There is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about! Lice have been around for over 8,000 years and you get head lice from another person.
Lice don’t hop, jump, or fly-they have 6 legs and they only crawl.
Microscopic view of a louse
Head-to-head contact is the easiest way that lice is spread. This allows the adult lice to easily grab on to another hair strand (think selfies, hugging, and sleeping next to each other).
Lice do not care about gender, age, ethnicity, day of the week, time of the year, personal hygiene, income, what you do for a living, if you have had lice before or if you have never had head lice before. All lice care about is that you have a strand of hair and a warm scalp for them to live and feed on.
In today’s world of selfies, constant head-to-head contact, and over-the-counter products that no longer work, lice is much more common these days in children of all ages. Every day we treat children of all ages. Just about every school will have a lice outbreak during the year. We have now treated children from over 850 different schools.
1 in 20 U.S. children (6-12 million) get head lice each year!
Based on head screenings that our clinics have done over the past 3+ years, mom’s will get head lice about 80% of the time when their children have lice.
Just half of the head lice infestations we treat are school-age children. The other half of people we treat are parents and older siblings.
We treat lots of moms, dads, grandparents and yes-dads!
Had it with over-the-counter products that do not work?
Lice have mutated over the years and are now resistant to the chemicals in over-the-counter shampoos in at least 48 states (including California).
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Combing out lice and their eggs yourself can work but it is very frustrating and stressful. It takes patience, time, and accuracy. Even if you are able to comb out your own children, combing out your own hair is almost impossible because the eggs live behind the scalp and the nape of the neck.
An adult lice is the size of a sesame seed and can be a challenge to see or feel. Itching is often a sign of lice. About 40% of people are allergic to the saliva of lice which causes itching but that means 60% of people do not itch when they have lice.
Size of lice compared to a dime
Savvy parents know that getting rid of the lice eggs (nits) is the biggest challenge to ending a head lice infestation. Lice eggs are particularly challenging to see for the human eye because they are so small. They are the size of a grain of sand and they do not move. You are truly looking for a needle in a haystack.
The adult lice secretes a glue like sticky substance so the lice eggs are glued to the hair strand, which is why the eggs are often called nits. The lice egg has a protective shell that outside product simply cannot penetrate.
Close-up view of louse egg
An adult lice lays up to 6 eggs per day for three weeks. All lice eggs have to hatch within about 5-7 days. If you miss one single egg,the infestation can last weeks, months, and even years.