Pediatric Hair Solutions Opens New Treatment Center in Mount Pleasant

Pediatric Hair Solutions celebrated the opening of its newest location in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The MD/RN owned and operated business is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of head lice. Mayor Linda Page and Mount Pleasant Councilman Mark Smith attended the opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting.

“We are thrilled to have Pediatric Hair Solutions locate in Mount Pleasant,” said Mayor Page. “We look forward to their involvement in our vibrant business community and the services they will provide the residents of Mount Pleasant.”

Head Lice removal service in Mount Pleasant and Charleston

Head lice is the second most common communicable disease, affecting 6 to 12 million school aged children each year in the United States. The problem is getting worse as lice have developed a resistance to the most commonly used over the counter treatments.

Pediatric Hair Solutions provides screening, diagnosis and head lice treatment for children and adults. Their treatment process includes an FDA-cleared medical device that uses heated air to kill lice and eggs. The technology is clinically proven to kill 99.2% of lice and eggs.

“We look forward to providing families in the Mount Pleasant area with a safe and effective treatment for head lice,” said Sheila Fassler, the nurse who owns Pediatric Hair Solutions. “We’ve had families from the Charleston area driving two hours to our Columbia location for head lice treatment. We wanted to provide them with a local, professional resource they could count on to solve a stressful problem quickly and safely.”

Pediatric Hair Solutions is active in each community it serves, providing education, counseling and support services to families and school communities. The company’s medically trained professionals partner with school nurses and pediatricians as a resource for families in need of screening, treatment and education.

The new treatment center is located at 1041 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. It’s the company’s ninth location. Fassler and her husband, John Fassler, MD, founded Pediatric Hair Solutions in 2010.

Pediatric Hair Solutions is consistently recommended by pediatricians, school nurses and camp health administrators. The medically trained staff are certified operators of the FDA-cleared medical device, called an AirAlle. The company has treated more than 25,000 children and adults. Treatment services are reimbursable by most insurance plans

Tips for a Lice-Free Summer Camp

Some of your child’s best memories are often made at summer camp. Unfortunately, head lice like camp just as much as your children do. Don’t let the pesky problem keep your child from the fun of swimming, games and campfires this summer.

Pediatric Hair Solutions keeps campers lice free!

How to prevent lice at summer campMore camp programs are being proactive about preventing the spread of head lice and calling on Pediatric Hair Solutions to help. Our clinicians will be heading to camps in the Southeast this summer to help prevent lice outbreaks.

We offer camp concierge services that include head checks for all campers upon arrival. Children who are found to have head lice are treated on-site using our guaranteed process that includes a non-toxic solution and FDA cleared AirAlle device. Our service protects other children from getting head lice and allows campers who arrive with head lice the ability to stay and enjoy their camp experience.

Camps with proactive head lice policies using Pediatric Hair Solutions services include: Camp Greystone, Camp Merrie-Wood, Camp Judaea, Camp Green Cove, Camp Wayfarer and Camp Kanata.

Pediatric Hair Solutions also provides customized assistance based on the needs of each camp to establish policies, treatment protocols and guidance for campers and their families.

For camps not using our concierge service, we can provide our non-toxic treatment solutions and, if there is an outbreak, send a nurse to help contain the spread within 48 hours of a report.

Tips to prevent lice in your camper:

As you prepare to send your child to camp, you should also prepare for the potential of head lice. It makes sense, kids are together day and night, sleeping in tight quarters.

Before camp starts, be proactive and have your child checked for head lice in the privacy of one of our nine clinic locations.

If your child has recently had lice and you’ve been treating it with over-the-counter shampoos, chances are they still have lice and should be checked. Super lice are resistant to most chemical treatments.

When camp starts, remind your child not to share brushes, combs, hairbands or hats. For children with longer hair, it helps to keep the hair tied back in a ponytail or bun.

Don’t forget to pack Pediatric Hair Solutions Preventative Lice Spray. Our non-toxic, lice deterrent has a light mint scent that lice don’t like.

If your child’s camp does not have a head lice policy, it’s important to have them checked for lice after camp ends. Lice is present in 2-4% of school-aged children so chances are several kids at camp came there with lice.

Pediatric Hair Solutions Medical Director is Expert Guest on Dr. Radio

Dr. John Fassler, Medical Director of Pediatric Hair Solutions and Lice Clinics of America, was recently a guest on Dr. Radio on Sirius XM. Dr. Fassler appeared on the segment “On Call for Kids” to discuss the super lice epidemic and effective treatment options for head lice.

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Pediatrician and radio host Dr. Dan Rauch asked Dr. Fassler commonly asked questions that parents often have about head lice and the hysteria that often surrounds a lice diagnosis.

Dr. Fassler explained that lice are most commonly spread through head-to-head contact and can’t live off their host longer than approximately 24 hours.

