While head lice are a common occurrence among children, there is unfortunately a plethora of misinformation about head lice abounds. How do you know what is fact and what is fiction then about head lice? Read on to learn about some common head lice myths:
Myth #1 – Lice can jump from head to head.
As lice do not have wings, there is no way that lice can “jump” from head to head. Thus, there is no need to worry about your child catching lice this way! However, please be aware that it is possible to catch lice via direct head-to-head contact since lice CAN crawl.
Myth #2 – Head lice in children are really contagious.
Once again, head lice can be only be transmitted through direct head-to-head contact. As such, in order to stop the spread of lice, it is recommended that your child avoids direct contact with another and does not share belongings with him or her.
Myth #3 – You are more likely to get lice if you have poor personal hygiene.
Although this myth is a popular one, poor personal self-care and/or a dirty home do not increase the likelihood of obtaining lice. Once again, you can get lice by direct head-to-head contact or by using a comb or another product that has touched the head of an infected person.
Myth #4 – Head lice prefer long hair over shorter hair.
No need to cut your child’s hair. As head lice have no preference for long or short hair, your child is not more likely to be infected if he or she has longer hair. Moreover, once again, it does not make a difference if the hair is freshly shampooed or not.
Myth #5 – You can’t get head lice from pets.
As a previous article mentioned, you cannot get lice from pets as dog lice only consume dog blood and cat lice only feed on blood from cats. Along similar lines, your pets cannot catch head lice from you or your child as human head lice only feed on blood from humans.
Have a head lice issue? Come visit one of our family owned and operated lice treatment salons at our Portland lice treatment salon or one of our Seattle lice clinics for your head lice treatment needs. For more information, do not hesitate to call 877-670-LICE or visit www.liceknowingyou.com.
You can’t get head lice from pets
One of the chemical treatments used to treat head lice is a chemical called Lindane. The US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently warns consumers that this chemical can cause extremely serious side effects – stating that “safer medications are available to treat these conditions.” In fact, by November of 2006, Lindane use was banned in fifty-two countries worldwide and restricted in thirty-three other countries. Moreover, since 2002, the State of California banned Lindane, effective 2002, and in 2009, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that restricted Lindane’s use to only doctors’ offices.
Lindane, itself, comes as a lotion that must be applied to the skin and as a shampoo to be used on both hair and scalp to treat head lice.
Possible Side Effects of Lindane
More Serious Side Effects of Lindane
Three deaths due to Lindane have been confirmed. In addition, fourteen additional unconfirmed deaths due to Lindane have been reported as well. These individuals reportedly did not use Lindane according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Individuals Most Susceptible to Lindane Side Effects
The US government warns that Lindane should not be use for babies and utmost caution should be used when using Lindane on children weighing less than 110 pounds.
In addition, the very young, the elderly, and those individuals with low immunity seem to be the ones that suffer from reactions from Lindane.
What Safe Alternatives are Available to Treat Head Lice?
Fortunately, our businesses offer completely non-toxic, safe, and natural organic lice treatment products that are completely chemical free. Whether you visit our Portland lice treatment salon or our Seattle lice clinics, we definitely can help your child’s head lice dilemma at our family-focused locations!
Cats and dogs can get lice – does this situation mean that your pet can infect your child?
Well, you need not fret as while can occasionally get lice; your child will not be able to catch lice from your pet. Why? Simply put dog lice require dog blood to survive, and cat lice require only cat blood to survive. In other words then, pet lice cannot survive on human blood. Along similar lines, your cat or dog cannot catch lice from an infected child as the head lice do require human blood to live.
It also important to remember that human lice are not a result of poor personal hygiene habits. That said, as lice in pets and other animals often occur when animals live in insanitary environments. As such, it may be no surprise to learn that lice are not a commonly diagnosed parasite in animals.
What Types of Lice can Pets Catch?
Cats can obtain a type of lice known as Felicola subrostrata. Meanwhile, dogs can catch one of the two following lice types: Trichodectes canis and Linognathus setosus. Other types of animals can get lice on occasion as well, but once again the lice on these animals cannot be transmitted to humans and humans cannot transmit head lice to these animals.
Does Your Child Have Head Lice?
If so, you should know that Lice Knowing You© only uses only organic products which do not contain harmful substances such as parabens sulfates, or other toxins. In fact, our lice removal products help to eliminate and eradicate both bugs and nits. That said, our focus is on 100% lice and nit removal in just one treatment at our salons or mobile lice in our salons or mobile lice treatments in your office or home. Further, with a lifetime guarantee, how can you go wrong?
