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What are Nits and What do they look like?

Head lice are hard to see and even harder to deal with, but what do you do when someone starts to ask you about nits and getting rid of them? What even are nits and why are they such a big deal?

What Are Nits?

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Nits are lice eggs and it’s important to get rid of them so that the head lice don’t just come back when all the new eggs hatch. Female lice can lay 3 to 10 eggs a day, leaving behind a lot of nits. When checking for an infestation it’s more common to see the nits than the head lice crawling around, but it is important to remember the nits couldn’t have gotten there without the adult lice. As lice continue to lay more eggs, and eggs continue to hatch, the infestation worsens and the chance of spreading lice likens. It’s important when treating lice to be sure your treatment works for both adult lice and nits.

What Do Nits Look Like?

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Nits look like small, symmetrical ovals that head lice attach to close to the scalp. Often they are white or light in color and attach to the hair on a slight angle. These pesky little guys are hard to remove and will feel almost glued to the hair. Unlike dandruff or other similarly colored flecks, they will not be easily brushed out. Adult lice lay nits close to the scalp where the temperature is perfect for keeping the eggs warm until hatching. This close proximity also makes it hard to remove nits even by cutting or shaving hair. If you think you have nits but aren’t sure feel free to snap a photo to send to us or bring to ask our professionals.

How To Treat Nits?

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Not all lice treatments are created equal. Some treatments only treat adult lice and require a second treatment in hopes of catching the nits when they hatch. This system doesn’t always work and the process can continue on. Others use harsh chemicals to kill the two that aren’t always safe for the user either. At Lice Clinics of America, we use an innovative technique that uses no harsh chemicals and kills both head lice and nits the first time! Our signature AirAllé device uses heat to dehydrate lice and nits and safely rid you of all lice guaranteed!

Nits can cause all sorts of problems but Lice Clinics of America is here to help you get back to your day!

If you have any questions or need a head lice removal treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Lice Clinics of America – Chandler, which proudly serves Chandler, Gilbert and surrounding areas, we are here to help! Our heated removal process guarantees to remove head lice in 1 quick and safe treatment. Let your kids and family members get back to the things they enjoy! Call us today to schedule an appointment at (602) 362-7499!

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3 Common Ways Adults Get Head Lice

As adults it always seems to be a shock when we or someone of our age has head lice. We think of lice as the nasty critters that plagued our childhood classrooms not our adulthood. Unfortunately, head lice don’t see age and can affect adults just as much as children.

Adults do have a few advantages though when fighting off lice infestations. They tend to be more hygienic and aware of the threat at hand making it easier to for adults to stay diligent and take steps to avoiding lice. Here are 3 common ways adults get head lice so you can be aware and avoid them in the future:

1. Direct Contact

Direct head to head contact is the most common way head lice spread. Lice cannot jump or fly but instead crawl, so when our heads are in close contact it is easiest for the lice to move to a new host. Think of things like hugging, laying on the floor with friends or kids, or being in a crowded space. Any of these instances where your hair or heads brush together allow the lice to move from one host to the next.

2. Sharing

Sharing is usually caring, except when head lice are involved. Items like scarves, hair accessories, hats, jackets, or hoodies can all help transfer head lice. During times of outbreaks it’s best not to share items and even still, it’s best to bring your own or check items before use. Lice can live up to 24 hours out of human hair in the proper conditions and items like these can easily transfer them from person to person.

3. Our Families

We love our families and especially as the adult in the household it’s our responsibility to take care of them even when they have head lice. Children or other family members with lice is one of the leading causes of outbreaks in the entire family, adults included. To avoid this, it’s best to follow the above rules. Avoid head to head or direct contact until they are clear of lice. Do not share items that they have encountered and be sure to clean thoroughly. You can find proper head lice cleaning tips here. It’s hard not to hold and comfort your loved one in tough times, but lice can be easily taken care of and Lice Clinics of America is here for you!

If you do find yourself with a head lice problem don’t hesitate to give us a call or come into Lice Clinics of America. Our signature AirAllé device removes both lice and nits fast using heat and no harsh chemicals. The AirAllé treatment is backed by our lice free guarantee and performed by our trained lice removal professionals. Whether an adult or child in your family has lice we are here to help you and get your family back to enjoying their day!

If you have any questions or need a head lice removal treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Lice Clinics of America – Chandler, which proudly serves Chandler, Gilbert and surrounding areas, we are here to help! Our heated removal process guarantees to remove head lice in 1 quick and safe treatment. Let your kids and family members get back to the things they enjoy! Call us today to schedule an appointment at (602) 362-7499!

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Dandruff vs. Head Lice

Having an itchy head is never a great feeling but thinking it’s head lice can make it even worse. Often unless dandruff has been a past problem lice is one of the first concerns on our mind when our scalps begin to itch. Thinking you have head lice when it’s really just dandruff can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. That is why it’s important to know the different signs of head lice and dandruff. 

What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common condition that causes the skin on the head to flake and in many cases itching. It can be caused by a variety of things from dry skin and not shampooing enough to irritated oily skin and a sensitivity to hair care products. Dandruff only affects those with the condition and is not in any way contagious or transferable.

What are Head Lice?

Head lice are small insects that attach to human hosts’ hair and feed off their blood. They attach to the hair and lay their eggs near the scalp. Unlike common belief a lice infestation is not a sign of poor hygiene or unclean living environment, just that you came in contact with another infested person. Head lice are spread by direct contact from host to host and are transferable from one person to another.

The Difference in Symptoms?

While both dandruff and head lice cause an itchy scalp that’s really where their similarities end. The itching dandruff causes is caused by dry, flakey skin and often the clumps of skin can be felt in the hair. While the itching caused by lice is from the moving bugs. Occasionally lice can be felt moving in the hair. Signs of head lice include itching and rash or redness around the neck, ears, and shoulders. As well as visible lice and nits upon inspection. Dandruff symptoms include white flakes that fall from the hair, oily or dry scalp, and scaly skin on the scalp. 

How to Treat Dandruff?

Dandruff can usually be treated very easily. For mild cases it is best to start by simply washing the hair with regular shampoo daily to prevent the build up of oils and cells. If this doesn’t work switch to a medicated dandruff shampoo. There are several different types of dandruff shampoos and it may take awhile to find the one best suited for your hair. Be sure to follow the directions for the shampoo. You can also help by following a healthier diet, getting more sun, and limiting the amount of hair styling products you use. 

How to Treat Head Lice?

Head lice may seem a bit more daunting than dandruff, but it can be just as easy to treat. With Lice Clinics of America, we can treat it faster than dandruff! Our signature AirAllé device uses heat to rid lice and nits in just one hour! Our trained technicians are experts in getting rid of lice and our treatment is backed by our lice free guarantee! The AirAllé device is state of the art and rids not just lice but super lice and nits too!

Don’t be stuck itching your head and wondering if it’s dandruff or lice. Know the signs and be ready to take them on! Whether it’s dandruff or head lice be prepared and confident that you can tackle any stressful itch.

If you have any questions or need a head lice removal treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Lice Clinics of America – Chandler, which proudly serves Chandler, Gilbert and surrounding areas, we are here to help! Our heated removal process guarantees to remove head lice in 1 quick and safe treatment. Let your kids and family members get back to the things they enjoy! Call us today to schedule an appointment at (602) 362-7499!