Throughout my years as a school nurse and my time in the hospitals, patients and families have shared a lot of information about home remedies, health beliefs and health related myths. One of the biggest myths related to hair is that Black (or African American) people do not or cannot get lice (Pediculosis or piojos). That somehow, head lice infestation is a White (Caucasian) only problem. Do you believe this as well?
Slay! But Check for Head Lice!
Well, here is the deal as it relates to head lice infestation and Black Americans.
All people of all races, and all economic statuses for that matter, can suffer from head lice.
I’ve seen it with my own eyes, and have pointed it out to parents who were in total disbelief. Head lice may have preferences for hair strand shapes that match their claw shape (oval vs. round strands), but in the end, they are able to hold on to different shapes.
In addition, head lice may have less chance of crossing racial barriers as racial groups often live in separation. Head lice is a social problem – people that live together, play together, go to school together, tend to pass it back and forth. But, in the end, the head louse just wants to eat, have kids and live! They don’t know what color or ethnicity you are – and they do not care.
Nothing more, and nothing less.
Check Yo Self,
Before You Wreck Yo Self
What does this mean for you if you are Black, or Latino, or Asian, or Indian, etc.? This means that although there is a definite and noticeable difference in the rate of lice infestation for Blacks versus Whites in the United States, all parents should know what to look for in case of exposure.
So, no matter what racial box you choose to check, once you receive that letter that states a student in the classroom has head lice, you need to begin the hairline patrol! Whether you use Lye on your child’s head regularly, whether you make them get Dominican presses weekly, whether they have locs, braids or ponytails, PREVENTION is priority number one.
Yes. Black people do get lice, but there are a few things you can do to avoid dealing with the problem. Here are the top three things you can do to prevent head lice :
Braids, ponytails, head scarfs, weaves – Keeping you beautiful kinky coils up and out of the way is a great way to make sure your hair doesn’t commingle with a person’s with lice.
Use scents. You all know you love a good scented product. Try a hair spray with tea tree and rosemary scents – lice don’t like those.
Check for lice when notices come home, or when you feel a lingering scalp itch!
You can use scents such as the essential oils found in this spray or shampoos with tea tree or rosemary scents added in order to help prevent getting lice. Here is a link to a good shampoo.
Obviously this is a Lice Clinic post, so the first thing I have to recommend is that you go to your local head lice treatment clinic. If you live near Lice Clinics Medford, you should call us today to hear about our treatment options. You can be screened for lice at a very affordable cost – generally somewhere between $15 – $25. The person will comb through your hair with a special lice comb, and will use a microscope and good lighting in order to diagnose the problem as LICE or NO LICE!
Treatment options include professional help (Like and Air Alle Treatment), or a Do It Yourself Lice Care process. For professional help you want to head to a Lice Clinic Of America location, which are in every state and have the HEATED AIR TECHNOLOGY. This is very important to the process.
Ignoring the fact that you or your child has head lice will not make it go away. Lice only multiply.
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Lice Clinics of America®- MEDFORD Provides Tips on How To Prevent Head Lice at Summer Camp
As parents start planning to send their children to camp this summer, LCA Medford, has several tips for how parents can avoid welcoming head lice into their homes when their children return from camp.
“Summer camp is linked with head lice because campers are together 24 hours a day eating, drinking, playing, and sleeping in close quarters,” said Timika Downes, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Medford. “We see an uptick in cases every summer. The old saying that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is very true in this case. Head lice spread almost entirely through head-to-head contact or, more precisely, through hair-to-hair contact, and Summer camp creates lots of opportunities for hair-to-hair contact: sleeping with heads close together, hugging, huddling over phones to look at photos, crowding together for selfies—all the things that kids do naturally when in groups. Investing in a few weekly maintenance kits is a great way to prep kids before camp, and protect them afterwards. Another option is to head into a clinic for a lice check!”
What can you do to make sure your child doesn’t bring lice home from camp? Here are a few tips from LCA Medford:
Encourage children to avoid head to head contact with other kids. If they have had head lice in the past, they’ll know what having head lice is like and want to prevent it from happening again.
Keep girls’ hair pulled back in braids or buns. Short or tightly bound hair reduces the risk of hair-to-hair contact.
Discourage kids from sharing combs or brushes.
Schedule a head lice screening for your child by a head-lice professional before and after camp to make sure your child isn’t bringing head lice to camp in the first place. Lice can be difficult to detect by the untrained eye. After camp, a head lice screening is important because early detection can make treatment faster and easier, and prevent the spread of head lice at home.
Use a preventive product before and during camp. If your child is going to camp longer than one week, make sure there’s enough product to last.
Check with your child’s camp to see if they have a lice policy. Some camps check all campers upon arrival while others send kids home when they are found to have head lice. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for!
If your child does come home with head lice, don’t worry. There are treatments available that are fast and easy. Lice Clinics of America Medford offers a breakthrough treatment called the AirAllé® device, using warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs in about an hour. The AirAllé device is guaranteed to be effective and clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits). We also offers pesticide-free home treatment products.
There are more than 300 Lice Clinics of America treatment centers in over 30 countries, and the AirAllé device has successfully treated nearly 400,000 people with a success rate better than 99 percent. To learn more or to find a clinic near you, visit www.lcamedford.com.
