Dealing with head lice
Dealing with head lice lice can be stressful and time-consuming—a real-life nightmare. People often turn to over-the-counter (OTC), do-it-yourself treatments, which can be even more stressful and time-consuming. Most require repeated applications and tedious comb-outs, with no guarantee of it being gone.
What parents need to understand is that if even only a couple eggs are missed, they will eventually hatch, and the cycle will begin all over again.
So what do we do first?
The first thing many parents do is rush to their local pharmacy and purchase the first pediculicides that is recommended. They believe they can just apply the treatment and be done with lice, however, that isn’t nearly that easy. The problem with that is that many of the over-the-counter pediculicides are no longer effective. Not to mention many include toxic insecticides.
Many of the OTC treatments contain pyrethroids, which have also been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children. When trying to utilize insecticides that are no longer effective, many struggle with head lice for several weeks. That can turn into a real nightmare.
Dealing with head lice has become more difficult over the years. They have developed resistance to most of the OTC and do-it-yourself treatments. A recent study found that 98 per cent of head lice—or super lice—are now immune to pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are a class of insecticides used by many treatments found OTC.
So how do you get rid of these pesky bugs?
Regardless of which product you chose, the most important part of this is the combing. We at Lice Clinics of Canada recommend the Nit-Free Terminator Comb. The trick is to be 100% certain that you have removed every egg. We suggest that you keep combing daily until you have three consecutive days without finding any eggs. This can take anywhere from just a few days to weeks of combing depending on your hair type, length, severity of infestation and your nitpicking experience. We have seen many families dealing with lice on and off for months and even years. They believe they have removed all the eggs only to find out the hard way a week or two later!!! Remember, nitpicking can be very effective, but it is a lot of work and very time consuming.
If you are not up for all that work or value what little free time you have, there is another option! We at Lice Clinics of Canada offer a non-toxic, Health Canada-cleared, guaranteed solution and the professional technicians to do it for you, relieving you of the stress, the mess and the endless combing.
Treating head lice has become more difficult over the years, as they have developed resistance to most of the OTC and do-it-yourself treatments. A recent study found that 98 per cent of head lice—or super lice—are now immune to pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used by most treatments found over the counter.
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