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.

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.

CREEPY CRAWLY READS BOOKS TO HELP KIDS DEAL WITH LICE

When kids get lice, treating them is a twofold proposition. Most obviously, you want to get rid of the little buggers ASAP – not only to eliminate your child’s itchiness and discomfort, but also to prevent spreading the infestation. The other aspect of a lice outbreak that parents must address is emotional in nature – the shame and embarrassment a child often feels as a result of having head lice.

Books can be a great way to start a conversation about head lice and take a lighthearted look at the situation. Whether read at home together or given to a teacher whose class has experienced an outbreak, here are a few titles to get you started:

Bugs in My Hair!
By David Shannon

Book of the year, third through fourth grade: "Bugs in My Hair!" by David Shannon
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Known for modern children’s classics like No, David!, Caldecott Honor recipient David Shannon offers a fun and informative read about head lice. Kids will take comfort in Shannon’s familiar illustrative style, giggle at his humorous tale, and pick up helpful facts along the way. Good news: As with all of our client stories here at #LiceLiftersDFW, this one has a happy ending.

Head Lice
By Elise Gravel

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Part of a series of nonfiction books about disgusting creatures, Elise Gravel’s fact-filled book about head lice features cartoon style illustrations with text bubbles and plenty of silliness to balance the basic facts. Even grownups will get a chuckle from passages such as, “I might be small, but to your parents, I’m scarier than a lion.”

Yikes – Lice!
By Donna Caffey

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This book shares one girl’s experience with lice using fun illustrations and a catchy rhyming format. Facts about lice are included on each spread, and text is at a level that even young children can understand.

Reading together about this creepy, crawly subject can help kids see that they aren’t alone when it comes to head lice. After all, the CDC estimates that between 6 and 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 11 contract head lice each year. If you’re struggling with stubborn lice in your household, please contact Lice Lifters DFW today. We can help you eliminate the problem once and for all using our non-toxic, natural treatment solution – call us at 972-805-1308 or email me at infodfw@licelifters.com.

MY FAMILY HAS LICE!

It’s not as bad as you think

Whether it’s a dreaded call from the school nurse or the discovery of nits after a slumber party, discovering that your child has head lice is always bad news. The good news is that by taking action quickly, you can make the process of eliminating head lice in your family relatively painless. What’s more, there are some pesky myths out there that make lice removal in the home seem a whole lot worse than it actually is. Read on for our top tips to take control of a lice outbreak in your household.

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  • Take action NOW. This is not the time to procrastinate in the face of an unpleasant task. Start the process ASAP to quickly eliminate head lice and prevent the infestation from spreading. That means letting school, child care, and friends know about the problem.
  • Get head checks for the entire family. If one person under your roof has lice, there’s a good possibility that others are infected as well. That’s why it’s best to have everyone in the family examined. Lice Lifters DFW offers professional head checks, and the examination fee is applied toward treatment if lice are found.
  • Get professional treatment. As a mom who has battled head lice, I can tell you that enlisting professionals will save you both time and serious anguish. In fact, when you follow the Lice Lifters DFW protocol, we guarantee the success of our treatment.
  • Clean wisely, not widely. While the idea of lice may disgust you, there’s no need to obsessively disinfect your entire home. Unlike fleas, lice require a human host to survive, so lice won’t lay eggs on sofas or stuffed toys. They don’t live on pets, and they don’t jump or fly. You’ll want to wash any bedding, clothing, and personal items (like brushes) that those infected have been in contact with over the past couple of days. In addition, a routine vacuuming of floors and furniture is in order. If you’re paranoid about pillows, plush bedtime buddies, or even hats and hair accessories, a spin on your dryer’s hot setting should put your fears to rest. Toxic insecticides and foggers are simply not necessary.

Hands down, the most important thing you can do to rid your household of lice is to make sure your family’s heads are lice free. At Lice Lifters DFW, we can not only eliminate lice and nits quickly, but we’ll do it using our nontoxic, natural treatment solution with no harmful pesticides. In addition to our regular business hours, we also offer after hours appointments upon request. Just call us at 972-805-1308 or email me 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!

