NO ITCH, NO LICE: FACT OR FICTION?

Often, the telltale sign that a child has contracted lice is vigorous head-scratching. It’s no wonder that infected kids itch like crazy – head lice bites can be very irritating to the scalp. Should you or your child experience this kind of discomfort, it’s a sign that head lice have taken up residence and multiplied, and it’s best to seek professional treatment immediately before the problem spreads or worsens.

But what if just one of your children is itchy, while the rest of the family seems fine? Or, your school has experienced a lice outbreak, but your children are showing no signs of scratching? While your first instinct may be to heave a sigh of relief that you’ve beat the odds, you’d be wise to proceed with caution.
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The fact is that while many people do experience pronounced itchiness and discomfort when infected with lice, others seem relatively unbothered by the presence of these parasites. Some people’s skin is simply more sensitive to lice bites, just as skin irritants like mosquito bites or certain cosmetics can cause varying reactions in individuals.

What’s more, the life cycle of lice play into symptoms and their emergence. A louse has three life stages – egg, nymph, and adult. Once a female louse lays its eggs, or nits, it can take more than a week for them to hatch. The nymph is an immature insect that takes a week to reach adulthood. Once mature, an adult louse can live up to 30 days on a human head with regular feedings of blood – yuck!

All that said – and gross out factor aside – a child can be completely symptom-free for the first week or so of infection. It can be difficult for the untrained eye to even see tiny nits attached to the hair shaft. By the time itching starts, lice are firmly established and reproducing rapidly. 

The earlier you can detect infection and start lice elimination treatment, the faster and more easily the issue can be remedied. If you’re facing risk factors such as an infected family member, friend, or classmate, don’t rely on scratching and itching for diagnosis. Carefully check the roots of your child’s hair for nits and lice, and if you’re uncertain give Lice Lifters DFW a call. A professional head check can give you the peace of mind you need, and if treatment is needed, our natural and nontoxic protocol is 100% safe for your family. At Lice Lifters DFW, we’re here to help – call 972-805-1308 or contact infodfw@licelifters.com.

MYTH BUSTERS: LICE LIFTERS EDITION

Part of our mission at Lice Lifters is to make a difference by spreading the truth about lice, how we get them, and how to get rid of them. Nevertheless, myths abound in popular culture, and well-intentioned parents find themselves bombarded with falsehoods on a regular basis. Today, let’s take a look at some of the most common myths surrounding lice and dispel them once and for all.

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MYTH #1: Lice prefer dirty hair.

Not true! These creatures are equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of shampooing frequency. In fact, lice may be more likely to infect clean hair because it is easier to attach to a squeaky-clean hair shaft.

MYTH #2: Lice can inest your home.

False! Lice can only live away from a human host for 24-36 hours – they can’t even live on your pets. The eggs, or nits, cannot survive if not attached to a hair shaft. That said, excessive cleaning measures in the home are simply not necessary. A good vacuuming and hot tumble in the dryer for any bedding or stuffed animals should be sufficient.

MYTH #3: Lice like long hair.

Sure, lice like long hair – and short hair as well! Bottom line: boys or girls with short hair are not protected from lice any more than those with long tresses. Even kids with buzz cuts can get lice! If there’s an outbreak in your area, check long- and short-haired family members with equal scrutiny.

MYTH #4: If I’m not itchy, I can’t have lice.

Wrong! Only about half of people who carry lice experience stereotypical head scratching. It is lice bites more than the lice themselves that cause itching, and it can take 3 to 4 weeks for the bites to become an issue. If one family member is diagnosed with lice infection, have everyone checked regardless of symptoms – mom and dad, too!

If you suspect a lice outbreak in your family, the best thing you can do to prevent spread is to start treatment immediately. Using a professional service like Lice Lifters is the easiest way to eradicate the problem before it spirals out of control. We offer head checks for the entire family and apply the cost of the check toward our guaranteed treatment. Plus, you’ll love that our highly effective protocol is safe, natural, and nontoxic. Should your family be the target of these persistent parasites, please get in touch with the Lice Lifters team – call 972-805-1308 or contact infodfw@licelifters.com.

OUR BEST ANTI-LICE TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS & BEYOND

Season’s Greetings from the Lice Lifters DFW Team

As I reflect back on our first year here at Lice Lifters DFW, I’m thankful for so much – with our wonderful customers topping the list. Without their support, we could not have met with such success, and it has been a pleasure providing a valuable service to the DFW community. To any customers who are reading, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

As a small token of my appreciation, I’d like to share my own, personal, all-time favorite tips for keeping lice at bay. Some of them are well known, and others not, but all are great tips for preventing lice infestation in your family. Without further ado, here they are:

  • The Lice Lifters Mint Detangling Spray: This amazing product not only detangles hair like a dream, but deters lice as well. Its effectiveness comes from the divine smell of mint – heavenly to us, but detestable to lice. Pick some up in our shop today, and use this as a preventative measure with your family.
  • Never share combs and brushes with friends: Don’t do it. Period. End of story.
  • Skip selfies with friends: This seemingly harmless practice breaks the number one rule of avoiding lice infestation – avoiding close head-to-head contact. Lice can’t survive for long without a human host, so giving them direct passage from one head to another is the most surefire way to catch creepy crawlies from unsuspecting friends.
  • Pony up. If you have long hair, pull it up into a single ponytail. Containing hair makes it harder for lice to take hold.
  • Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Pillow): Avoid sharing pillows at sleepovers. While lice can’t live long on inanimate objects, it’s better to not take chances. When kids stay over with friends, pack a pillow.

