It is important to understand that having a professional nitpicker work on your family’s lice infestations does not mean they are completely cured. The condition of head lice can be very complicated. Depending on how long the infestation has been undetected, which is a difficult thing to diagnose with any certainty, there is a level of vigilance which needs to be maintained in order to achieve total eradication. Many people prefer not to apply OTC medications, and the subsequent combing and picking processes must be very thorough and repeated every day for up to 2 weeks to be certain that all elements of the head lice are removed. While it is true that a nit is not contagious, there is a lot of speculation about whether they are viable. Some people believe that they can determine viability of an egg by sight or some form of manipulation, which is dubious at best. A well trained eye may be able to differentiate whether a nit is viable, hatched, or aborted: however there is quite a large margin for error without confirmation using a microscope. A viable nit will become a bug within a week of being laid, and in a matter of weeks a whole new infestation can be established.
Here at Advice on Lice head lice treatment center, in an average incidence of head lice, we typically find 10 to 12 actual lice, usually of various stages of development, and somewhere between 80 to 150 nits. We also see that there are varying degrees of infestation among family members, since the head lice usually started in one head and became an established infestation before spreading among siblings and parents. So it is often easier to achieve eradication in the milder cases, but all heads must be monitored for at least 2 weeks. we also advise families to comb any family members who do not appear to have lice, since the initial stages can be very difficult to detect. Combing is the single most effective means of treating and preventing head lice. Not all combs are created equal, and we recommend buying and using a quality head lice and nit removal comb, like the LiceMeister, because it can make the work much more effective. And it is also beneficial to use a white conditioner and a water spritzer as combing facilitators.
Finally, we would like to say that as professional nitpickers, we do try very hard to remove as much as we possibly can in a session with our clients:; however, we never tell them to go home and do nothing. Since we have had the experiences of finding a rogue bug or a stubborn nit after hours of work, we know we have probably missed something. We ask our clients to comb diligently, even if they aren’t finding anything. With this in mind, if you are using a professional head lice treatment service and are told your problem is gone, with no need to continue combing, they are doing you a disservice as the likelihood of the head lice recurring is highly probable.
Karen and Allan Franco