph is considered an adult about seven days after hatching from its egg.

Louses, or adult head lice, are about the size of a sesame seed and are tan to grayish in color. The females are usually larger than the males and can lay up to eight nits a day. A louse can live for up to 30 days.

How Long Do Lice Live?

Head lice are parasitic insects that require a human host to live off of. Lice can live for up to 30 days on the human scalp with blood as their nourishment.

Once adult head lice are removed from the human host, they won’t survive for more than 24-48 hours. The nits can’t survive off of the human host either, as they require the warmth from the scalp during incubation. They also need blood as soon as they hatch for nourishment.

This means that after treating head lice in your family, lice can’t survive on items in your home for more than a day or two. You’ll only need to treat items that have come in contact with the person treated for head lice in the last 48 hours. And since head lice can only live off of human blood, there’s no need to worry about your beloved pets.

What Is the Best Method for Treating Head Lice?

Treating head lice as soon as possible will stop the vicious cycle and make your life easier. Unfortunately, there are plenty of treatments on the market that are simply not effective. You also face the risk of exposing your family to harsh, toxic chemicals with typical over-the-counter remedies.

Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Centers are proud to treat head lice with non-toxic, safe and effective methods. Our FDA-cleared AirAllé treatment happens to be one of the most effective treatments available today. The treatment system utilizes heated air to essentially kill lice and nits through dehydration, and it’s revolutionized the way lice is treated. Schedule an appointment with one of our trained technicians today.

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/biology.html
https://freshheadsliceremoval.com/category/house-cleaning-tips/

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Why Do Kids Get Lice More than Adults?

It’s probably safe to say that most of us sailed through our early adult years never giving head lice much thought. It wasn’t until children entered the picture that we were abruptly reminded of these persistent parasites. It seems like head lice and school children go hand-in-hand. But do kids really get head lice more than adults? Savannah head lice treatment center Fresh Heads has the answer!

What are Head Lice and How Do They Spread?

Head lice are human parasites that live on the scalp and feed off human blood. They don’t pose any major health threat, though they can cause extreme itching and irritation. They can cause redness, bumps and sores from scratching.

Head lice do not jump or fly. They move by crawling from one host to another. They also can be spread by sharing personal items that they’ve crawled onto, such as hair brushes and hats. However, since lice can only live 1 to 2 days without human blood, they can’t survive on these items for long.

Why Do Kids Get Head Lice More than Adults?

The answer is pretty straightforward. It’s not that the pesky critters prefer children’s blood to adult’s. It’s the simple fact that kids are in closer contact with one another on a daily basis.

Young kids don’t have much regard for personal space. Because of this they frequently commit the number one lice spreading no-no: head to head contact. They could be cozying up during story time, hugging their best pal or huddling together at a sleepover. There’s a lot of that head to head contact going on regularly, which head lice thrive on. It’s also worth noting that girls are more likely to get head lice because the pests can more easily climb onto their long hair.

Another fact is that children share and swap personal items without giving it without a second thought. They may try on each other’s hats, borrow hair accessories, exchange ear buds or share a pillow at a slumber party. Girls adore brushing, styling and braiding each other’s hair—all while using the same brush. Sharing these items could potentially spread lice if they’ve been exposed in the past 24 to 48 hours.

Treating Lice Safely & Effectively

If your child comes home with lice, the sooner you treat it, the easier your life will be. Just steer clear of harsh OTC chemical treatments that you might find at your local drug store. Their ingredients are toxic and have been shown to cause health issues such as behavioral problems in kids. Plus, they don’t work.

For safe lice treatment you can trust, visit our Savannah lice treatment center. Our signature AirAllé treatment is chemical-free and FDA-cleared, using hot air to stop lice in their tracks. We also carry an extensive line of all-natural, great-smelling hair care products, including preventative products. With 4 convenient locations located in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Orlando, and Savannah, there is a Fresh Heads near you! Call us today at (912) 988-4099.

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Will Head Lice Go Away on Its Own?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a staggering 6-10 million people each year contract head lice. It’s an all too common problem that can take weeks or months to get rid of. Some people hope against the odds that it will eventually go away on its own. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The good news is, it doesn’t take toxic chemical treatments to do the trick. A highly effective pesticide-free head lice treatment is the most sought-after lice treatment on the market right now.

Why Head Lice Won’t Go Away on Its Own

Head lice will not go away on its own when they have what they need to survive. Head lice, scientifically known as Pediculus humanus capitis, are parasites. They completely depend on human blood and the shelter provided by human hair to survive. As long as they have that food and shelter, they are able to stay alive.

Head Lice Multiplication

Head lice won’t eventually die off on their own. And, in fact, they multiply very rapidly when left alone. This means that the longer you avoid treatment, the bigger the problem will be. A female louse can live for up to 30 days on the human scalp, laying about 50 eggs per week. Those eggs take about a week to hatch, continuing the vicious cycle. A child left untreated for 5 weeks can have up to 4,000 live lice and 100,000 nits.

Chemical Treatments vs. Pesticide-Free Head Lice Treatments

The most critical step in eliminating a head lice infestation is using an effective lice treatment. Over-the-counter lice shampoos dominated the market for decades, but are finally losing popularity. Lice have become resistant to these toxic chemicals, and the products are no longer very effective.

Many of these OTC products contain ingredients called pyrethroids. These are the same synthetic chemicals found in many pesticides. The most common ingredient, permethrin, has been shown to be carcinogenic. It has other health hazards, including allergic reactions, headaches, dizziness, hyperactivity and seizures.

Fortunately, the most effective way to kill head lice is with a pesticide-free head lice treatment called AirAllé. Instead of chemicals, this FDA-cleared device uses heated air to dehydrate and destroy lice and their eggs. This treatment has been clinically shown to be 99.2% effective, while OTC products containing permethrin are only 45% effective at best.

Pesticide-Free Lice Treatment in Jacksonville, Orlando and Savannah

So while head lice won’t go away on its own, there’s no need to despair. In a painless one-hour session, Fresh Heads can solve your lice problem. One of our technicians will treat the entire scalp with warm air from the device. That is followed by a traditional comb-out to remove the dehydrated eggs and a pleasant post-rinse application. Visit our Facts & FAQs page to learn more about head lice and the most effective ways to treat it.