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About head lice infestations

a If you believe your child has been exposed to head lice, or you have observed lice or nits in your child’s hair, do not delay in scheduling a screening. Once head lice have been confirmed, the next step is treatment. Head lice can be a vicious cycle and they do not go away on their own. Lice Troopers treats head lice in our salon or in the comfort of your home.
a If another child has had lice, it is wise to schedule a head lice screening for your child as well. This can provide peace of mind that your child is lice free or, if lice are discovered, treatment can be handled immediately.
a Yes. Nurses often have to screen several children at one time, so lice can be easy to misdiagnose. A screening by one of our lice removal experts can verify that your child does indeed have lice, saving you the cost of treatment in the case of a mistaken diagnosis.
a As soon as possible. Waiting only increases your child’s discomfort and increases the risk of spreading the lice to others. Make an appointment with Lice Troopers to have your child thoroughly examined for head lice. If lice are discovered, we can treat the condition immediately.
a Yes, you should definitely notify the school that your child has had head lice and that you believe other children in the school may have it as well. We can provide you with email notifications for alerting teachers or school administrators.
a A head lice infestation begins with contact with a single louse or nit. The life cycle of head lice involves the adult head lice laying their eggs (nits) in the hair of its human host. The eggs hatch and develop into more adult lice, which then feed on the blood of their host several times a day by biting into the scalp. The lice lay more eggs and the cycle repeats itself indefinitely. When lice bite into the scalp, they leave open sores that can lead to an infection. People who suffer from blood-related medical conditions are especially susceptible.
a No. Head lice continue to lay eggs, which hatch and grow into new adult head lice all over the scalp and hair of their host. This cycle will continue indefinitely if the lice are not properly treated and every louse and nit removed.
a Untreated, the head lice will continue to multiply on the head of their host, biting into the skin to suck the blood. The saliva that head lice release when they bite into the scalp causes an allergic reaction that produces itchy welts. As the infested individual repeatedly scratches these welts, they can become open sores susceptible to infection. The longer the head lice persists, the greater the chance of spreading it to family members and classmates. Save your child this pain and distress and protect against the spread of head lice by having head lice treated promptly.
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