LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service Opens to Families in Palo Alto

Palo Alto, CA November 26, 2013 -(PR.com)


LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service in Palo Alto reports that it is seeing a jump in the incidence of head lice. November, prior to the holidays, is traditionally a quiet time for LiceDoctors but this year the company is receiving an extraordinarily high volume of calls in the San Francisco South Bay area. Head lice are the second largest cause of school absenteeism after the common cold.

According to Wendy Beck, owner of LiceDoctors, who is a pioneer in the field of lice treatment with 18 years’ experience, "the increase is in large part due to the growing resistance of lice to the chemical treatments. Often parents think that their children are lice and nit-free after treatment with pesticides, but if nits are left in the hair and there is no effective follow-up plan then the case will start up again.  In addition, various strains of lice are so hearty that they are immune to chemical treatments.” In addition, some people have no symptoms of head lice so they are not even aware that they are walking around in a contagious state.

Compounding the problem is the fact that many people do not know what head lice look like and also nits often camouflage in the hair, rendering them very difficult for the untrained eye to detect. Nits are translucent shells that are glued to the hair shaft; they contain a small brown bug called a nymph. These nits are particularly difficult to find in dark hair. Pulling the nit from the hair and placing it on a white background allows the viewer to see if the object is a nit or simply a piece of dandruff.

In addition, based on recommendations from the American Pediatric Association, many schools have begun to move away from “no nit” policies. The rationale is that by the time head lice are discovered in a child’s hair, they have likely been there several weeks giving the lice ample time to spread to other children. Since children are missing so much school, and are not in fact sick, the suggestion is that it is better for these students to remain in school. In addition, it is important to distinguish between lice and nits; the lice are contagious, while nits (eggs) are not. However, because some students have nits and are not effectively treating them, the nits hatch and then the bugs will eventually be transmitted to other children, thereby perpetuating the problem.

The best way to identify nits is to bring the child to a bright spot, either by a window, outside, or where there is a bright lamp. It is also important for parents to know how lice are spread. Lice spread primarily through head to head contact.

Bringing in professional help can save you time and money. For lice removal in the home service 7 days a week, day and night, call LiceDoctors at (408) 599-3198 or find them on the web at www.licedoctors.com.


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