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Thanks again to everyone out there who has helped us get off to a great start at Lice Lifters DFW. We’re proud to offer safe, natural, non-toxic head lice treatment. Should unwelcome guests (ahem) arrive over the holiday break, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – call 972-805-1308 or contact me at infodfw@licelifters.com.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, OR FESTIVAL OF LICE?

The Truth About Lice During Winter and the Holidays

As temperatures drop, we generally see a drop in insects and other pests. Sadly, this does not apply to head lice populations, and you might even notice more infestations in your community. For one, all of those cozy hats, scarves, coats, and other wintertime accessories we love to wear make it that much easier to spread the nasty critters. We also tend to spend more time indoors and in closer quarters, and all that togetherness means we’re sharing more than holiday cheer – we’re sharing nits and head lice as well.

While the odds of your kids coming home with unwelcome, six-legged guests may be heightened during the holidays, there’s no need to despair. By following a few simple tips, you can reduce your family’s risk of head lice infection.

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  1. Avoid coat racks: While head lice can’t fly or jump, they do crawl, and a crowded coat rack at school allows them the opportunity to migrate. Head lice can’t live long without a human host, but they might just survive long enough to hitch a ride home with your child! If possible, have your kids hang coats and other winter wear on the backs of their chairs at school.
  2. No sharing: This rule applies year-round, but winter hats, earmuffs, and scarves provide additional temptation to swap gear. Let your kids know that this is not the time to practice sharing!
  3. Check heads regularly: Especially if you’re aware of frequent outbreaks in your area, consider checking your family’s heads regularly for head lice and nits. It’s always easier to treat an infection sooner rather than later, and before the lice have spread to all family members.

Should your best efforts fail, and you find your family in the midst of a lice outbreak, early treatment is your best defense for eliminating the pests once and for all. There’s no need to let head lice spoil your holiday season when swift treatment is available. At Lice Lifters DFW, we offer head checks for the entire family, and fees for this service are waived when a treatment plan is pursued. We feel good about our natural, non-toxic head lice treatment, and guarantee results. For more information, get in touch with us at Lice Lifters DFW – call 972-805-1308 or contact me at infodfw@licelifters.com.

LICE TREATMENT

Can You Use Your Health Savings Account?

Here at Lice Lifters DFW, we get questions from time to time about whether lice treatment is a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) approved expense. The truth? It’s a gray area – a big one. Read on to learn more about the exciting world of HSAs and FSAs (read tongue in cheek), and lice and nit removal.

First off, what are HSAs and FSAs? If your family is enrolled in a high-deductible health insurance plan, you can take advantage of the tax benefits of an HSA, while the FSA is available only for those with employer-sponsored health plans. Both are savings accounts that afford tax advantages for approved medical expenses. Approved healthcare expenses can run the gamut – from acupuncture to x-ray.

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So is lice removal an approved expense? Possibly. HSA and FSA holders have met with different levels of success in this realm. Many plans will reimburse head lice treatment expenses after you pay for the service and submit an itemized receipt. Some may require a physician’s note recommending lice removal. Contact your plan administrator for clarification – should your insurance company give you the go ahead, we are able to accept most HSA and FSA credit cards for treatments. Again, please check with your insurance before hand or give us a call at Lice Lifters DFW.

If your HSA or FSA does not cover lice treatment, the service may still be deductible on your family’s tax return – your tax consultant can offer details. In addition, a limited number of health insurance policies may cover head lice removal, so it never hurts to call your insurer and ask.

We love being experts in our field – lice and nit elimination may not be glamorous, but the gratitude our clients show makes it all worth it. That said, we hope you’ll defer to the experts at your health insurance company for sound advice as to whether lice removal expenses are an approved expense under your HSA or FSA plan. For pro advice about safe, natural treatment for head lice elimination, look to Lice Lifters DFW – call 972-805-1308 or contact me at infodfw@licelifters.com.

CAN FURRY FRIENDS SPREAD HEAD LICE?

The Facts About Cross Contamination With Pets

Your children may share everything with the family pet – from their beds to ice cream cones. But head lice and nits are things you don’t need to worry about passing along to Fluffy or Fido. That’s because the variety of lice kids (and adults) carry is quite persnickety and thrives exclusively on human hosts.

When a child comes home with head lice, all human family members do need to be examined to rule out further infestation. Bringing the family to Lice Lifters DFW for professional head checks is a great place to start. But poring over furry friends in search of head lice is completely unnecessary – so heave a sigh of relief and cross that chore off of your to-do list!

