The Great Lice Egg Hunt – Free Lice Treatments in Anaheim

Free Lice Treatments in Anaheim

It’s that time of year again—for lilies, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and, of course, egg hunts. Every spring, parents bring their children to places where kids rush around filling their baskets with delightfully colored eggs and other treats.

But there are some eggs no parent or child in Anaheim wants to find at Easter or any other time of the year—nits, precursors to head lice. When you find these eggs, you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Lice Clinics of America – Anaheim held its annual Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24th, when we provided free head screenings and lice treatments for anyone with an active case of head lice and provided 12 FREE lice treatments!

EGG Hunt Anaheim March 24 2018. Free Lice Treatments

The Egg Hunt began in 2016 to call attention to the fact that some 12 million people contract head lice each year in the United States alone, to debunk the myth that head lice are related to poor hygiene, and to show that safe, effective treatment options are available.

“Every year, people line up at our clinics to get checked and treated for head lice, for free,” said Patricia Willemsen, CEO of Lice Clinics of America – Anaheim. “We hold this event as a service to our community to reduce the stigma associated with head lice and to show that there is a revolutionary treatment available that make lice treatment faster, easier, and safer.”

The clinic is the area’s exclusive provider of treatment using the AirAllé, an FDA-cleared Class I medical device, clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs using warm air to dehydrate lice and nits. No pesticides are used, and the entire treatment process takes about an hour.

EGG Hunt Anaheim, March 24, 2018. Girls happy after receiving free treatment!

Head lice have become tougher to treat in recent decades as they have become immune to pyrethroids, the pesticide used in the most popular over-the-counter lice products. The most recent study found that 98 percent of lice in most U.S. states are resistant to pyrethroids. Pyrethroids have also been linked to behavioral and developmental problems in children, including poor attention and early puberty in boys.

“We want everyone to know that there is no need to use dangerous pesticides on your children,” she said, and added “Science and medicine have made safer alternatives available to families.”

The clinic also offers a line of home treatment products that prevent and kill head lice without toxic chemicals or The home treatment products are used over a 10-day period to eradicate lice.

Developed by scientists at the University of Utah, the AirAllé has treated nationally more than 350,000 cases of head lice with a success rate of better than 99 percent. With more than 300 clinics in more than 30 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world.

When should you check for head lice?

When should you check for head lice?

Head lice isn’t always noticeable immediately. In fact, in most cases many people aren’t even aware that they have lice until they have had it for a couple weeks. Lice can be somewhat sneaky and hide in places you wouldn’t regularly check or might be covered, such as behind the ears or at the nape of the neck. If you are doing a check and you do find a nit or a louse don’t panic, Lice Clinics of America is here to help treat your family. Before you come to us, here are some tips as to how to check at home.

How often should I check?

If your child is around a lot of kids on a daily basis such as school or after school activates, it is recommended to check them at bath time once a week. It can be especially hard to see those tiny little eggs on the hair so we recommend that you use a nit comb. Using the comb will allow you to potentially pull out any nits or louse. We still recommend that you check your child’s hair even once they have passed grade school.

What do you do once you have found lice?

When you find head lice on you or your child, we know it can be scary but there is any easy solution to your new found problem. You have the option to take care of it yourself with products which usually entails several comb-outs throughout 10 days. You also have the option to take care of it professionally.

Lice Removal Kit by Lice Clinics of America

Lice Clinics of America offers an FDA approved heated air treatment followed by a full comb out and topical rinse application that will have your child come in with lice, and only 90 minutes later leave with clean hair. Head Lice can be such a nuisance and overwhelming. Take the easy route and visit a Lice Clinics of America location near you.

How can you check for lice?

How can you check for lice?

When your child starts scratching and tells you that their head is itchy what should you do? With the weather changing and causing dry scalp or dandruff it can be hard to determine if your child just needs some head and shoulders or if they could be dealing with something more. Lice Clinics of America can give you some great ideas as to how to check for lice.

