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    Head Lice, Nits, and Super Lice Information

    It's quite easy to confuse dandruff with lice if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Instead, when you see little white flakes and feel an intense sensation to itch, you worry and wonder— lice or dandruff?

    Every year, it is estimated that six to twelve million people in the United States get head lice. So it’s only natural that when your head starts to itch and you peer into your scalp and see curious white flakes sprinkled throughout your hair, your mind jumps to lice!

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    It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway — African Americans can get head lice, and do get head lice. In fact, it’s one of the most searched for questions on Google: Do black people get lice? Although there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there, luckily, there’s plenty of research and data too - all of which verifies that yes, black people and people from all other races and ethnicities do get head lice.

    That being said, African Americans are significantly less prone to getting head lice.

    • 9 min read
    There has been a lot of buzz lately about using essential oils to kill lice. From olive oil to tea tree oil, there are numerous oils out there that have been touted as ways to get rid of head lice. We are here to discuss the clinical research and scientific evidence on the effectiveness of using oils to kill lice. We are seeking to answer the big question— do essential oils kill head lice? 
    • 8 min read
    The mere thought of it is enough to make most people squirm, but if lice are a concern, then diagnosis and fast action are crucial. Diagnosing lice is a tricky endeavor. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that misdiagnosis of head lice infestation is common by parents, caregivers, teachers, hairdressers, school nurses, and even doctors. When lice are misdiagnosed, it not only places the burden of absenteeism on children from school and parents from work according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health, but it also causes unnecessary overexposure to hazardous chemicals that are found in traditional over-the-counter and prescription head lice treatments.
    • 14 min read
    What is that scary four-letter-word that starts with an ‘L’ and ends in an ‘E?’ You’re probably right there with us hoping that the word is love. Unfortunately, we’re here to explain all the dirty details about something we’re sure you DON’T love. It's time to talk about that scary four-letter word: LICE. Lice are tiny, wingless, six-legged, parasitic blood-sucking insects that rely exclusively on human blood to survive. As a heads up, ‘lice’ is the plural form of ‘louse.’ There are three different types of lice: body lice, pubic lice, and head lice.
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    At our lice treatment centers, customers come in daily with questions like, “My pharmacist told me lice can jump six feet. Is that true?” Or “I read on the internet that you can kill lice with mouthwash.” Or “My hairdresser said if I use plenty of gel, mousse, and hair spray I won’t get lice.” There are so many myths about lice circulating in communities on and off the internet. And trust us, we’ve heard every one of those myths, hundreds of times. So we decided to pen an article about the common misconceptions about head lice to help shed light on the truth about lice.
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    If you're a mom or dad, we're sure you know how sensitive your kids' skin can be. It's likely that you read the labels of all products checking for chemicals, additives, and other ingredients that could potentially be harmful to your children. So it would seem obvious that what you use outside in your garden to kill bugs and insects isn't something you want anywhere near your child's body?
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    When your child is at the age where he or she is ready to go to school, that’s a huge moment of pride and love, combined with a twinge of fear. Will my child be okay? Will my child make friends? Those are the fears a mom and dad face as their kid packs a backpack for the first time and heads off to school. Of course, there is another fear lurking around the corners of the classroom - lice! In the United States, between 6 to 12 million children every year get lice, and it is most common with children between 3 and 11 years of age. When your child just won’t stop scratching his or her head, or your school sends home a notice that lice have been found in the classroom, panic sets in. Don’t fear! We’re here to break down the facts about head lice and explain the best strategies to follow for head lice treatment, prevention, and eradication.
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    You may have heard whisperings that there is a new big, bad bug in town. That's right, it's Super Lice. While Superman and Superwoman are superheroes, Super Lice are not fantastic in any way, shape, or form. A 2016 study published in the Oxford Journal of Medical Entomology found that head lice in 48 states were treatment resistance to over-the-counter products. Apparently, Alaska and West Virginia were the only two states devoid of these vexing parasites. However, given the hyper-contagious nature of lice, Super Lice will soon be just as common as regular lice!
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    At our lice treatment centers, customers come in daily with questions like, “My pharmacist told me lice can jump six feet. Is that true?” Or “I read on the internet that you can kill lice with mouthwash.” Or “My hairdresser said if I use plenty of gel, mousse, and hair spray I won’t get lice.” There are so many myths about lice circulating in communities on and off the internet. And trust us, we’ve heard every one of those myths, hundreds of times. So we decided to pen an article about the common misconceptions about head lice to help shed light on the truth about lice.
    • 10 min read