Don’t struggle with lice over March Break
The kids are off school for a week and you’re wondering how you will keep them occupied without losing your sanity. The last thing you need is to spend March Break dealing with lice.
As you’re preparing for the week, you happen to notice something in your child’s hair. As you pick through you notice more and more. It’s not flaking off, so it could be lice. You do the common thing and head to the nearest store and grab an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment, spend hours combing, only to still find lice.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many families struggle to get rid of head lice, even though there are a plethora of products on the shelves at your local pharmacy that promise to kill lice and their eggs.
There are also countless home remedies that people swear have worked for them, yet, so many families still struggle to remove a lice infestation. Why? The answer will likely surprise you, and anger you at the same time.
Choosing the most effective treatment
When you have a lice infestation, there are two things you’re dealing with: live bugs, and their eggs. While some OTC products are sometimes effective at killing the bugs, there are no OTC treatments that will kill the eggs. The ONLY treatment proven to kill lice eggs is the AirAlle, exclusively available at Lice Clinics of Canada.
Most store-brand treatments contain pyrethroids, such as permethrin and pyrethrin, which are now estimated to be only 27 per cent effective at killing lice, as they have built up a resistance to these pesticides. Pesticide-resistant lice are commonly referred to as “superlice”.
Home remedies including mayonnaise, olive oil, and Cetaphil have not been clinically trialed, but are typically ineffective due to not only the mess involved, but the time these products must be left in the hair. Lice are able to survive for hours underneath these substances.
So, using a product that isn’t 100 per cent effective at killing live lice to begin with means there’s a chance a louse will survive and continue to lay eggs, and that’s where the second problem lies.
Treating at home
Even if an OTC treatment was effective on killing the bugs, you still have eggs left in the hair. Now it’s time to comb these out, but the comb that came with the OTC is plastic and probably poorly designed. You find yourself combing for hours and not removing many eggs. This is also very common. The best comb to use is a metal terminator comb.
On top of that, eggs are difficult to see and just as difficult to remove. Lice eggs are brownish-gray in colour and cemented to the hair shaft.
Regardless of your success, or lack thereof, in combing your job is not done. You should continue combing for 30 to 60 minutes every day, until you get three consecutive days without finding any eggs (while using the metal terminator comb).
To make matters worse, if a female louse survives your initial application of lice treatment product, prescription or home remedy, and continues to lay new eggs, your work begins all over again.
Choosing a professional to help
So, how can you be sure you’re lice free? The AirAlle is the solution. The AirAlle is the only Health Canada-cleared medical device clinically proven to end a lice infestation in a single treatment. It uses controlled, heated air to kill lice and their eggs.
Lice Clinics of Canada offers many packages that will be sure to meet the needs of your situation. Don’t struggle with lice March Break. Call today, or visit our website for more information.