The first way that you can check for lice would be using a lice comb and running it through the hair to see if you catch any bugs or nits in the comb. If you see any small brown bugs in the comb that could be lice. Live louse bugs usually are about the same size of an ant but they look a little bit different and are more brown or light brown in color instead of black like an ant.

Another great way you can check for lice is with sectioning the hair with a wooden pick and going through each section by hand to see if you can notice any eggs or nits. It can be hard to tell the difference between nits and dandruff which brings us to our third way of checking. Using a magnified glass can be really beneficial because the nits and dandruff will look different. Nits will have a distinct look as well as feel to them.

Lice eggs are stuck to the hair almost as if they are glued on where as dandruff with flake off of the hair strands. The eggs or nits will feel like a bubble is on the hair and even when you touch it with your finger they will remain on the hair. Hopefully these tips will help you and your family stay lice free and if you are affected by lice then Lice Clinics of America is here to help.

Patricia Willemsen of the the Lice Clinics of America in Tustin checks a patient for lice at their new clinic in Tustin.

How is head lice spread?

How is head lice spread?

Head lice is just as common as a the flu or a cold however here are some helpful tips as to how to help prevent the spread of lice. There are some misconceptions of how lice is spread.

Lice can jump from person to person, luckily for us this is not true. Direct head to head contact is the easiest and most common way to contract lice. Simple things like sharing the same bed or sleepovers, also cuddling will allow the lice to be transmitted from one person to another.

 

Sharing clothing while less common is still a plausible way for you to contract head lice, clothing such as hats, headbands and ear muffs are the most dangerous since they had direct contact with the people’s head. Also items such as shirts, jackets or coats can also carry lice because as they are in contact with one’s hair. Our purpose is not to discourage your child to learn on sharing but just to be aware when this pesky buggers are around.

All grooming items such as hair brushes, combs, bobby pins are also possible means of transmission especially if there is remaining hair on any of those items. It’s important not to share these items with your friends or family in order to be sure you don’t catch lice.

Lastly, laying on certain furniture or floors that are carpeted can increase your chances of getting lice as well. If you know a person with lice has used a couch or upholstered chair be sure to vacuums it prior to sitting on it. We hope these tips are helpful and allow you to stay safe and take the necessary precautions when you become aware that someone you have been close to has lice. If you ever do end up getting lice,  don’t panic we are here to help. Give us a call and we can schedule you to come in and get treated same day .

School Will Be Starting Again Soon in Orange County – Will Your Child be a Head Lice Statistic?

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It won’t be long until children are back in school in the Orange County school districts, which means head lice will be having a party and risk of exposure increases. These pesky bugs love nothing better than a crowd of children!  The numbers may be surprising, however each year in the U.S. kids miss 24,000,000 days of school because of this common but frustrating infestation.  Yes, that’s 24 million!  If you’re alarmed, you should be – no parent wants his or her child to become one of those statistics.

Prevention is key to avoiding these aggravating critters, which spread through sharing of combs, brushes, or other hair tools or accessories.  Even touching heads can mean trouble.  To ensure your child doesn’t become one of the many who are sent home from school, educate him or her regarding the sharing of anything that touches the head and about head to head contact.  It’s also a good idea to have a head screening performed by a trained technician if your child has been in contact with a buddy who has head lice.

The good news is that the products used today to eradicate or prevent those nasty pests are natural, not the dangerous OTC products we remember from years’ past.  Be sure your child is ready for the first day of school in the OC school districts not only in terms of school supplies, but a head that’s free from lice!  Contact LCA in Orange County at 949-521-8414 today for answers to your questions and safe, non-chemical solutions.

Are the over the counter lice products safe for you and your family?

Are the over the counter lice products safe for you and your family?

There have been a lot of questions recently as to the effectiveness and the safety of the over the counter treatments for Lice. Many of the over the counter products when used have a terrible smell or leave a strange residue on your hair even after you wash it out. Now the question is, even after going through all of this trouble is the lice actually gone? or will you have to perform this “treatment” again?

