Month: November 2013

Head Lice Checks, Head Lice treatment and Thanksgiving

As we near the thanksgiving holiday more and more parents worry when that dreadful note comes home from the school that head lice was detected in their child’s class. The last thing a parent needs to worry about is head lice when either the family is traveling or friends or relatives are visiting. At Advice on Lice in Kensington, MD our recommendation is not to just check your kids but actually use the lice comb to detect any signs of head lice or nits. Head Lice may not be that obvious on your child’s head if it is in the early stages but with a good lice comb and some conditioner head lice or nits are more likely to show up if they actually exist.

Thanksgiving need not be  canceled! Follow our detailed instructions for head Lice treatment and removal on our website adviceonlicemd.com in the frequently asked questions page and your child will no longer be contagious to visiting friends and relatives.  Good luck and happy turkey day from Allan & Karen Franco.

Head lice treatment services: housecalls vs. office/salon visit

Head lice removal services are most often offered as a house call by a company technician. All companies offer these services at various hourly rates and always include a travel fee. As a result, it never costs less than $150. to have a nitpicker come to your home to work on your head lice problems. The various companies who offer head lice removal services often have an origin in one state, and offer house call services in many areas. How do they train employees who live in other states? Who is the technician, and what is their level of experience? Where is the best place in your home to have the work done? What light sources are available? What will your children do while they are having their heads worked on? What will they do while you are having your head worked on? Is the process at home really efficient?

Head lice treatment companies who offer in office/salon services seem to be at a great advantage. In the salon environment, the technicians have everything set up to allow for the most efficient treatment. If a prescription or OTC treatment is applied by the technician it will be rinsed out in a salon type shampoo bowl before the removal process begins. For the lice and nit removal, clients sit in comfortable salon chairs that swivel and adjust in height. Lights are directed at the same level and section of the head to allow for the best visual detection of lice and nits. Multiple family members can be worked on at the same time. The hourly rate for services is reduced because the technicians are not traveling which costs time and money. And the ability to diagnose people at a reduced flat rate is a service the salon can offer. The other amenity of the salon is television entertainment as a distraction, whether it is a favorite movie, and educational program, or a cable television station.

Advice on Lice, Inc. offers both options for head lice treatment, but our clients seem to agree that the salon visit is preferable to a house call. Those who have the need for a home visit due to difficult circumstances are always accommodated. Our technicians will come to your home well equipped to do their job if that is your request. And their experience and expertise is always exceptional.

Are “Super lice” for real?

A recent article on CBSNews.com suggests that “Super lice” have been found in Pittsburgh, and the response in the school community there and elsewhere in the United States is to relax the school policies, so that infected children do not have to miss school. Deborah Pontius, the school nurse for Pershing County School District in Lovelock, Nev. is quoted several times. She believes “It’s not infectious, and it’s fairly easy to treat.” She also says that in all likelihood by the time a student is found to have lice in school, s/he has probably already had it for about three weeks to two months, so classmates already would have been exposed. “There’s little additional risk of transmission if the student returns to class for a few hours until the end of the day, when a parent would pick up the child and treat for lice at home.” She doesn’t send lice notes because “It gets out who had lice, and there is no need to panic parents.” She goes further and says “Parents with elementary school -aged kids should check their children’s hair for lice once a week anyway. If they are doing that, then there’s really no need for the notes.”

The article also refers to new policies in Hamilton County, Tenn. as well as California, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina and elsewhere which state that “Children with untreated lice should go home at the end of the day, be treated and then return to school. This is the recommendation of the Tennessee Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Needless to say, this article received many incensed and incredulous comments. At Advice on Lice, Inc., we strongly believe this is an alarming trend. We are currently collecting specimens for a study at the University of Massachusetts to help determine if “Super lice” or actual resistance to OTC treatments is real. We have always maintained that children with active head lice infestations should not be allowed to stay in school, and we hope the school districts our clients live in will continue to see the need for removal of infected students from the moment of detection until proper treatment and nit removal procedures have been performed.

Tinsley Kensington, MD.

I was completely overwhelmed and frankly horrified by our lice invasion. I treated my daughter, and re-treated and cleaned and cleaned and still found them on her. Taking our family to Advice on Lice was the best thing I could have done. The lice are gone and I am finally at ease. The treatment and the education we received were well worth the cost.

What is the best method for head lice and nit removal?

After using the head lice treatment shampoo, it is always necessary to manually remove the nits and dead lice from the hair and scalp. We have found that the most important tool to have for this process is the LiceMeister comb. The LiceMeister lice comb works best on hair that is conditioned and wet and detangled. We have found that one of the best conditioners for this combing is Pantene Classic Care Conditioner because it stays moist and creamy unlike others which may become grainy and dry. The application of conditioner facilitates the removal of nits by softening them and making them slide off the hair shafts more readily. We have found that spraying water on the conditioned hair as we work through sections (as shown below) also promotes the removal process.

Karen and Allan Franco
Advice on Lice, Inc