You have lice or expect that you might. What do you do now?
1. Find out for sure:
Schedule an appointment so we can help you with a diagnosis. If you have lice we will go over treatment options with you. Lice affect people of all ages and all hair types all over the world. If you have lice, do not feel embarrassed! The majority of people will get lice at least once, if not more, times during their lifetime. Getting lice is as common as getting mosquito bites or a cold.
2. Choose from treatment options available:
Lice will not go away without being treated. We personally know of lice infestations that have lasted for five years! Effective treatment is essential to getting rid of the little critters.
We always recommend our professional treatment which is completed by trained and certified professionals. Everyone who receives a professional treatment will get a certificate and can be immediately returned to school, daycare, summer camp, or work following their service. All of the products we use and sell are paraben free, non-toxic, cruelty free, and suitable for people of all ages.
3. Cleaning your home:
1. The most important thing to remember is that head lice cannot live off of the head for more than about 24 - 48 hours. They also cannot jump or fly - they can only crawl. That means that lice are almost always passed by crawling from one head to another. The best thing you can do to get rid of lice is to make sure everyone in the house has been treated. After that -
2. Make sure to vacuum couches, bedrooms, cars, carseats, and any other high traffic areas.
3. All hair care items such as combs, brushes, hair ties, etc. need to be placed in the freezer for 12 hours (in a plastic bag), in the sanitary cycle in the dishwasher, or washed (with soap and water) and set aside it a tightly closed bag for three days.
4. All clothing and bedding that has been used in the last three days needs to be laundered and put in the dryer on high heat for at least 40 minutes. Dry clean only clothing needs to be dry cleaned. Any items that cannot go into a hot dryer need to be put in plastic bags and set aside for at least 48 hours.
5. Any rugs, toys, or blankets need to be bagged and set aside for three days or placed in a hot dryer for 40 minutes.
Things You Do Not Need to Do
1. Fumigate your home (this is unnecessary).
2. Avoid your pets. Animals cannot get lice - only other people.
3. Keep the fact you had lice a secret! Help others by telling them so they can get checked early and treated if necessary. Anyone can get lice. It is not something to be ashamed of.