Lindane. Malathion. Permethrin

Lindane. Malathion. Permethrin are just a few of the harmful chemicals that are found in many of the over the counter lice products. Permethrin which is the main ingredient in most over the counter treatments is a neurotoxin and is listed as a “restricted use” substance by the EPA. Lindane is also lethal to cats, reptiles and fish and can be deadly to humans in high doses.

Lindane which is by prescription only has been banned around the world except in the US, the Stockholm convention is a global treaty focused on ridding the world of its deadliest toxins and has been working to phase out Lindane since 2009. Despite the regulations placed on this chemical by the EPA stating it cannot be used on cattle or crops it is still used for lice on children’s heads.

Malathion is also a very dangerous chemical and if for any reason is absorbed in to the bloodstream through the scalp there will be very dangerous side effects such as nausea, vomiting, seizures or even death.

Natural Treatments

On the opposite end of the spectrum there are the all nature treatments that aren’t harmful to you however they also don’t affect the Lice in your head. If you are looking for a safe and effective Lice removal treatment, Lice Clinics of America has your solution. Lice Clinics of America is here to help when lice enters your home but you want to keep your young children safe. Our FDA  cleared medical device kills lice and its eggs with just heat, the products we use are non toxic and free of pesticides so that you and your family can leave the office lice free and chemical free.

What are nits and louse?

What are nits and louse? Is a question we often hear from our customers and we wanted to take the opportunity to shed some lights and give a better understanding on head lice and it’s different stages.

What are nits?

Nits are the small eggs produced by the live louse bugs that usually look like small brown or tan dots before they hatch. Usually lice lay their eggs close to the scalp where the live lice can be close to their food source once they hatch. Lice feed on human blood by using tiny claws to puncture the skin on the scalp.

Lice on Hair

Nits or dandruff?

Nits look very similar to dandruff however they cannot be removed by brushing or shaking them off. The lice eggs are seemly glued to the hair follicle and the lie bugs are usually attached to the scalp as well. Lice eggs tend to hatch 7-10 days after they are laid and the shell remain on the hair looking white or clear. The adult lice are no bigger than a sesame seed and the nymphs are usually a bit smaller and grow to be adult lice in about 10 days.

Although this information may sound scary but the solution is simple, with all of your Lice problems Lice clinics of America can help. We offer a variety of treatments and products to exterminate all forms of lice whether its eggs or adult Lice bugs. Lice Clinics of America is here to offer safe and friendly services in your time of need. We aim to educate and solve the Lice problem the has affected so many people and families. Nits, Nymphs, eggs and overall Lice infestations all affect many children and adults year round and Lice Clinics of America is here for you.

Lice Clinics of America does an FDA approved treatment that is non-toxic and has no pesticides. Our treatment is unique and scientifically proven to work.

How to eradicate Bullying at School due to Head Lice?

How to eradicate Bullying at school due to head lice is a question that our school nurses often ask us. We all want our students to enjoy school and make sure that school is a fun and most importantly a safe learning environment. Unfortunately, something that is coming through schools across the nation is BULLYING! No one wants their child to be bullied at school and more commonly than people realize is that children are being bullied for having head lice.

Children are being singled out and picked on because they constantly are scratching their head or have little bugs crawl onto their jackets. So many children feel embarrassed and ashamed from getting lice but did you know… there are almost 3 million cases a year?. It is so common! Children and their parents have no reason to feel ashamed if lice enter your home. As much as everyone hopes it never happens to them, the reality is that it will most likely impact someone in your household. If this does happen and if lice do make an appearance in your child’s head have the facts in mind and act calmly.