While head lice can spread in a school setting, Dr. Fassler says lice is more contagious within a family. Pediatric Hair Solutions recommends all family members of a child diagnosed with head lice be checked as their is a high rate of exposure among family members.

Dr. Fassler also discussed the various treatments for getting rid of head lice. He pointed out that lice are becoming increasingly resistant to commonly used over-the-counter treatments such as RID and Nix. Recent research confirms that the so-called ‘super lice’ have mutated to develop a resistant to the chemicals found in over-the-counter solutions.

Combating super-lice requires a non-toxic approach. Dr. Fassler said manual removal can be effective but is very time consuming and a single missed nit can lead to persistent infestation.

He told the audience the most effective treatments are those offered by Pediatric Hair Solutions and other affiliates of Lice Clinics of America that use the FDA cleared AirAllé™ heated air device. The 30 minute heated air treatment dehydrates lice and their eggs. In combination with pre and post treatment with a non-toxic solution, the process is proven to be 100% effective.

 

Don’t Be Afraid of Head Lice Treatment

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We understand how intimidating it can be to step into a clinic for head lice treatment. There’s a stigma that can come with head lice, and while based on myths and rumors, it is something we all have to deal with. Even though head lice are a problem that is completely manageable, it can make any parent, teacher, or coach shudder. Head lice treatment ought to be a service that relieves the stress and anxiety that comes with discovering an infestation. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we strive for excellence, providing the best in head lice treatment available anywhere.

It’s confidential. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to head lice, and we understand your concern! When you have head lice and need treatment, the last thing you want to deal with is unwanted attention or prying questions. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we take pride in providing confidential treatment in our clinics. We even offer mobile lice treatment services. Contact us to learn more.

It’s safe and effective. At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we use the AirAllé device in conjunction with a convenient at-home pre-treatment and post-treatment. These three steps combine for a 100% success rate in lice removal! All of our products are non-toxic and safe for the whole family, and the AirAllé device is fast and painless. You have nothing to fear when you come to Pediatric Hair Solutions for head lice treatment.

It’s professional. Established by a nurse with a dream to help families, Pediatric Hair Solutions is your local, professional resource for head lice information and treatment. Our staff of healthcare professionals is committed to providing the safest and highest quality of care available.

No one should ever be afraid of head lice treatment! Our treatment is non-toxic and kid-friendly, all at an affordable price and in a professional environment. These creepy, crawly insects, although harmless, cause stress for many people. Head lice are an inconvenient reality, especially for families with school-aged children, but Pediatric Hair Solutions is here to help!

Stay Lice-Free: Tips for College Students

Treating lice in college students

Do you have a child heading off to college soon? Or are you a college student yourself, about to move into your dorm? Well, chances are, in between registering for classes and buying textbooks and dorm room furnishings, you haven’t thought about how to protect yourself against head lice. Head lice in college, you ask?

As we’ve mentioned before, head lice do not discriminate! Students who live in dorms are in relatively close proximity to other people all the time, and the potential for sharing items is very high. These are all things head lice love! Don’t start worrying too much, though. Here are a few tips to help protect against head lice in college:

  • Keep clothing and laundry separate between roommates. This is a great way to stop lice from spreading via clothing. Although head lice do not live very long off the human head, there is still a chance for them to spread. Every roommate should have a separate closet, if possible, and a separate laundry hamper.
  • Avoid sharing anything that touches the head. This includes hats, scarves, hoodies, pillows, headphones, hair accessories, and anything else that comes in contact with your head. Also, avoid direct head-to-head contact as much as possible, as this is the most common way head lice are spread. Taking a roomie selfie? Watch out for head-to-head contact, it’s harder than you think!
  • Take extra care at the gym. The gym is a place where a lot of people are sharing the same facility, so the chances of spreading head lice, while slim, are still present. Simply bring your own towel as much as possible and keep your items secured in a locker.

In the chance that you or your roommate discover head lice, there are a few things you should do right away:

  • Don’t panic. Head lice infestations are very treatable and as long as you take the precautions listed above, you will not spread the head lice.
  • You and your roommate should both get treatment. No matter who actually discovers the infestation, it is our recommendation that all roommates get treatment or at least a professional check for head lice. We recommend the same for families, or anyone living in the same space.
  • Let your other floormates and classmates know. Although there are many who still stigmatize head lice as only affecting certain people or people with certain habits, it is important to know that head lice do not discriminate in any way – anyone can get them! This is why it’s so important to spread the word. If you would prefer to do so anonymously, we offer Lice Alerts, a free and anonymous way to alert people who may have been exposed.

College should be an amazing experience full of learning, fun, and friendship. Don’t let head lice get in the way! If you or someone you know needs treatment or a check for head lice, stop by your local Pediatric Hair Solutions clinic. We specialize in fast, efficient, and non-toxic lice treatment that you can count on.

