Parents' Corner

If your child has lice, don’t panic! You aren’t alone in the fight. The Lice Clinics are here to help you kick those pesky bugs to the curb by sharing helpful tips and busting common myths. Trust us, we're the lice experts - we've got your back (and your head).

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No shame in the lice game – let’s talk lice removal strategies, healthy habits for prevention, and more.

Head lice are a nightmare for parents and kids alike. These stubborn critters cause itching and discomfort and are incredibly hard to eliminate. You may have heard the theory that freezing temperatures can kill head lice and their eggs (nits). But people with lice might wonder, “Does cold kill lice and nits?”  We are going […]

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When we think of lice, our minds often leap to the common childhood ailment of head lice, leading to itchy scalps and the need for meticulous combing. However, whether our canine friends can suffer from similar pests is less frequently discussed. Surprisingly to many, dogs can indeed become hosts to their own species-specific lice. These […]

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Head lice, those tiny, wingless insects that thrive on human scalps, have long been the bane of many households, especially in environments where close contact is frequent. While head lice are typically associated with specific conditions, an intriguing question arises: Can stress cause head lice? It is certainly a topic worth discussing since Americans are […]

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FAQs

Lice may be small, but the myths about them are big. We’re here to separate fact from fiction on head lice. Our FAQs feature common questions on lice facts and myths, tips, and tricks for eradication.

Is Lice A Sign Of Poor Hygiene?

Anyone with hair can get lice. A person’s degree of cleanliness or personal hygiene has little or nothing to do with getting head lice. A common misconception is that lice infestation is a result of poor hygienic practices. In fact, head lice actually seem to prefer clean hair over dirty hair.

Can Head Lice Spread Disease?

No reliable data suggests that head lice carry or transmit disease organisms. However, DNA technology shows head lice to be the same species as the notorious body louse which has long been associated with diseases such as typhus and relapsing fever. It may be possible for head lice to carry diseases, but no cases have been reported.

Who gets head lice?

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Can Lice spread by jumping or flying?

No! Head lice do not jump, fly or swim. They are good crawlers, however, and will readily move from one person to another when the hair of the two people is in contact.

Does an itchy head mean your child has head lice?

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Can head lice be seen by the naked eye?

Head lice can be seen by the naked eye but it can be very difficult. Adult lice will be the easiest to spot because they are the biggest. But at the size of a sesame seed, they still aren’t that big. If you look closely at an adult louse, you should be able to see human blood inside it.

How To Prepare

Preparing for a lice appointment ahead of time helps ensure a smooth and stress-free experience for both you and your child. Start here!