Over the counter treatments often contain toxic and harmful ingredients that hurt your child’s head and health. In order to remove all the nits efficiently and remove the infestation, know that you will have to thoroughly comb out which sometimes can take many hours. Be aware that there are professional lice removal services that can help you kill head lice quickly and effectively. Lice Clinics of America offers a unique solution to parents that are looking to solve their Lice problem safely and quickly in just one treatment. Lice Clinics of America performs a treatment that is FDA approved, that dehydrates lice and nits using controlled heated air. An approach allows you to come in itchy and possibly embarrassed and leave with clean hair allowing your child to return to school that same day.  Bullying is a problem that no one wants their child to deal with and if lice is the cause then we have the solution.

Lice Clinics of America works closely with school nurses to educate our community on head lice and little by little break the stigma that comes with it and that, in turn, is misused to bully children. In our effort to stop the bullying and break the stigma we offer complimentary workshops to parents and children on head lice. Learn more 949.521.8414.

Spring Break and Head Lice Outbreak

Spring Break and Head Lice Outbreak

Are your kids already on Spring Break? Are you worried about Head Lice Outbreaks? Worry no more, we have the solution.

Head Lice Outbreak

We are ready for any head lice outbreak whether it’s a screening at a school, treating the family or giving instructions on how to avoid getting head lice. Here’s a little information on how to prepare yourself to any Head Lice Outbreak.

Lice Screenings and Prevention Tips

During Spring Break Time it is easy for us to forget about our regular screenings to our kids. Most the times they are exposed to a higher amount of children: family, friends, sleep overs, parties, theme parks, etc. This creates a higher exposure and risk to get head lice. It is important to understand that head lice don’t jump or fly but they crawl so the easiest way of getting them is by head-to-head contact. Being aware of that fact and wearing prevention products as well as having our kids hair up and braided or in a bun will help us minimize exposure.

Treating the Family

Oh no! you are in the middle of your kids Spring Break, you have all these activities planned out and you discover head lice! what to do? Knowing your options is important. Although it may seem easy to run to the drugstore and get any over the counter product, have in mind that OTC products only work killing the alive bugs but you will need to spend hours combing out the hair for nits (lice eggs) and you’ll most likely need to do multiple comb outs and reapplication of products. There are professional services out there that will help you kill head lice in one treatment so you can return to your activities in no time.

Screenings at Schools

At Lice Clinics of America we are committed to helping you and our community kill head lice effectively. As experts in Head Lice we will come out to the schools at no cost and help schools nurses and principles screen all schools to avoid Head Lice Outbreaks and keep them under control. Contact us at 949.521.8414 to schedule a time to come out and help out!

Head Lice and Stress – Orange County

Head Lice and stress – Orange County is a blog intended to give parents a little breather when it comes to head lice and head lice removal.

Head Lice and Stress – Orange County

We know that head lice can cause anxiety, worriness and preoccupation. The fact is that head lice will often times through you out of control in your life. Why is that?

Fear of the unknown

We tend to fear what is not known by us. What is Lice? How can I kill them? How do I know this is lice for sure? Should I run to the pharmacy? All these questions come up in less than a minute when we first find out about head lice. Head Lice are small parasites that live in our heads and feed from our blood. Contrary to popular belief they don’t jump or fly, they crawl from head to head. Head Lice are a nuisance but safe for your health as they don’t transmit any diseases. You can find more information about head lice and its myths in the following link.

Lack of Resources

When we don’t know who to call for help our lives always become a little more challenging. We want to give you all the option you have as far as head lice removal treatments:

  1. Products. You can use products and kill lice yourself at home. It is more time consuming. You will apply the products, comb-out every other day for 10 days then re-apply the products. Continue to screen the hair regularly to make sure it’s all gone. As far as products we recommend only products without pesticides or toxins.
  2. Professional Head Lice Removal Treatments. Your lice problem will most likely be solved the same day when you visit a Head Lice Removal Professional Clinic. After any professional treatment you will clean the house and follow preventative tips. At Lice Clinics of America Orange County we offer a one time safe and fast treatment. The medical device we use is FDA-cleared and kills nits (lice eggs) and lice in less than one hour!

Take a breath and remember what you know to face the problem. Sometimes by just taking a step back, we are already moving forward.