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These are actual lice removed at Lice Be Gone. They have no wings, have little claws and are tiny! You can compare them to the tines on the lice comb to see just how small they are
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So many questions and misconceptions surround the topic of head lice. When my kids were in grade school and I got the "lice note" from school I had so much anxiety and a lot of questions. I asked the nurse "where do lice come from", she replied "they live in trees." I remember thinking that I best not stand under trees while lice was going around my town. Now I realize just how crazy that response was!

I get asked a lot of questions and there is a lot of false information out there. I'm going to share some of the frequent ones and give you accurate information. Here goes--

Question-If something is stuck on the hair and won't move is it a nit?

Answer- Everything that sticks to the hair shaft and doesn't easily move is not a nit. Nits are symmetrical, oval and attached at a slight angle to the hair shaft (see photo).

Question- if my daughter was at a sleepover ( dance class, soccer game, movie,- you get the idea just fill in any activity) with someone that has lice does that mean she will also have lice?

Answer- No don't make any assumptions, get your child checked, yes you can see lice/ nits the same day that they get it. Lice don't incubate, you can see the nits and bugs right away. Early detection will avoid spreading it to your whole family. I know this is not what most moms want to hear, but usually if more than one person in a family has lice it turns out to be us moms

Question- Will lice go away on it's own if untreated?

Answer- No lice don't ever go away on their own. I recently saw a girl that had more than 500 lice and 1000's of nits. I know this sounds extreme- it was! My head was itchy for days (no i didn't have lice but I sure felt like I could have after seeing that many at one time).

Question- If I'm not itchy then do I have lice?

Answer- Don't assume that everyone that has lice is itchy. Some people are more sensitive to bugs feeding off of their scalp (I know it's not a pleasant thought. The bugs biting or feeding is what makes some people itch.)

Question- Why do some people get lice and not others?

Answer- The problem with lice is that when your child has had lice, they are at more risk of getting it back again in a short time frame because everyone isn't doing their part and taking care of their own children. I do think that some people attract bugs more than others and that includes head lice.

I will continue to collect questions and post them and facts again soon.
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This vignette is all true- I promise. At Lice Be Gone we say "lice brings out the crazy in people. I assumed that a woman who came to the office and called several times in between two appointments was nutty but she wasn't! A woman in her late 60's called me and explained that her granddaughter had head lice, she wanted to come in for a screening because she was convinced that she too had lice. She found a bug and her description sounded like a louse. During any given week many people come in because "they were exposed" to someone (yes- exposed, like it was chemical warfare), feel itchy or just heard the word lice (just saying the word out loud makes people itch). She came in, we did what we call a "wet check" screening and didn't find any nits or lice. We told her she was lice free. She called a few days later and wanted to come in again for another screening and again we found nothing. Several days later she brought in a bug that was indeed a louse. She found it crawling on her bedding. Her wet check was clean again- no evidence of lice or nits. She told us that she lived with her husband and he didn't have hair. She had not seen her grandchild for several weeks. We were stumped! It turns out that her husband was bald but he wore a toupee! The toupee actually had nits attached to it. Who knew- lice can lay eggs in a toupee and feed off of the scalp. The moral of this story is- that if you have hair (toupees, extensions) you can have lice. It's that simple. So if someone you are close to has lice- get everyone checked sooner rather than later and avoid passing it around.
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What is in my kids hair is it lice?
Lice Be Gone we joke (although it’s actually true so not really funny) that lice bring out the crazy in people. I get it, I’m terrified of all reptiles especially the ones that start with “s”, I can’t bring myself to even write the word. Bugs obviously don’t bother me at all. The thought of head lice makes people anxious and when talking about it they start scratching their heads. Try it, start a discussion about lice and watch as people start feeling itchy. Back to bringing out the crazy, when anxious most of us have a tough time focusing on facts and seeing things clearly. When you hear that “lice is going around” (which I hate to burst your bubble, but there’s likely kids in your town walking around with lice and nits now), you’ll want to rip your sleeping child out of bed and examine their heads. I do think that routine screenings are the best way to control head lice. If you find it early, then there’s a much better chance that it won’t spread to anyone else (meaning us parents) in the family.

Here are some facts and suggestions-

Lice are small wingless parasitic bugs. Because they have no wings they can’t fly. Lice don’t jump or hop, they crawl (the visual of a louse hopping is funny but I suppose terrifying to someone that doesn’t have the facts). So here goes again- lice don’t hop, don’t jump, don’t fly. They are expert crawlers, they are fast!

Lice are parasites, they need to feed from a scalp (this is what causes people to be itchy). Now I hate to be the bearer of bad news, however, just because one isn’t itchy doesn’t mean you don’t have head lice. Being itchy or seeing your child scratching repeatedly is a reason to check for lice. If lice are found, then I advise checking everyone in the family regardless of them feeling itchy. The converse is true too, remember just the word lice can make one itchy so don’t convince yourself that you have lice because your child does. I can’t emphasize this enough- if someone in the family has lice then have everyone in the family properly checked. Don’t make assumptions, get properly checked. Which brings me to how to check for head lice.

Wet check- this is the most effective and accurate way to screen for head lice. It’s the only way that we screen at our lice treatment center.   

 Comb conditioner in clean damp hair. Using a metal lice comb, go around the head. Wipe the comb off onto a white paper towel. If you pull out a bug, then there’s a chance that you found a louse. There are times that there are other bugs in hair, such as summertime. Save whatever you found, you are welcome to call, email a photo staff@licebegone.net or drop it off. This is important because not everything that is dark that comes out on the comb are lice or nits. Remember, lice and the thought of it causes so much anxiety and everything begins to look like a bug. Over the years people have shown us “things” that they are certain are bugs and they’re not. It’s been mulch, dirt (I’m not saying your child is dirty, we all have stuff in our hair), and a host of other things.

Nits when off the hair are beige or grey in color. They are symmetrical, oval and have a tiny point at one end. People send photos to our lice treatment center with things that are irregularly shaped that are not nits. It’s very important to save what you find, I’m a lice expert, I can tell you if what you show us are nits or bugs. Remember not everything that comes out on the comb is lice related.
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Best Lice Removal Treatment In New Jersey
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