The Hidden Costs of Lice Treatments
Professional lice treatments are often thought to be the most expensive option for taking care of your family’s head lice infestations. This is usually not the case though. Professional remedies will often cost you less in the long run and certainly are a more effective option then DIY or home remedies. Also, home remedies bring safety risks, such as chemical exposure. Another thing to keep in mind is that most families that decide to treat at home go through multiple treatments and attempts to get rid of those pesky parasites. However, the most expensive part of any lice experience is the cost of treating multiple family members. When you attempt a DIY treatment at home it takes about a week and during that time there is a good chance that another family member will get exposed and you are back to square one, now with multiple family members needing to be treated. Here are some things to consider when deciding on which treatment is best for your family.
Over the Counter Treatments
Treatments off the store shelves simply don’t work very well, they aren’t 100% effective at killing the live bugs and none will kill all the eggs. Most head lice now found are considered ‘super lice’ meaning they have grown resistant to these pesticides. Also, over-the-counter treatments require constant combing (until every egg is gone as they will not kill the eggs) and a secondary treatment about a week later. Another issue with OTC’s is that they might seem to have ended the infestation for a short period, usually about two weeks until the eggs hatch and those bugs mature, only for it to return unnoticed and cause it to spread further.
Cleaning and Replacing Items
The feeling of lice often brings the urge to throw everything away. Towels, sheets, combs, brushes, hair ties, pillows, and sometimes even mattress the person has touched. Most of these items may only cost a few dollars each but all these things add up! Things that cannot be replaced usually get unnecessarily cleaned over and over again taking up more of your time and money. The truth is lice can not live longer than 48 hours without the environment of a human scalp. The chances of picking up an infestation from objects or clothing is not as common as many assume. There often is no need to spend money on replacing items and over cleaning if you follow recommendations from your lice removal professional.
Missing Time at Work/School
Most schools have a no-nit policy on head lice that does not allow a student to attend if head lice are found on them, this means missed days at school which can have other consequences. Not even considering how it could affect your child’s learning (which should be considered), it means missed days from work or paying for childcare. Both these scenarios have a cost associated with them. This can be the most expensive part of a head lice infestation. When children get lice, it typically takes hours of combing over a few days to remove every egg (anywhere from three to seven days on average depending on infestation level and hair type). Taking time off work is never easy but finding someone willing to watch your head lice infested child can be a very difficult task.
The Stress Test
When you hear the term stress test, most think the financial industry or a fitness test. Well, it can happen with lice to and is something to consider. To successfully treat at home, you need to put the time in combing. This means putting extra curricular activities for both you and your family on hold or at least more juggling to make them all work. Most of us do not have a few extra hours each night to deal with this on top of work and other commitments. Also, sometimes fighting with your child to agree to sit down for hours at a time is not something you really want to be doing. These factors can elevate your stress levels and are sometimes just not worth the headache!
The Professional Alternative
Though a professional lice treatment will cost you more at first compared to at-home treatments, there is value there and many times will cost you less in the long run. Professional treatments often require only one treatment, and some come with a lice-free guarantee. They have treated head lice many times before and know what they are doing so can do so more efficiently. Not to mention the professionals can help give you all the tips and tricks you need to stay lice free afterwards. A professional treatment like the one you will get here at the Lice Clinics of Canada can have you lice-free in no time and back to work, school, and play.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. At Lice Clinics of Canada, we have two locations in Ontario in Kitchener-Waterloo and Oakville and happy to serve surrounding areas as well! Our Health Canada-cleared device is the only guaranteed way to remove head lice in one quick and safe treatment, so your kids and family can get back to the things they enjoy. To schedule an appointment, please call or make a request online for our Kitchener or Oakville clinic.