frequently asked questions

Head lice prevention

a Head lice prevention begins by avoiding contact with people who have head lice. Since it is impossible to know who has head lice and who does not, it is recommended that individuals (especially children) not share personal belongings that come in contact with the head and hair of other children such as hairbrushes, headbands and hair clips, hats, clothing, coats, helmets, pillows, sleeping bags and other sports equipment. This, however, can be hard to teach and enforce, especially among very young children. Head lice passes easily among children and teens because they are so frequently in close, even head-to-head, contact. Tying back hair into ponytails or braids can help prevent the spread of head lice as can spraying children’s hair with a solution made of garlic and water—the smell helps to repel lice.
a No. Head lice infestations have no relation to personal cleanliness, if anything lice seem to pass more easily among those who have very clean hair. Lice are remarkably resilient creatures—once an individual has head lice, they cannot be washed away.
a No. Color treated hair is not more or less susceptible to a head lice infestation, nor will hair dyes kill head lice or eggs.
a No. It is a myth that head lice are more prevalent among unclean or cluttered environments. Anyone can get head lice regardless of the cleanliness of one’s home.
a Once you have been treated by Lice Troopers, we provide a set of follow-up instructions that help you to take the necessary steps to protect your child and your home from a repeat infestation. Kids should be especially careful of head-to-head contact as when taking pictures together ("selfies") and should avoid sharing brushes, towels, pillows, hats and sports equipment. These are the most common means by which lice spreads and new infestations get started. We also offer a preventative garlic spray that helps repel lice as it tricks them into thinking the hair is dirty. While this spray can help to prevent lice, it cannot kill lice once you have it. We also recommend notifying close friends if your child has had lice so that they can make an appointment to be screened for head lice as well.
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