To Comb or Not to Comb: Diagnosis and Treatment of Head Lice

Head lice infestations are quite the frequent occurrence. While they may be much more prevalent in children of school going age, practically anyone can fall victim to the parasites at any point in life. Head lice are not too particular about their victims—they do not distinguish according to gender, age, ethnicity, or even personal hygiene. All they need is access to a human scalp with at least 1/4 of an inch long strands or longer on it.


First things first, it’s important to make the correct diagnosis. Often, you can have a misdiagnosis if dandruff is mistaken for head lice. Generally, the hair is sifted through by parting it into sections and taking a close look in bright lighting at the root area of the strands. Head lice can be spotted crawling about, and nits, which are lice eggs, can be seen close to the root of hair strands. Once a proper diagnosis is made, ideally with the help of a professional, that’s where the treatment comes in.


Often, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments are recommended for the purposes of head lice removal. Not only are these notoriously ineffective methods, with lice developing a resistance to the chemicals used in them over the years, they are also potentially quite harmful. The best treatment option, one that is effective and harmless, is that of the combing treatment. In this, a product is applied to the hair to make it soft and manageable, then a special lice comb is used to systematically remove nits and adult lice from the hair. These combs generally have fine teeth that are spaced together closely, generally made of either plastic or metal. Not everyone has the skill and knowledge relevant to proper combing. In order to ensure effective treatment, you need someone who is well-versed in the art of head lice removal through the combing treatment. That’s where Lice Troopers comes in. Our head lice removal salons have expert technicians who have the necessary expertise and experience needed in order to eliminate head lice through the use of a specially designed high grade lice removal comb. Our professional lice removal service Coral Gables, Miami, and a number of other regions in the state of Florida. We provide our clients with a completely natural head lice treatment that is effective, with guaranteed success! We make sure not to make use of any chemical products, making our treatment method particularly safe for children. Give us a call at 800-403-5423 to book your appointment—we do in-home treatments with the utmost discretion too!