Nobody likes when their heads are itchy, scratchy, and in total discomfort. It’s an absolute pain to deal with, especially when you are out on important dates, meetings, and in school. So, when a lice infestation strikes, it is no wonder people stress out. But, what exactly does a louse do to the human head? In this article, we will dig deep into what these buggers are, what they do, and how you can deal with them!
WHAT ARE LICE?
They are a small parasite that feeds off of human blood. They are shorter than a grain of rice, making them hard to see and diagnose. Because of this, many cases of infestation go untreated.
Breeding is one of their strongest attributes, with a female louse being able to produce up to 400 eggs in her lifetime. Due to the swiftness of the lifecycle, with eggs hatching every 8-10 days, infestations can quickly become out of control. And due to having a never-ending supply of blood to feed off the host, the breeding and feeding process will not stop on its own. We recommend you check every week for signs of these pests with a fine-toothed comb.
Though they can not jump or fly from host to host, if head to head contact occurs, they can transfer. This process could happen with shared personal items as well, such as hats, scarves, or helmets. This transfer method is why lice tend to spread very quickly in schools. When kids engage in sports and activities, where they are either touching hair or sharing equipment, they are at risk of developing an infestation. We suggest that your kids do not share personal items and to keep their hair away from others. This can be done by having a short hair cut, or by keeping long hair up.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
A louse has six tiny legs that are designed to stick onto your hair and never let go. They feed off the blood from your scalp to keep breeding. As they bite into your scalp, their saliva causes a very annoying and sometimes unbearable itching sensation. Depending on the size of the infestation, this sensation can make everyday life very uncomfortable and can even lead to a lack of sleep.
Things only get worse as the size of the infestation increases, so it is important to know the early warning signs. Check weekly for an infestation and to consult with Lice Clinics of Canada Surrey if further treatment is needed.
HOW DO I DEAL WITH THEM?
Most lice have become immune to the most common over the counter treatments. This includes shampoos, home remedies, essential oils, and other forms of treatment. Some treatments will simply not work, such as the old mayonnaise trick. Traditional pesticide treatments have bread “Super Lice” which are becoming harder to kill. Even if these treatments did work, most of them are harmful to human scalps and should be avoided if possible.
At Surrey Lice Clinic, we use a state of the art treatment device called the AirAlle system. This machine allows us to kill these awful pests with 99% accuracy, limiting the chance of needing retreatment. The process takes just over an hour and is 100% safe, using no pesticides or harmful chemicals. It only uses natural, heated air, found anywhere!
If you and your family are dealing with an infestation and are looking for a safe, quick, and hassle-free solution, visit www.surreyliceclinic.ca and book a consultation. Get back to living, get back to being lice free!