Furry Friends Spread Lice

It is interesting to note that there are specific varieties of lice that do live on pets. But there’s no need to worry about contracting lice from animals – just as some lice are partial to humans, these lice are specific to their host. For instance, there are lice that live only on cats, as well as lice that prefer dogs.

Lice infestations on pets are far more rare than human outbreaks, so you are highly unlikely to encounter this affliction. Here at Lice Lifters DFW, we specialize in eliminating lice and nits on humans. Should you suspect that your pet has lice, call your veterinarian promptly for professional advice about how to remedy the problem.

Have you just discovered head lice in your family? Or have you unsuccessfully tried to battle an outbreak without professional help? Regardless of where you are in the process, we want to help you eliminate those persistent pests once and for all with our proven, safe, and natural treatment. In addition to regular business hours, we offer after-hours appointments upon request. Call 972-805-1308 or contact me at infodfw@licelifters.com to schedule your visit to Lice Lifters DFW.

BACK TO SCHOOL…NOT BACK TO LICE!

It’s the start of a new school year! Time for freshly sharpened pencils, a crispness in the air, learning and growing, and creepy crawly infestations. Yes, you read that last bit correctly. Fall is when we see a spike in head lice incidence. Students are ideal prey for head lice – youngsters cluster in close quarters and tend to have fine hair that makes it easier for lice to attach.

It’s also a fact that chemical lice treatments are becoming ineffective. According to a new study, head lice in 25 or more states have developed resistance to over-the-counter remedies – even those widely recommended by physicians and schools. The good news is that there are measures families can take to reduce the likelihood of bringing home these despicable creatures. Take a look at our top 6 simple tips for avoiding nits and lice this school year.

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  1. Style with a purpose. A styling product like The Nit Nanny Mint Detangler Spray gives a one-two punch – it makes combing out hair a breeze as it deters lice. Plus, it’s non-toxic and safe for the whole family. Made with all natural ingredients, it can be used on wet or dry hair as a preventative measure to help repel lice. As a added bonus, its fresh scent is highly offensive to lice but heavenly to humans.
  1. Rock a fresh hairstyle. With boys, this is as simple as keeping hair short. For girls with longer hair, explore the many fashionable possibilities for wearing hair up – from a simple ponytail to elaborate buns and braids, a contained hairstyle is more difficult for lice to penetrate than a loose mane.
  1. Y.O.H. (Bring Your Own Headphones). If your child regularly visits a technology lab at school where public headphones are worn, it’s wise to send along earbuds for personal use.
  1. Avoid Performance Anxiety. We’re talking about shared use of wigs, hats, costumes, and brushes during school plays and other events. If your child is involved in these kinds of activities, encourage implementation of some basic anti-lice policies. A regular head check of kids involved in the production is a start. Using professional grade disinfectants on shared hair implements or having each child use their own styling supplies can help, too.
  1. Safety First…Equipment, That Is. Shared helmets, especially those that see frequent use in P.E. classes, can spread lice in rapid order. If your child is involved in a sport, you can purchase your own, high-quality safety gear if you’re concerned. At the same time, make sure your kids know that a case of head lice pales in comparison to the lifelong consequences of a serious head injury. It should always be top priority to protect your noggin, regardless of lice infection.
  1. Starry Nights. Whether it’s a night at home with the besties, a cheer squad sleepover, or an overnight band trip, individual sleeping bags are a better bet than shared bedding and pillows. Encouraging kids to sleep in a star pattern with feet touching and heads radiating out can also make a difference in preventing spread of lice – tell them it’s so no one has to sleep on the end and feel left out. 
  1. It’s All About Accessorizing. Hats, hair bands, and scarves…the list of possibly contaminated items goes on. Ask your kids to keep their stylish extras to themselves. In addition, hanging a jacket on the back of a chair rather than in a crowded coat rack area is smart thinking.

If preventative measures fail and you find your family in the midst of a head lice outbreak, never fear. At Lice Lifters DFW, we’ll not only help you eliminate head lice, but we’ll do it using a non-toxic and all-natural treatment protocol. After school and evening appointments are available. Questions? Contact us anytime at 972-805-1308 or at infodfw@licelifters.com.

SUMMER CAMP SHOULDN’T BE LOUSY

50% Off Lice Check For Campers

Summertime is just around the corner! For some kids, that means an unforgettable getaway at summer camp – but no one wants to take home memories of head lice. The reality is that any time you put a bunch of kids in close quarters, a head lice outbreak is a possibility.

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Many camps perform head checks upon arrival at camp, and if your child is found to be infested, he or she will have to be treated and declared lice-free before admittance. This does help to cut down on lice outbreaks at camp, but it certainly presents an inconvenience and a delay to your family’s summer plans.

Some summer camps require a professional head lice check prior to arrival. Even if your child’s camp does not require this step, having a pre-camp lice check drastically reduces the chance that your camper will be turned away, making life much easier for mom and dad. That’s why this summer, Lice Lifters is offering pre-camp head checks for 50% off regular cost.

Don’t be taken by surprise – schedule an appointment today and let us perform an examination before your child heads off to summer camp. Our central Metroplex location in Frisco makes it easy to check this off your to-do list. Happy camping from all of us at Lice Lifters DFW!