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What to Do When You Get Head Lice

Getting head lice yourself or having a child with head lice can be overwhelming and stressful. It is common to panic a little and not know what to do first. There are so many myths and so much hype surrounding head lice it is hard not to feel stressed out trying to find the best way to handle your new situation. That’s why Lice Clinics of America is here to help make your life easier! We’ve put together a list of 4 things you can do to help make getting rid of lice go smoothly and stress free:

1. Do Not Stress

Having head lice usually causes stress right away for most people. Whether it’s you or your child, it can be stressful not knowing where it came from or what to do next. The best thing to do though is stay calm and know there is help. Panic and stress will only make the situation worse. Relax and focus on making a plan instead. Lice Clinics of America is only a call away and can help with any lice advice you may need.

2. Call Work and School

Informing those you or your infested family member have been around is important to help stop further spread of lice. If it is you, be sure to let your work know and also let them know you will be out for a few hours to take care of things. If it is your child letting their school know can help them prevent a large outbreak or find out if another student may have brought it in. We know this is often embarrassing for people, but the truth is anyone can get head lice and it is important to remember you could be helping stop the spread of further outbreaks.

3. Clean

You may feel the need to do some extreme cleaning after finding head lice anywhere in your home, but it does not have to be too intense. Head lice can’t live more than 24-48 hours without a host. Cleaning is important but a simple deep clean will do the trick. No big cleaning companies needed. Simply vacuum and wash floors, wash and dry all bedding and clothing that came in contact with the lice or person. You can follow our head lice cleaning tips here for more help!

4. Get Treated

Treating head lice at home can be tempting but over the years it has become less and less effective with the increasing number of super lice. Super lice are chemical resistant lice that are not effected by the chemicals found in many over the counter (OTC) lice products. Getting treated professionally can help guarantee that all lice, super lice, and eggs are truly gone. At Lice Clinics of America, we use our signature AirAllé medical device to remove lice without chemicals. The AirAllé device uses heat to dehydrate lice without using any chemicals and kills all lice and eggs, including super lice. We guarantee you’ll leave lice free and able to get back to work and school.

Don’t let head lice stress you out! Let Lice Clinics of America help you get lice free and back to your life today!

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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How long have You had Head Lice?

It’s happened and you definitely have head lice! You immediately have a million questions. Where did they come from? What do you do to get rid of them? And probably the scariest of all how long have they been there? It can be unsettling not knowing how long they’ve been crawling around, but we are here to help you get an estimate on how long you’ve had head lice.

The Lice Life-cycle

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The best way to determine how long you’ve had lice is to know the life-cycle of head lice and determine where in it the lice are:

  • A lice infestation begins when the lice that have spread to a person’s head begin to lay their nits or eggs.
  • The nits can be found close to the scalp and will begin to hatch within 7-10 days
  • Over the next 7-10 days the nymphs (hatched nits) will continues to grow and mature. Before reaching full maturity, they will shed their exoskeleton three times. During the final molt their gender will be determined based on what is needed in the colony.
  • Once gender is determined females will begin to mate and start the process over.

Female nits will mate only one time but will continue to lay up 10 eggs a day for the rest of their 30-33 day lifespan. You can use this cycle to now determine the estimated length of your infestation.

How Long Have You Had Lice?

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Knowing the details of the lice life-cycle can help you determine the stage your particular outbreak is at and possibly the severity of it. Most infestations are noticed 30 days after the nymphs have reached maturity, making it easier to see the lice in the hair. To examine your scalp wet the hair and comb through it with a fine comb and flashlight. Take note of the different stages: casings (shells from hatching), nits, nymphs, and number of adults. If there are a larger number of nits than adults, it is safe to say you’ve had the infestation longer than 30 days. You can also use the placement of nits to determine the amount of time it’s been. Lice lay nits as close to the scalp as they can and hair grows at the average rate of 1 cm a month. If nits are 1cm from the scalp it’s been one month, 2cm it’s been 2 months, and so on.

What to Do with This Knowledge

LCA Chandler Talking about head lice

Knowing how long you’ve had head lice won’t mean much for how you treat the lice. It can help you determine where you got the lice and inform others you may have come in contact with. Knowing where you got the lice from can help you avoid that situation in the future. Being able to inform others you may have been in close contact with during the unknown time of the infestation can help them get a head start on checking for lice and help prevent further infestations.

How To Get Rid Of Head Lice

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Getting rid of head lice is a lot easier than most think thanks to Lice Clinics America. Our signature AirAllé device removes both head lice and nits in one quick, guaranteed treatment. The AirAllé device uses heat to dehydrate lice without any harsh chemicals. Our professionals are trained and knowledgeable on all things lice and ready to help you get back to being lice free!

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!

nit in hair

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?

close up nit in hair

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!