Here are the Facts, Ma'am; Just the Facts; LiceDoctors Tells It Like Is About Head Lice
Ask Karen Sokoloff and Wendy Beck, owners of LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service how much mis-information there is online and among educators and even some doctors, and they will give you a very long list. The company receives hundreds of calls a week from people who have a variety of questions and are confused because they have read or heard conflicting information. The professional in-home lice treatment service, which has successfully treated over 150,000 people has compiled a list of important facts based on their many years in the field.
1. Chemical lice treatments are no longer effective in eliminating many strains of head lice. Head lice have mutated and become resistant to many common chemical lice shampoos and other pediculicides. These lice are dubbed "super lice".
2. Lice eggs are impenetrable so chemical treatments will not affect them. Head lice nits have a hard shell that protects the baby bug inside. Nothing is known to to be able to pierce the shell and kill the baby bug. You have to physically extract eggs from the hair.
3. You do not need to treat the house, when trying to kill head lice; it's all about the head. Head lice can only survive off of the head for one day. They need the blood and temperature of the human head to live. It is a waste of time to scrub down the house, do loads of laundry, and bag all of the toys. If you leave one nit in the head you still have a problem, while lice off the head die.
4. Nits (lice eggs) are translucent, not white. Many people think that lice and nits are white. If you see white things in your hair, you are looking at dandruff, product residue, or hair casts.
5. Pets do not carry lice. Lice and nits need the temperature of the human head to survive. Conditions on a pet are not optimal for lice.
6. You can not catch a nit. The only way you can contarct a case of head lice is if a louse climbs into your hair. That bug will lay up to 10 eggs a day and as these eggs hatch live bugs will come out and the cycle will go on. Nits are stuck to the hair and do not migrate.
7. Inanimate objects like hairbrushes and hats are usually not responsible for the spread of head lice. Head lice are almost always spread from direct head-to-head contact. It is very unlikely that you will get lice from an inanimate object as lice need food and the proper temperature to survive.
8. You can not kill lice with hot water in a washing machine or a hair dryer. Lice are way heartier than that and are unaffected by the heat from these machines.
9. Dirty hair actually protects you from head lice. The oily finish associated with dirty hair makes it harder for the lice to adhere to and climb up the hair to your head.
10.Lice are not eliminated in a one-time treatment. When eggs (nits) are first laid, they are microscopic so if any were just laid they will be missed. It is important to follow up to be sure that any residual eggs are removed.
LiceDoctors is the largest lice treatment service in the U.S. LiceDoctors has been treating families across the country for several years. The company comes to your home at your convenience and offers an all-natural, step-by-step lice treatment that was developed by its on staff medical doctor 20 years ago. LiceDoctors offers a full guarantee and and has an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau. To make an appointment call 800-224-2537 or go online to www.licedoctors.com