Head Lice Service

Serving San Francisco, North & East Bay, Peninsula and South Bay (415) 608-8336 or (425) 566-5423

FAQ Directory

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Most Frequently Asked Questions! -  FAQ

#1: Where do head lice come from?

No one knows for sure, but evidence of lice goes back many centuries. Their shells have been found on mummies once sealed in ancient tombs, as well as in prehistoric burial grounds in North America. There are literary references to lice as far back as 16 B.c where Egyptians once concocted their own remedies for head lice. In most cases head lice are transmitted from one human to another, primarily through head-to-head contact.

#2: How are head lice contracted?

In most cases head lice are transmitted from one human to another, primarily through head-to-head contact. A smaller number of infections occur because of loose strands of hair, less than 2% of all active cases are contracted by picking up a hitchhiker (an abandoned strand of hair with a crawling louse still attached). As such, treating for head lice means treating the whole household, including personalized methodical treatment of the active case(s), and at, minimum, screening and combing all close contact family members and friends.

#3: Is treating an active head lice infestation easy?

To the untrained eye - No. To be successful, the tedious labor intensive step-by-step head lice removal process must be done right the first time. Otherwise the risk of chronic infestation to oneself and others remains. Moreover, since one cannot successfully treat oneself, we recommend time and resources are wisely placed in capable hand to ensure initial and swift success the first time. Unfortunately there is little success with over-the-counter product or home remedies, for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately there is no quick remedy to eliminating a head lice case. The most effective way to treat and prevent head lice is routine combing using effective tools and a step-by-step proven process. Being thorough the first time is essential in getting a head lice infestation under control. Unfortunately laborious time consuming efforts too often ends in frustration, exhaustion and a continued case of head lice.

#4:What housekeeping must be done?

Wash clothing and bedding that the infected person used in the last 24 hours at 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Tumble dry items on the hottest cycle possible for no less than 20 minutes. Dry-clean all other items or close them in airtight plastic bags for 24 hours (including stuffed animals). Clean brushes and combs by steeping them for 24 hours. Finally, vacuum floors furniture and the car upholstery.

#5: Do lice come from dirty heads?

A common misconception is that head lice live on or prefer dirty hair. Actually head lice do not discriminate based on hygiene. A head lice needs a host to survive and will cross over when there is an opportunity.

#6: What age population is most likely to get head lice?.

While most studies report head lice are most commonly found on children ranging from age three to eleven, newer research shows the largest number of cases are found on children between the ages of nine and sixteen. However, everyone young and old are susceptible to contracting head lice

#7: Why is follow-up screening essential?.

It is extremely important to have a follow up recheck, Since it takes a nit (louse egg) 7-8 days to hatch, then another 7-8 days before it matures. Performing a timely recheck 7 days later will ensure that the condition is under control and all evidence has been remove, otherwise a re-infestation could occur.

#8: Does health coverage pay for treatments?.

No health coverage will not cover head lice treatments, However a flexible health spending account will. We will provide an invoice for lice treatment costs

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