Frequently Asked Questions

Lice are insects that cannot fly and do not have wings. Contrary to popular belief, lice typically infest clean hair. Red marks on the neck and an itchy scalp or neck are the most common symptoms of lice infestation.
Commonly used lice shampoos kill only adult bugs, not nits or young lice. These shampoos also often contain toxic chemicals.

Itchy scalp and red marks caused by scratching are usually indicators of head lice infestation. It is important to check all household family members even if only one child has symptoms, as lice are very contagious. Adult head lice are very small (about 3 mm) blood sucking six legged parasites. Baby lice are even smaller and very hard to see due to their transparent white color. Adult lice are also difficult to see as their brown color helps them to hide and camouflage under the hairs.

Nits are lice eggs which take about seven days to hatch. Nits are attached to the hair with a glue-like chemical by female lice. They are usually found at the top of the head, or near the neck and ears, and are difficult to remove.

Lice live and feed near the scalp, so cutting your hair will not eliminate the problem unless the entire head is shaved.

Head lice may cause inconvenience and embarrassment, but are not considered dangerous.

Lice is transmitted through direct head to head contact. Although adults can get lice, they are more commonly found on children. Usually children contract lice from each other while playing together at school.

If no nits are found two weeks after head lice removal treatment, your head is lice-free.

Insecticidal shampoos such as Rix or Nix contain pesticides, so while Lice Shampoos may be effective against adult lice, they don’t harm lice babies or nits, as they have not yet developed a nervous system and are temporarily immune. Once the nits and young lice mature, the infestation cycle begins again. Additionally, these shampoos often contain chemicals that are toxic to humans as well; these chemicals can enter a child’s body through the weaker skin on the scalp and are especially dangerous to pregnant or nursing women and infants. Lice Removal Therapy prides itself in only using safe, all-natural lice-removal products.

You can usually find nits closer to the scalp on hair by the neck and surrounding the ears. Nits are 2mm long, round and yellow. Unlike dandruff, nits will not fall off when hair is brushed or touched since they are attached to the hair. Nits indicate the presence of lice.

Itching is caused by the reaction to the bugs’ chemicals, movement and feeding off the scalp. Those infected do not always feel itching or discomfort.

It is commonly believed that mint and tea tree oil are helpful to prevent contracting lice. The best way is to prevent head lice is to make sure the child is not exposed to lice, specifically with other children that have lice.

No; lice usually infest clean hair.

No, since lice lock their legs on hair when exposed to water. They are not affected from the water and many other chemicals due to their unique protective mechanisms.

As lice can only live outside the head for 24 hours the following steps are recommended:
· Wash bed linens and clothes worn in the last two days with hot/warm water.
· Do not use clothing items that cannot be washed for about 2 days after treatment.
· Combs, brushes, and hair accessories should be soaked in isopropyl alcohol for 30 minutes. (Alternatively, you can place them overnight in a freezer in a sealed bag).
· Vacuum carpets, couch, and car interior daily.

If a child’s head is scratched excessively due to irritation, secondary bacterial infections can develop. We recommend visiting a doctor for treatment of the secondary infection.

Prescription drugs are not recommended as they contain a powerful neurotoxin with side effects as severe as seizures even result in death.

Manual nit picking is very important to ensure removal of hair lice and stopping the infestation. Lice lay eggs on the hair close to the scalp, which requires manual removal of the eggs, as nits are unaffected by chemicals. Without this, nits can hatch and lice will repopulate re-infect the hair.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, infestation with head lice is most common in the U.S. among preschool and elementary school children and their household members and caretakers. Millions of infestations occur annually in the United States among young children (3 to 12 years old). Head to head contact with a person infected with head lice can result in contracting head lice. The spread of lice due to contact with combs or other personal items is much less common.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lice are insects that cannot fly and do not have wings. Contrary to popular belief, lice typically infest clean hair. Red marks on the neck and an itchy scalp or neck are the most common symptoms of lice infestation.
Commonly used lice shampoos kill only adult bugs, not nits or young lice. These shampoos also often contain toxic chemicals.

Itchy scalp and red marks caused by scratching are usually indicators of head lice infestation. It is important to check all household family members even if only one child has symptoms, as lice are very contagious. Adult head lice are very small (about 3 mm) blood sucking six legged parasites. Baby lice are even smaller and very hard to see due to their transparent white color. Adult lice are also difficult to see as their brown color helps them to hide and camouflage under the hairs.

Nits are lice eggs which take about seven days to hatch. Nits are attached to the hair with a glue-like chemical by female lice. They are usually found at the top of the head, or near the neck and ears, and are difficult to remove.

Lice live and feed near the scalp, so cutting your hair will not eliminate the problem unless the entire head is shaved.

Head lice may cause inconvenience and embarrassment, but are not considered dangerous.

Lice is transmitted through direct head to head contact. Although adults can get lice, they are more commonly found on children. Usually children contract lice from each other while playing together at school.

If no nits are found two weeks after head lice removal treatment, your head is lice-free.

Insecticidal shampoos such as Rix or Nix contain pesticides, so while Lice Shampoos may be effective against adult lice, they don’t harm lice babies or nits, as they have not yet developed a nervous system and are temporarily immune. Once the nits and young lice mature, the infestation cycle begins again. Additionally, these shampoos often contain chemicals that are toxic to humans as well; these chemicals can enter a child’s body through the weaker skin on the scalp and are especially dangerous to pregnant or nursing women and infants. Lice Removal Therapy prides itself in only using safe, all-natural lice-removal products.

You can usually find nits closer to the scalp on hair by the neck and surrounding the ears. Nits are 2mm long, round and yellow. Unlike dandruff, nits will not fall off when hair is brushed or touched since they are attached to the hair. Nits indicate the presence of lice.

Itching is caused by the reaction to the bugs’ chemicals, movement and feeding off the scalp. Those infected do not always feel itching or discomfort.

It is commonly believed that mint and tea tree oil are helpful to prevent contracting lice. The best way is to prevent head lice is to make sure the child is not exposed to lice, specifically with other children that have lice.

No; lice usually infest clean hair.

No, since lice lock their legs on hair when exposed to water. They are not affected from the water and many other chemicals due to their unique protective mechanisms.

As lice can only live outside the head for 24 hours the following steps are recommended:
· Wash bed linens and clothes worn in the last two days with hot/warm water.
· Do not use clothing items that cannot be washed for about 2 days after treatment.
· Combs, brushes, and hair accessories should be soaked in isopropyl alcohol for 30 minutes. (Alternatively, you can place them overnight in a freezer in a sealed bag).
· Vacuum carpets, couch, and car interior daily.

If a child’s head is scratched excessively due to irritation, secondary bacterial infections can develop. We recommend visiting a doctor for treatment of the secondary infection.

Prescription drugs are not recommended as they contain a powerful neurotoxin with side effects as severe as seizures even result in death.

Manual nit picking is very important to ensure removal of hair lice and stopping the infestation. Lice lay eggs on the hair close to the scalp, which requires manual removal of the eggs, as nits are unaffected by chemicals. Without this, nits can hatch and lice will repopulate re-infect the hair.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, infestation with head lice is most common in the U.S. among preschool and elementary school children and their household members and caretakers. Millions of infestations occur annually in the United States among young children (3 to 12 years old). Head to head contact with a person infected with head lice can result in contracting head lice. The spread of lice due to contact with combs or other personal items is much less common.