We look forward to seeing you at one of our family owned and operated lice treatment salons. Come visit our Portland lice treatment salon or one of our Seattle lice clinics for your head lice treatment needs. For more information, do not hesitate to call 877-670-LICE or visit www.liceknowingyou.com.
While you may not always think of head lice prevention, these measures are extremely important if you wish to prevent your child from contracting lice. With more and more schools changing their No-Nits Policies your children are at a higher risk of contracting head lice.
In order to prevent your child from obtaining head lice, you should use Lice Prevention and Lice Repellent products as a first line of defense against lice. In particular, our Citramint™ Lice Repellant Everyday Conditioning and Detangling Spray contain essential oils that are known to repel both lice and other unwanted insects.
Another great product is our daily lice repellent shampoo. This affordable Citramint ™ Lice Repellant Shampoo is mild enough to be used on a daily basis. Enriched with both minerals and vitamins, this shampoo both repels and prevents head lice.
In addition to using repellent products you should:
If you find that your child has lice there’s no need to worry. Lice Knowing You© can help take care of all of your lice concerns. From our large line of lice repelling, detection and removal products to our Seattle and Portland Lice Salons – we’ve got you covered.
Many panicked parents are looking for home remedies for lice removal and there are many so-called treatments out there. Unfortunately, we have built a business on failed lice treatments, which not only do not work, but are highly toxic and can be dangerous to you and your children.
Cetaphil, a facial cleanser, believed by some to work as a non-toxic lice treatment option, is one of the more toxic so-called treatments out there. It contains just eight ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.
All but the water are chemically manufactured, and propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and the three parabens are on the list are known ingredients to avoid as they are potentially toxic.
One look at the Cetaphil label and you’ve got to go “Wait a minute! What?” says Spirit Demerson, who analyzes skin-care ingredients for Spirit Beauty Lounge, her online natural beauty store. “Cetaphil does not contain even one single beneficial ingredient and what it does contain is the equivalent of toxic sludge. Whether you think it’s keeping your skin healthy or not, it is absorbed into your bloodstream and research has proven almost all of the few ingredients in it are carcinogenic. I know it’s hard to imagine that washing your face can give you cancer but it’s worth consideration.”
Your scalp is even more absorbent than your face and other areas of your body. The idea of putting this toxic treatment on your head is very scary to say the least.
Toxicity aside, this method is really just a smothering technique, which as those of us in the lice removal business know do not really work. The idea behind this lice treatment is that for a month (can you imagine knowingly dealing with your lice for a month), you put Cetaphil on your head and blow-dry your hair once a week. It can take two to three times as long to dry your hair with the Cetaphil on and you are to leave it in your hair for eight hours. The protocol dictates that you do this every week for a month. The idea is to stay ahead of the life-cycle of the louse. Good in theory, but unfortunately, it doesn’t kill all of the bugs and it doesn’t work on the lice eggs. During the course of your month long Cetaphil treatment, you continue to expose others to head lice because you still have live lice on your head.
The Cetaphil treatment was founded by Dr. Dale Pearlman, a dermatologist in Menlo Park. He did his own research on the treatment and was later found out to be duping his patients by selling the small bottles of “lice treatment” for hundreds of dollars. Later it was found out that his lice treatment was in fact the facial cleanser, Cetaphil.
There has been no other unbiased research done on Cetaphil cleanser and like so many home remedy treatments such as Listerine and wd-40, most people quickly realize that these treatments do not work. People are always looking for a quick-fix when it comes to lice. There are no magical products or devices out there, and regardless of what you choose, you need to comb every louse and nit out of the hair. This is the only guaranteed way to get rid of your lice infestation.
Lice Knowing You© uses only natural and organic products which never contain sulfates, parabens or other toxic ingredients. While our lice removal products help kill and eliminate the bugs and nits, our focus is on 100% lice and nit removal in one treatment in our salons or mobile lice treatments in your home or office with a brand new lifetime guarantee.
If you choose to do your own lice removal treatment like so many do, you can buy our products which contain a step-by-step protocol on how to do it yourself. Either way you choose, we walk you through the lice removal process. Our company has treated thousands of clients over the last several years with a 100% success rate for those that follow our protocol. Collectively, our staff has over 30 years of lice removal experience. We are the Northwest’s Premier Lice Removal Company with a Lifetime Guarantee.