Once a lice infestation is treated by one of our Lice Clinics Technicians, parents always ask: “What can I do to prevent this from happening again”? Our advice is to practice prevention for the remainder of the school year. One of the best ways to do this is to style your child’s hair in ways that are less likely to invite lice!
Lice are wingless, they do not fly and they do not jump. They must crawl to a new head. By keeping hair close to your child’s head in the form of Buns, Ponytails and Braids, you give yourself a fighting chance against re-infestation.
To form a pony tail, you will need a brush or comb, a hair tie and pins/clips for fly-away hairs. Start by grabbing all of the hair. Sweep it to the crown of the head, and hold it securely in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand to band the hair with the hair tie. Twist and wrap the tie once more. Repeat until the ponytail is tightly secured. Brush and pin down any fly away hairs. Ponytails are easy to learn, and keep hair volume under control!
To form a bun, start with the ponytail instructions. Once the ponytail is in place, grab and twist the hair clockwise around the base of the ponytail. Keep wrapping and twisting the hair until you wrap the full length around the base. Secure the bun in place with another hair tie, or with bobby pins. High buns are a chic way to protect your child from lice!
Braids are complicated to describe, but are an easy hair style to master with a little practice. In order to learn how to braid, please use videos like this one to figure out the “A,B,C” pattern that feels most comfortable to you. Braids are so nice because they keep the hair close to the head, and offer a pretty hairstyle alternative. They are worth the practice!
Our Boston Area Lice Removal Clinic is here to help educate, treat and prevent against any lice infestations your family may be exposed to! Give us a call or read through our website to see how we can assist you.
“I haven’t had lice since I was 6! How is it that I’m in college and I caught head lice?”
This is a question we hear all the time at Lice Clinics Medford. The truth is, college students, moms and other adults contract lice the same way everyone else does. The most common way people get head lice is through prolonged head to head contact. The most mystifying part, though, is figuring out who the hell gave it to you in the first place!
When this happens, meaning a person comes in to our clinics and has no idea where they could have possibly been exposed, we run through a check list assessment. Finding out the point of origin is so important – it keeps you safe from re-infestation. If that in depth line of questioning ends up without a lead, we focus on prevention. We have preventive products for use after leaving our clinic, we teach our clients what to look for once they are on their own, and we provide guidance and support long after our appointments end.
Many people are so traumatized by getting lice, and seeing bugs fall from their hair, that they often come back to us for additional checks just to have peace of mind! It’s a jarring, confusing, traumatic, weird thing to deal with. We will stick with you until you are through with lice and over the trauma!
Our services are available every single day, by appointment only. This means that if there are no appointments booked, our doors are closed and our technicians are home with their families, running errands, or sitting at hockey/soccer/theatre practice like the rest of us. That said, we always answer our phone (unless we are treating a client, etc.), and if we miss your call, we always call back in a timely manner.
Why is this interesting? Well, I think most people would find it interesting to know how many late night calls come in. Time and time again we get frantic phone calls right before we close. Last night, the call came in at 10:50pm.
A mom found lice! She treated it at home during the day, and refused to let her daughter go to school. She washed the bedding at the laundry mat in scalding hot water, and ran the dryer for longer than suggested. She was on a mission to #slay! Later that night, after the exhaustion of the day, she looked over at her first grader’s ponytails, and saw a small bug move. UGH! It was the last straw. She went onto her phone, found our number again (she found it earlier, but was determined to do it herself), and called us at 10:50pm.
We answered because we have been there. We answered because she was at the end of her rope. We answered because we believe we have the solution that people should turn to first-not second. You have beds to clean, carpets to vacuum, homework to check. Why add the extra (futile) step of treating head lice at home? Why add daily comb outs?
Call us, question us, and lean on us when you need head lice treatments. We remove head lice daily. We know what we are looking for, and we know how hard it is for you to beat this. You deserve a break after the initial shock that head lice is in your home. Don’t choose to drive yourself crazy. Call us for help and support.
When people find out that there is such a thing as a lice clinic, they are immediately intrigued by the concept. Is there THAT much lice? What do you do at the lice treatment clinic? How does the AirAllé machine work? What does the AirAllé Treatment feel like?
At Lice Clinics of America – Medford, MA we use a superior treatment method that includes a trifecta of highly effective lice removal techniques. After an initial screening used to check whether you actually have lice in your hair, we start with the AirAllé Machine. Next, we complete a thorough comb out using our Lice Clinics of America mousse in conjunction with the most effective nit removal tools (based on scientific research). Finally, we apply our active rinse, which is a non-toxic, non-pesticide oil. The science behind each step is so intriguing (mostly just to us), but the effect is what really makes our customers happy. They leave our clinic feeling relaxed, feeling clean and feeling like they are officially DONE with lice!
How Do Actual Clients Describe the Experience?
Most parents feel warm and relaxed by the AirAllé Machine, so much so that they’ve described it as feeling like “Heaven”, or “…like a warm head massage”. Imagine getting the call that your son or daughter has lice, finding out that you too have lice, and then getting a warm head massage to make it all go away. We’d choose that treatment method any day.
In terms of the time commitment, both the comb out and the AirAllé Lice removal last about 30 minutes each. So, if you are a person that leads a busy, active, full life; If lice has hit you at the worst possible time, or if you are just plain afraid of bugs and want nothing to do with touching buggy hair, please call us to have your questions answered, your treatments completed and your stress warmly massaged away! Book now