Does Lice Shampoo Work?
This leads to a common pattern of lice suppression and resurgence when families use lice shampoos and prescription treatments.
What does that mean? Since lice shampoos only kill live bugs and not their eggs, it’s up to parents to comb out every single lice egg. If just one or two are left behind, it will take about 3 weeks for those left behind eggs to hatch, starting a new cycle of lice infestation.
During those weeks, parents think they have the problem under control, not knowing those eggs are developing into live bugs. This is also a common reason lice are spread to other family members and classmates. In other words, the lice aren’t necessarily coming back, they were never completely gone in the first place.
MANY families come to us after using multiple rounds of lice shampoos without success. READ MORE HERE about recurring head lice and what you can do about it.
What are the symptoms of lice?
Sensation of something moving in the hair
Red or pustular sores on the scalp caused by scratching
Swollen lymph nodes in the front and back of the neck
How do I know if I have lice?
The best way to confirm an active case of head lice is by finding a live nymph or adult louse on the scalp or hair. Adult and nymphal lice are very small, move quickly, and avoid light, so they may be difficult to find. Using a fine toothed louse comb helps in correctly diagnosing head lice.
If you have lice, you will have nits/eggs in your hair. If you have nits, they have been laid by live lice. Nits do not spontaneously appear and are not themselves contagious.
Viable nits are usually located within 1/4 inch of the scalp. The nits are small teardrop-shaped eggs that show up differently in different colored hair. The darker your hair, the lighter the nits will appear. The lighter your hair, the more closely the nits will blend in with your hair. It is more challenging to find the nits on lighter hair colors.
Nits are essentially “glued” into the hair. They will not move without being pulled with some force with your fingernails. Once you get them to budge, they will only move up and down the hair shaft (rather like a bead on a bracelet.) If you pull it all the way off and lay it on a white napkin or tissue, it will have a brownish tint to it.
Dandruff will not be “stuck” in the hair, and will move if you brush it with your finger or blow on it lightly.
I think my child has head lice, now what?
How does Pediatric Hair Solutions differ from other treatments and services?
Dr. Fassler studied the effectiveness of the Pediatric Hair Solution treatment process and presented his research to the Pediatric Infectious Disease Research Conference. The study was based on more than 280 patients using Pediatric Hair Solution’s three-step treatment process. The study revealed a 100% success rate using a heated air medical device in conjunction with safe, non-toxic treatment solutions.
Are the treatments at Pediatric Hair Solutions covered by insurance?
We also have a 100% reimbursement rate with Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
For your convenience, we provide you with the appropriate form including diagnostic and procedure codes needed to submit claims for reimbursement.
Your pre-filled CMS 1500 form to file with your insurance provider will be included with your discharge papers. If you prefer, you can call your healthcare insurer prior to your appointment to confirm insurance coverage.
If your claim is denied, you may request a letter of medical necessity written by the Medical Director at Pediatric Hair Solutions, Dr. John Fassler.
Do you treat adults?
How do you get lice?
Head lice are most commonly spread from direct head-to-head contact (hugging, whispering, sharing a pillow, etc.) Less commonly, they can also be spread by sharing brushes, combs, hats, scarves, hoodies, etc. Lice do not live more than 48 hours off of their host.
Do lice jump?
Can dogs get lice?
Where does lice come from? Who is at risk of getting head lice?
Can lice make you sick?
What do lice eat?
How big are lice?
Can you see lice?
Why can’t we just use the over-the-counter or “home remedy” options to get rid of head lice?
We can corroborate that finding; the vast majority of our clients have tried one or more of the over-the-counter treatments and still found live bugs before calling us.
While home nit-picking is always an option, we don’t recommend some of the other treatments you may find on the internet. Pouring Listerine, alcohol, vinegar, kerosene, or similar liquids on your child’s head is not only ineffective – it is dangerous! Many times even the less extreme home treatments will irritate your scalp or damage your hair.
If you opt to try treating at home, you need to be prepared to set aside a few hours each day (per child) for the next two to three weeks in order to eradicate the problem…keeping in mind that even one missed egg will start the infestation over again. Pediatric Hair Solutions offers a traditional Do it Yourself kit that will give you the products and information you need to complete this process.
How do I treat my home for lice? Can lice live on hard surfaces?
The first thing to remember is head lice can not live off the human host for more than 48 hours. Also, lice do not have “feet” and can not travel well an smooth hard surfaces. Lice can not jump or fly. Nits/eggs need to be in a warm, dark, moist place to incubate. Please do not use a pesticide spray on furniture. Remember, lice are resistant and the use of pesticides can have harmful side effects.
Clean all bed and bath linens that have come in contact with affected individuals. Place clothing, linens, etc in the dryer on high heat for 30-40 minutes. Do the same with clothing and outerwear worn within 48 hours.
Vacuum carseats, carpets, floors, mattresses, and furniture where there has been contactwithin last 48 hours.
All hair brushes and accessories need to be placed in baggies and put in the freezer for 48 hours and then washed thoroughly in hot soapy water. Label these items in the future so they are not shared.
Sports and bike helmets go into freezer for 48 hours.
There are many items that cannot be placed in the dryer, but must also be treated. Isolationis the best method for dealing with these items, including stuffed animals, pillows, or headphones. You should expect these items to be out of commission for at least 48 hours.
This process only needs to be done one time on day of treatment with the medical device.