5 reasons why head lice may not go away
If you or someone in your household has ever had head lice, you know how stressful and time-consuming it can be to remove. Here are five reasons why head lice may not go away:
Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments:
Over-the-counter treatments aren’t always effective. The resistance of head lice to the most popular drugstore products is well-researched and well-documented.
The most recent report, issued in 2016, found that most lice are now resistant to pyrethroids, which are the active ingredient in OTC lice products.
That being said, Lice Clinics of Canada does not use pyrethroids. All of our products are non-toxic.
A thorough comb out
Nitpicking is subject to human error. The most effective alternative to drugstore lice products has traditionally been nitpicking.
This is the process of combing out live lice, then try to pick out all the eggs/nits.
Combing the hair is one of the most important parts of removing a head lice infestation.
Nits are very small—about the size of sesame seed—and are tricky to remove, due to the cement-like glue that holds them in place on the hair shaft.
The problem is, if you miss a single nit, it will hatch, which means live lice will multiply again, and you’ll have a fresh infestation.
Get every member of the household screened
It’s very important to have every family member in the household screened. Too often, parents assume that the child that was found to have lice at school or daycare is the only one with lice, or because dad has a shaved head, he doesn’t have it.
Both scenarios are unlikely. Lice spread primarily from head-to-head contact, which means it’s common for the entire family to contract head lice, including parents.
If only one person in the family is checked and treated, the lice will likely come back to that person from another family member who was not checked.
Home remedies are unproven at best, dangerous at worst. You can search the Internet for lice solutions that others swear work.
Some common home remedies used are mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, olive oil, and even kerosene.
Not only is there no science proving any of these are effective, they can also be dangerous depending which one you choose.
The methods vary, but in general, this involves covering a child’s head with one of these substances overnight, which also means covering the kid’s head with plastic wrap.
First, a child sleeping with plastic on their head risks suffocation. Second, substances like kerosene are highly flammable and should not be used—ever.
Now the Good News
There are ways to completely rid anyone of lice.
First is shaving the head of the person with lice. No hair, no lice. However, the hair must be shorter than an eighth of an inch or lice can still live on the head.
If the hair is longer than an eighth of inch, there is still an effective way to remove it, which is the Health Canada-cleared AirAllé device. The AirAllé is clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 per cent of nits in a single session.
The AirAllé device uses only heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs—an ingenious approach that bypasses the hassles and risks of traditional treatments.
The results are guaranteed when all family members are checked for lice and all infested family members are treated.
The AirAllé treatment is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of Canada, along with other treatment options to suit your family’s budget and needs.
To book your screening, call 289-837-1432. We are by appointment only.