FAQ's About Head Lice

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Even though head lice cause most of us to get the “creepy-crawlies” and can cause panic, they do not cause disease. Lice can be removed calmly, quickly, safely and organically in the privacy of your own home by calling or texting Lice Wizard at 650-338-9588.

Head lice are most common among younger children who tend to play more closely. They huddle in groups, wrestle, share brushes, combs, hair clips, and hats. However, anyone with hair can get lice, no matter what age.  A head lice infestation does not mean you have a dirty home or that your family is not practicing good hygiene.

Because lice rely on a human host in order to survive, frantically deep cleaning the house, bleaching surfaces and/or disposing clothes, sheets and stuffed animals is not needed. A simple, but thorough, cleaning is advised. Washable items that have been in contact with lice within the past 48-hours may be washed. That favorite stuffed animal or pillow can placed in a dryer for 30-minutes on high heat.

Lice Wizard is available for a consultation by calling 650-338-9588.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lice Wizard and Head Lice

Head lice are not a a sign of poor hygiene. Head lice affects people across all levels of income and social classes regardless of hygiene practices. The bugs can survive underwater for up to 6 hours, so kiddos who bathe regularly are just as vulnerable.

You can defend against your family getting a lice infestation by asking your kids not to share hats, combs, brushes, or other hair related items with their friends or classmates. Examining your child’s hair and scalp regularly will help catch an infestation early. If lice are found, seeking quick treatment from Lice Wizard will help prevent the bugs from spreading to the rest of the family. Lice Wizard will be happy to go over what you can do for preventative measures. Call or text 650-338-9588.

A trip to the pediatrician is not necessary for a head lice infestation that is caught and treated quickly. Luckily lice do not carry or cause disease so your family will not become ill. In very rare cases the sores caused by itching could become infected and require medical treatment.

Nits are eggs that attach themselves to the hair shaft and hatch every 7-10 days. Nymphs are young, newly hatched baby lice. A louse or a lice is a full grown adult nymph. You can see movement from nymphs and lice, but not nits.

It is not uncommon for kids to come home from day care, school or play with debris in their hair. Lint or scalp flaking along with shampoo or conditioner that is not rinsed out completely are commonly mistaken for head lice. Nits are oval or round, are attached to the hair shaft and will not budge if you try to slide them off. Lice can be white, brown or dark gray. Usually found behind ears and at the back of the neck, combing through wet hair may help spot an infestation. If you are unsure, call or text Lice Wizard at 650-338-9588.

If you find lice on your child and haven’t been notified by the school or daycare, there are a few steps to take. Most importantly, keep in mind that when you find lice on your child before a note comes home does not mean that your child is the “culprit” or your family should be ashamed. It simply means that you are an attentive and caring parent. Lice can live on their human hosts for weeks or months before they are found.

  1. Try not to panic, and call or text Lice Wizard right away at 650-338-9588.
  2. Notify your child’s day care, preschool, camp or school so other students can be checked. Do not be embarrassed to make this call, educators receive lice training and discretion is mandated by law.
  3. Examine all other members of the household for signs of lice so Lice Wizard can treat everyone who’s infected at the same time.

Lice survive by feeding off of the blood supply from human hosts only. Your pets will not get lice and you cannot get lice from your pets.

Spotting a live louse or a nymph (young louse) is most often how an infestation is spotted. Nits (the eggs) do not move and hatch every 7-10 days. Head lice do not cause pain or major discomfort but itching is a huge clue! Since lice are more active at night, it is not uncommon for an infestation to be missed for some time.

When head lice are found on any family member, it poses a risk to everyone that resides in the home. It is important to inspect and treat all family members at the same time to prevent future infestations.

You can call Lice Wizard at 650-338-9588 for more information or guidance. We are happy to help!