When your child starts attending school, there are so many things you have to worry about. You’ll be concerned about whether they’ll make friends, enjoy their activities, or earn good grades. There’s one issue in schools, however, that we never seem to be prepared enough for yet is mercilessly common: a dreaded head lice infestation.
Head lice are flightless parasites that burrow in and feed on the human scalp. Head lice infestations are troublesome but non-fatal. That said, they are known to spread more commonly in very young schoolchildren. Girls are more likely to become infested than boys, but there is no evidence that indicates it is due to poor hygiene or to weather conditions. Symptoms of infestation include a tingling sensation, itching, or finding sores on the head or neck. The itching and irritation can be very uncomfortable and cause trouble sleeping.
The school nurse or health advisor may diagnose an infestation by looking closely at an infected child’s scalp to discover either live adult insects or their eggs or nits (empty eggshells). Lice can spread from person to person via head-to-head contact. Young children who are not aware of their infestation can unknowingly pass on the parasite to one another during playtime or when doing activities together. Consequently, they may infect other people in their homes prior to an infestation being detected.
Traditional Ways of Treating Lice
There are two methods that have been traditionally used for treating head lice, wet combing and OTC medicated shampoos. Both of these methods are ineffective against treating lice and are therefore falling out of use.
The wet-combing method is when a fine-toothed comb specially made for catching lice is run through wet hair slowly several times to remove the insects. This method can be time-consuming and must be repeated several times every two to three days. While this is a safe and simple method, it does not kill the lice, and it is possible to miss some and have the infestation start all over again.
OTC Medicated Shampoos
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medicated shampoos, and lotions are available at most drugstores. These medicines are called topical pediculicides. Depending on the severity and quantity of lice present, some may need to repeat the application of medicine after seven days to ensure they are able to kill the lice. Unfortunately, studies show that most species of head lice have developed a resistance to these pediculicides.
Modern Effective Lice Treatment with the AirAllé®
The current, effective, and safe way to treat lice is through dehydration with the AirAllé® Device. This device can dehydrate and kill both lice and their eggs by blowing warm air via an applicator along the scalp and through the strands of hair. This method lifts entrenched lice and its eggs up and away from the scalp. Wet combing is then done to ensure the complete removal of the insects from the hair strands.
The entire process to kill lice with the AirAllé® Device takes 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the infestation. The benefit of using this device is that no pesticides or chemicals are applied to the scalp making it a safer and more effective option.
Don’t Wait for Your Child’s Head Lice Problem Get out of Control!
Infestations may be unavoidable and are definitely one of the last things any parent or child would want to be inconvenienced with. Luckily, there are many remedies available in the market today. For the best and quickest results, consult a lice removal specialist who can provide you with a potent and time-saving treatment.
Professional Head Lice Removal Service in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Savannah
We offer highly effective, painless, and quick hair lice removal in Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA. Fresh Heads Lice Removal uses patented our AirAllé® treatment with over 450,000 customers served. Contact us today so we can take your worries away!
Schools Without Lice
At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to eradicate lice from schools across the country. To accomplish that mission, we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create a program called Schools Without Lice. Through this program, we can provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!