A Huge Thank You! We Won People Love Us on Yelp 2019!

I personally want to thank each and every one of our clients who took the time to write a review about our clinic and their experience. We could not be more thrilled to learn that we recently won the 2019 “People Love Us on Yelp” Award.

While we constantly strive to use the best products and technology, we know we would be no where without the wonderful support of the people that come to us.

Thank you so much again,

Samantha

Things to Do to Prevent Lice

Sometimes people feel like their kids are especially prone to getting lice. Contrary to some urban legend that lice is associated with being unclean, we actually know that lice prefer clean hair. (So you can actually think of lice as a compliment!) Is the answer to clean your children less? I would say no, because although that might help a little with lice prevention, it could cause a myriad of other problems.

Instead, there are a lot of easy things people can do to help prevent lice. (Although do know that you can never lice-proof yourself or your children completely - unless you decide to shave off all hair on the scalp.) Some things you can do are to keep long hair back in braids or buns, use lice prevention products (these are natural and safe to use year round), and reduce sharing of hairbrushes, clothing, and hats with others.

The other thing to know is that some people are just more prone to getting lice and we don’t know why. (This is similar to how some people get devoured by mosquitos and others rarely get bitten.)

Until next time,

Samantha ;)

Dangers of Pesticide Treatments for Lice

My kids came home from school the other day with notes in their backpacks. The brightly colored paper said that they may have been exposed to lice and suggested treatment with an "anti-louse shampoo available at any pharmacy" if lice were found. 

What the note was referring to was a permetherin shampoo commonly known as Rid or Nix. You can buy it at any pharmacy, and I have personally seen it at my local Target. Chad even remembers using the product when he was a child, which used to be quite effective, but things have changed. 

While these types of products were up to 100 percent effective 30 years ago, that number has dropped to 20 to 30 percent according to the Center for Public Integrity. However, worse than the fact that the products are simply ineffective, is the side effects they cause. 

Permetherin has been linked to seizures and behavioral problems, and the EPA classifies it as "likely carcinogenic to humans." It seems absolutely frightening that these products are still available for use. 

Worse so than permetherin, are the prescription pesticide products called Malathion (brand name Ovide) and Lindane (brand name Kwell). Side effects from these products have ranged from headaches, cancer, seizures, and even death. In fact, it is not even legal to use lindane on your dog in the United States, yet somehow it's ok to use on yourself or child? 

While lice are certainly an irritating nuisance, there is no reason to risk your health or your child's health to get rid of them. There are safe and effective treatment options. Please help me in spreading awareness so we can protect our children and ourselves. 

Until next time, 

Samantha :)

Sources: 

A Crawling Issue: Head Lice Treatments Worse than the Pest Itself?" Center for Public Integrity. N.p., 19 May 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2016.<https://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/09/06/6123/crawling-issue-head-lice-treatments-worse-pest-itself>

Schwartz, Daniel. "Head Lice: Most-used Treatments No Longer Very Effective, Scientists Say." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 29 Sept. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2016. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/head-lice-most-used-treatments-no-longer-very-effective-scientists-say-1.2776917>