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The Real Health Risk of Head Lice

Nothing sets off a parent’s anxiety quite like when their children come home with head lice—the bugs are creepy. For centuries, head lice have been associated with (incorrectly, we might add) poor hygiene, which can embarrass parents and heighten their anxiety. It’s been pointed out many times that head lice pose no real health threat […]

It’s Not Lice, but I’m Still Itchy! Part 2!

In a previous post, we identified some scalp conditions that may be causing your head to itch instead of lice. If you thought that was an exhaustive list, you would be wrong. Here are some more head-scratchers.   Folliculitis Folliculitis is a common skin condition in which the hair follicles become inflamed. It is usually […]

It’s Not Lice, but I’m Still Itchy!

Your head has been itchy, you’ve checked yourself for head lice and your screening came back negative. What else could it be??   There are many other scalp conditions that may cause itching and can mimic the symptoms and some of the physical findings experienced with a head lice infestation. Below, we’ll get into what […]

Telling the difference between Head Lice and Dandruff

If you are like most parents, you worry about your kids getting head lice. If you get a glimpse of something not right on your child’s hair, your anxiety shoots up, right? Other than head lice, another common affliction that produces out-of-place specks in hair is dandruff. It’s important to be able to tell these […]

10 Myths about Lice – Busted

One of the most harmful things about head lice is the wealth of misinformation that surrounds them. Parents are scared of them, kids are bullied because of them, and frankly, lice are a big nuisance. Here are some myths and facts to clear up any confusion you may have about pesky head lice.   MYTHS […]

Does Mayonnaise Kill Head Lice?

Parents who suddenly discover head lice on their kids’ heads often fly into a panic. How did my child get lice? How do I treat it? What if the rest of my family becomes infested? Desperate to get rid of the infestation as fast as possible, worried moms and dads search online for advice and […]

Do I Need to Bug Bomb My House to Stop Head Lice?

As head-lice treatment professionals, we at Lice Clinics of America – McKinney receive several questions from our customers about head lice and how to treat them. One frequent question we hear is “How do I treat my home for lice?”   It’s a common misconception that head lice, like other pests in the home, can […]

Staying Six Feet Apart Helps Prevent Not Just Sickness, But Head Lice Too

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently advise Americans that individuals who are not from the same household should keep a distance between each other of at least six feet. Combined with masking, this measure is highly effective in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. But there’s another less-known benefit that social distancing […]

The Case for Heated Air over Lice Shampoo

Recently, an article was published as a “What are they up to now?” piece on a teenage girl in England who was severely burned four years ago after using a local brand of lice shampoo. The shampoo contained a highly flammable ingredient and her hair caught fire as she walked past the stovetop, resulting in […]

Post-Halloween Head Lice

Now that Halloween has passed, be careful—your child may have taken home more than just candy.   As the year-end holiday season begins and friends and family gather together more frequently, the chance for catching head lice increases. Halloween is no exception: young children spending time together dressing up, trick-or-treating, and sharing candy creates the […]