FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LICE
WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?
Head lice are tiny six-legged blood-sucking parasites which have plagued humankind since ancient Egypt (lice larvae have been found on mummies). They can vary in color from grayish white to reddish brown. Because they're so small, lice are difficult to detect with the naked eye. They live on the human scalp and depend on human blood for survival, feeding by drawing blood through the skin, causing inflammation and itching.
WHAT ARE NITS? NYMPHS?
The female louse lays her eggs (nits) by gluing them to the hair shaft. This glue dries quickly. She lays twice a day and can lay as many as five eggs at a time - a production rate that could generate 200 eggs in her lifetime. Nits generally hatch in 7 to 10 days. Newly hatched lice (nymphs) then take an additional 7 to 10 days to reach adulthood. Once hatched, they have a life expectancy of approximately 30 days.
HOW DID MY CHILD GET LICE?
Lice DO NOT jump or fly, but they can crawl very quickly. According to Katie Shepherd, founder of Lice Solutions Inc., a louse can travel nine inches in one minute. To get from one head to another head, it will grasp onto a strand of hair with its six hooked legs and ride over to the new host. Lice are spread most easily by direct head-to-head contact. This is often the case when children touch their heads together during play. Lice can also be spread indirectly, such as when kids share combs, brushes, pillows, or hats/helmets, although these methods are more unlikely than you think (3% of cases).
WHAT ROLE DOES HYGIENE PLAY?
Lice are not prejudicial. They don't care about the size of a person's wallet. Nor do they care if a house is clean or dirty, or about personal hygiene. Getting lice could happen to anyone. A louse's only concern is for its survival. Head lice actually prefer a clean hair on the head. Because lice glue their eggs to the hair shaft, a clean hair on the head allows for easier attachment. It is also far easier for lice to move around on clean hair, similar to walking on a clean surface versus a greasy one.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS HEAD LICE?
Many symptoms such as dandruff flakes, hairspray & hair gel residue, and other small insects, have been incorrectly diagnosed as head lice. The proper diagnosis for pediculosis (infestation of lice) is to physically verify the presence of lice or nits. Other indications can include:
· Rash at the base of the neck
· Swollen glands
· Low-grade fever
· Bags under the eyes
· Inability to sleep because of the nocturnal characteristic
HOW CAN I FIND-OUT WHO GAVE MY CHILD HEAD LICE?
It is currently not possible to determine the identity of the donor. Parents should resist the urge to assign blame, as it is unproductive, and spreads stigma rather than knowledge. Instead of accusing other parents or school administrators of not doing enough to stop the spread of head lice, parents are better served by screening and treating their families, and informing parents and school staff as to who their child has come into contact with.
Be a friend, tell a friend!
ARE HEAD LICE DANGEROUS?
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the greatest harm to children or adults associated with head lice “results from the well-intentioned but misguided use of caustic or toxic substances to eliminate the lice.” Lice have not been shown to carry disease, but secondary infection is certainly possible if the itching causes the scalp to be scratched to the point where bacteria can be introduced to damaged skin.
WHAT ABOUT OUR PET?
Human head lice CANNOT live on dogs or cats, NOR can dogs or cats spread human head lice.
DOES TAKING A "SELFIE" INCREASE THE RISK OF GETTING LICE?
The answer to this one is NO. Studies have been conducted which dispel this myth.
WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR HEAD LICE?
The Shepherd Method™ has been proven to be the most effective head lice treatment with its concentration on being methodical and thorough.
HOW SHOULD I TREAT MY HOUSE TO GET RID OF LICE?
It is NOT possible for your house to be infested with head lice. Human head lice cannot survive more than 24 hours when removed from the host, so they will not successfully breed and thrive in your home. Nits need the heat and humidity of the scalp to incubate them.
Most people tend to overreact, thinking that they need to sterilize everything in the house, or that they need to bomb the house with pesticides……..expensive, unhealthy, and unnecessary. If you’re looking for peace of mind, we recommend you do ONLY five things:
1) Remove bed linens, towels, and pajamas used by the infested person and replace with clean bedding and pajamas. Put used bedding and pajamas in the hamper for 24 hours or wash & dry them on hot temperatures.
2) Lightly vacuum couches, carpets, and car seats or throw a blanket/sheet over them for 24 hours.
3) Remove comforters or bedspreads from beds the infested person came in contact with for 24 hours or throw into the dryer for 30 to 45 minutes on high heat.
4) If your child sleeps with a stuffed animal or blanket, place in a hot dryer for 30 minutes.
5) Clean combs, brushes, and hair ties used in the last 24 hours in any of the following ways (or do not use them for 24 hours):
- Place in alcohol, ammonia, or dish detergent and allow them to soak for a minimum of 2 hours
- Put in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Put in a reusable, re-sealable zipper storage bag and place in freezer for 2 hours.
- Wash in dishwasher on a hot cycle.
CAN I TREAT LICE MYSELF?
Over the counter treatments that are currently being offered contain formulas that are considered neurological to lice, however, potentially toxic to humans. The treatment products and services offered by The Crowning Mint are organic and all-natural, proven to eliminate lice and their nits in just one treatment. Our products use a combination of natural, safe, and active enzymes to remove head lice and nits without the risk associated with pesticide poisons. Our products are made with you and your family in mind and are recommended by pediatricians nationwide.
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDER REIMBURSE FOR HEAD LICE TREATMENT?
Some health care FSA, HRA and HSA insurance plans may reimburse you for the cost of treatment. Please check with your insurance plan and ask your doctor to write a prescription for our safe, all-natural, strand-by-strand treatment services. We are happy to provide you with a receipt.