Here’s a story that may leave you scratching your head.
Lice Clinics of America reports an 80% lice activity increase in southwest Louisiana this January compared to last January. Lice Clinics of America has more than 300 clinics across the country and says there was an average increase of 30% nationwide.
“We’ve almost doubled our treatments from last January.”
Shanna Castille owns a Lice Clinics of America in Lafayette and Lake Charles. The number of lice treatments are climbing and they don’t have to scratch their heads to wonder why.
“Everything we do about the over the counter products and the prescriptions is not effective like it used to be.”
Lice Clinics of America says lice are becoming resistant. That’s why they take a different approach. Castille says, “Our device actually dehydrates the bugs and their eggs. We remove the eggs from your hair.”
Schools are doing their best once a school nurse or teacher recognizes a student has lice.
Joe Craig, chief operating officer of Lafayette Parish School System says, “We send a letter home with that student notifying the parent that lice or nits were found and treatment options for that student. We can exclude them for two days and we would make those medical excuses. We send a second letter to all the parents in that grade level or class depending on the school’s arrangement notifying them and also gives them treatment procedures if they were to find lice.”
Lice Clinics of America recommends you check at home and often.
Castille says, “When you realize your child had had it if you don’t know what you’re looking for it’s been a few weeks by the point because of the life cycle of head lice.”
Then get professional treatment.
The most important part is to remember you and your children are not immune to lice.
“Lice happens to anybody, doesn’t matter if your child has clean hair, dirty hair, it doesn’t matter who you are it happens. now more so than ever i think the lack of education of not knowing what to look for not knowing what to see not knowing the signs,” says Castille.
In a release from Lice Clinics of America, the national medical director Dr. Krista Lauer says, “First, don’t panic, and second, don’t be embarrassed. Those pesky lice have nothing to do with personal hygiene.”
She recommends the following to make sure lice aren’t living in your child’s hair:
- Inspect your child’s head at home, especially if your child has an itchy scalp. Look for eggs, nymphs and adult lice. One adult louse can lay about 100 eggs during her life span. That’s a lot of new lice.
- Call the parents of your child’s friends and have them check for head lice, remembering that earlier intervention can help to reduce the infestation level.
- If you see lice—or if you are unsure whether you have lice—visit a professional lice treatment center, such as Lice Clinics of America.
- Remember, traditional over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides that are no longer effective. Lice have evolved into “super lice” and have developed resistance to those pesticides. Find a treatment that is safe and effective. Lice Clinics of America has many from which to choose.
- Be safe this season by starting your child on a lice prevention regimen using trusted lice prevention products such as shampoos, conditioners, sprays and hair bands that will help to keep lice away from your child’s scalp.
To make an appointment for a screening or treatment visit Lice Clinics of America’s website here.