Discovering that you or a family member have head lice is always going to be stressful, but it is important to remain calm and not beat yourself up over it. Lice affects millions of people across the United States every year and it could easily happen to anyone. If you aren’t sure you have head lice, there are a few tricks that can help you figure out exactly what is going on. Here are a few steps that you should take if you are checking for lice.
Get a good view
Lice and their offspring, called nits, are tiny and can be very hard to spot. On top of that lice can move quickly to avoid exposure to light, so it is normal to have a hard time spotting them. To combat this there are a few methods. Some use a magnifying glass and a brightly lit room to get a good image of the scalp, others use a special flashlight called a wood light that makes them easier to spot. Nits appear white or yellow-brown and are tightly attached to the hair near the scalp. Dandruff, dirt, and dry skin can look kind of like a nit, but the difference is that nits are firmly attached about 4 to 6 mm above the root of the hair and are not easily moved. Common nesting spots for nits are around the back of the neck, the hairline, and behind the ears.
Now that you know whether or not you have head lice, the next step is pretty obvious. Get rid of the lice. There are a few popular methods and at-home remedies for treating head lice. Suffocating the little critters with mayonnaise or peanut butter are some popular, but ineffective methods of killing them. Nothing except going to a louse treating professional can guarantee a lice-free scalp. Many parents opt for chemical treatment or medication, but Lice Clinics of America in Milwaukee is dedicated to a chemical-free lice treatment that guarantees a lice-free scalp without the use of damaging chemicals or medications.
The comb-out method
The comb-out method is used after a lice treatment to remove the dead lice and nits. Some try to use the comb-out method as a treatment but it is highly ineffective for removing the issue altogether, especially compared to most modern treatments. Nevertheless, it is a great tool for ridding the hair of dead lice. To do this method, first, you need to wet the hair. After that, you take a fine-tooth comb and comb through all of the hair from the scalp to the ends of the hair, one section at a time. After each comb-through, be sure to clean the comb on a paper towel and check the scalp. After that, you rinse and repeat until the whole head has been combed.
Head Lice Treatment in Milwaukee, WI
Skip lathering your child’s head in mayonnaise or spending hours upon hours trying to comb out the life yourself and instead bring your child into Lice Clinics of America in Milwaukee. Our lice treatment center is fully equipped to handle head lice and make sure it’s a headache you don’t have to deal with.