BEST WAY TO ERADICATE LICE?

Fast Treatment, Compassion, and Courtesy

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its guidelines for dealing with head lice. The AAP advises prompt treatment, but also suggests that kids with an active head lice outbreak be allowed to attend school.

In theory, this advice makes sense. While a head lice infestation may be unpleasant and inconvenient, it does not endanger lives or constitute a health crisis. At the same time, Miss Manners would probably have a very different opinion about allowing a child with lice at school. As a parent having endured head lice on a family-wide scale, I would implore other families to use good, old-fashioned manners and common sense when dealing with lice. Some points to consider:

  • Having head lice can be extremely itchy and irritating. Allowing a child to attend school, rather than seeking immediate treatment, prolongs the discomfort. Putting a stop to a child’s suffering should take precedence.
  • While head lice do not jump and can’t survive for extended periods on surfaces, the critters can spread like wildfire nonetheless. How would you feel if another parent knowingly sent their infected child to school and passed the misery of head lice to your family? Make the choice you would want other parents to make and deal with lice immediately – this is one realm where sharing is not caring!
  • The AAP guidelines touch on chemical and prescription treatments for head lice but acknowledge that insect resistance to pesticides is a known problem. The Lice Lifters System is an ALL-NATURAL and highly effective treatment – and unlike conventional pesticides, our protocol is NON-TOXIC for your family.
  • Treatment can be quite speedy – there’s no need to miss an entire day of school or work. Lice Lifters DFW is centrally located in Frisco for quick access from all over the DFW Metroplex and beyond. Daytime and after-school appointments are available, and our phones are answered for extended hours — early morning, evening, or weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

When it comes to consideration and comfort, we say it’s best to err on the side of caution and treat lice as soon as they are detected. It certainly won’t hurt, and it just might prevent others from becoming infected.

HOW LICE LIFTERS IS DIFFERENT

3 Reasons to Choose Our All Natural Treatment

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve discovered head lice in your family. And if you’re like most parents, you are now feverishly researching the best means to eliminate these unwelcome visitors. As a mom who’s been in your shoes, I get it. After attempting to rid my kids of lice through various and sundry means, I learned a lot about what works best. In fact, the experience led me to open Lice Lifters Treatment Center. The bottom line? Our approach is different from any of the nit-picking and lice removal competition. Here’s how:

Lice Lifters is Non-Toxic

Some services use only a nit comb. Other treatments involve harmful pesticides. Both approaches are flawed. Missing a single nit with a comb can mean a whole new outbreak down the road. And pesticides are not only toxic to your child, but lice have become resistant to them – they are only 50% effective at killing head lice.

Lice Lifters offers a unique one-two punch in the salon. First, The Lice Lifters ® all-natural treatment kills 99.9% of live head lice in just 10 minutes, without use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. Second, we use a proprietary, micro-grooved nit comb to remove the offenders. After salon treatment, you’ll receive detailed instructions for follow up treatment at home. This non-toxic approach is the safest, most effective treatment available today.

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Lice Lifters is Pleasant

If you think of lice elimination as a dreaded task, think again. Our beautiful facility is outfitted for the comfort of your family, with comfortable waiting rooms with refreshments, fun play areas, and DVD players in every treatment room. Coming to Lice Lifters is like a trip to the salon or spa! Plus, with our staff of “lifticians”, we can treat multiple family members at the same time, speeding up the process. Isn’t that a happy thought?

Lice Lifters is Guaranteed

After receiving treatment at Lice Lifters — having your entire family checked and/or treated, purchasing the recommended products, and following our easy at-home instructions to a T, your family should be lice-free. We know our system works, and that’s why we guarantee it for a full month. In the extremely rare instance that your uninvited guests return, we’ll take care of the problem free of charge.

In a perfect world, our kids would never bring home head lice from school, slumber parties, or camp. But in reality, the CDC estimates that 6 to 12 million children of preschool and elementary school age are infested in the United States each year. In other words, if you’re facing a lice infestation, you are not alone! Let us make the lice elimination process easy and pleasant – call Lice Lifters Treatment Center at 972-805-1308 to schedule your appointment.