The Non-Effectiveness of Over-The-Counter Head Lice Treatments

OTC lice treatments don't work

Before you decide to run to the local drugstore to pick up an over-the-counter (OTC) head lice treatment, take a moment to consider your options. While several OTC treatments have received promotion by some, they are ultimately not effective for treating head lice. With over 20 years of experience as healthcare professionals and five years as head lice experts, we have seen first-hand the non-effectiveness of OTC head lice treatments.

 

Chemical/Pesticide Treatments

OTC lice treatment shampoos are only targeted to kill adult and adolescent nymph lice, leaving out nits and young nymphs. Over time, they develop an ability to resist specific chemicals, making the use of such chemicals completely useless for treating head lice. Additionally, these pesticides for head lice have always been unable to kill nits or less reliably kill young nymph lice. What these chemically-based OTC treatments leave you with is the potential for harmful side-effects, nits left behind that will hatch and cause more trouble, and, of course, an unnecessary expenditure.

 

Several studies and the experience of families we see every day are telling us how resilient head lice are becoming to the chemicals used in OTC lice treatments. This resistance is typical of any insect being targeted by pesticides, and it is common in agriculture. There is simply no point in putting your loved ones through a chemical lice treatment when the results are sub-par and harmful side-effects a likely possibility.

 

Non-chemical Treatments

Even OTC treatments that suffocate the lice instead of using a chemical to kill them are not very effective. Lice are incredibly versatile in dealing with surrounding elements and can withstand being submerged in water or any other suffocating item for several hours. Even if you cover your head in an OTC smothering treatment or a DIY treatment overnight, there is a possibility that the head lice, especially the nits, were able to survive. Who wants to take that chance?

 

Effective Lice Treatment

At Pediatric Hair Solutions, we have a complete treatment that is 100% safe and effective for the whole family. There is no messing with harmful chemicals or greasy solutions here. We use the AirAllé™ device along with our carefully developed, all-natural products for a full treatment you can trust. Additionally, when you come to one of our clinics you can rest assured that your lice treatment is in the hands of trained professionals. We’re here to make getting rid of lice as quick and painless as possible!

 

Teenagers and Head Lice: Tips for Parents

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Teenagers like to think they are invincible and immune to things such as head lice, but unfortunately they are not. Head lice do not discriminate based on anything, least of all age. That being said, teenagers often take it the hardest when a head lice infestation is discovered. It could be viewed as a social disaster, creepy inconvenience, horribly disgusting, or all of the above! Luckily, there are a few ways to prepare yourself and your teen for the possibility of head lice, hopefully making the situation much less traumatic.

 

  • Practice lice prevention at home. The more your family knows about head lice and practices regular preventative measures the better prepared you and your teen will be for any outbreak that may happen. Of course, no one wants to deal with the hassle that is head lice, but the more you know, the better equipped you are for an outbreak. Plus the more open you are about discussing head lice and preventative measures the more you can de-mystify this inconvenient bug. If you know that a classmate or teammate has it, be sure to fix long hair tightly in a bun or braid.
  • Everyone is susceptible. Getting lice can be much more traumatic for teens than young children. Often, the social environment for teens is more volatile and unpredictable. It is easy to see how devastating lice can be for teens when at that age anything can be construed as abnormal, unacceptable, or just plain weird. Typically those are the last things a teenager wants to be associated with, which is why it is imperative for you to make clear how “normal” the appearance of lice is. Anyone and everyone is susceptible to a lice infestation. There are no exceptions!
  • Get the community involved. While your teen may not be so excited about you running around the community talking about head lice, it can make quite the difference. If you are comfortable doing so, go to the parents of your teen’s friends and discuss how everyone can contribute to preventing head lice. Also, if your teen’s school doesn’t have a lice policy in place, perhaps it is time to get that ball rolling.

 

On the chance that your teen does get lice, here are a few suggestions for how to move forward:

 

  • Stay calm, cool, and collected. As much as possible, you as the parent need to be as calm about head lice as possible for your teen. The teenage years are an emotional rollercoaster, and they’ll need someone to calmly guide them through it.
  • Show support. As if teenage social life wasn’t hard enough, getting lice could potentially be devastating for your teen. Show your support for your teen by being helpful and respectful of their feelings, however dramatic.
  • Get treatment. You can no longer find success with over-the-counter treatment solutions as lice have developed a resistance to them over the years. Luckily, you have a super fast and effective treatment available to you at Pediatric Hair Solutions! In less than an hour, you can be in and out of our clinic, ready to get back to your life before lice. Our healthcare professionals on staff are well equipped to ease the stress of your teen’s lice infestation while quickly eradicating the problem. With a fully effective and complete treatment, your teen will be back to their old self in no time!