• “The Stir” Reports Super-Strain of Resistant Head Lice is Spreading, but Don’t Panic

    "The Stir" Reports Super-Strain of Resistant Head Lice is Spreading, but Don't PanicNothing strikes fear into the hearts of moms quite like the threat of these creepy-crawly creatures. Just in time for back-to-school season, a super strain of resistant head lice is making its way into the scalps of kids in the majority of states across the country. But before you start scratching uncontrollably, there’s a bit of good news.

     While these insidious pests have become impervious to pyrethroids and pyrethrins — the active ingredients in popular over-the-counter remedies (talk about survival of the grossest!) — new prescription treatments are reportedly more effective than ever.

    This news comes just in time as 100 percent of lice tested in 42 out of 48 states had evolved to the point that treating them with those familiar remedies was far less effective in killing them.

    Amesh A. Adalja, MD, FIDSA, FACP, a board-certified infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh, explains what’s going on and what parents can do to fight these critters.

    “Over-the-counter treatments for head lice are based on pyrethrins and synthetic pyrethroids, compounds to which there has been increasing rates of resistance,” Adalja notes. “Prescription therapies, based on alternative compounds, are more effective in the face of this type of resistance.”

    But what if you’re a parent who doesn’t want to put chemicals on your child’s head to solve the problem? If you fall into that category, it’s good to know that places like Lice Knowing You, a lice removal service with eight clinics in four states, exist. Nancy Gordon, chief executive officer of the company, says while these resistant lice are getting a lot of attention lately, they’ve been around for at least a decade. Even in light of that, Gordon still advocates for a more natural treatment.

    “Consumers should arm themselves with the professional lice comb and focus on the removal of every louse and nit,” she explains. “Once your lice problem is cured, focus on checking your kids once a week going forward. Our motto at Lice Knowing You is ‘once a week sneak a peek.’ If you’re checking your kids regularly, if they happen to catch a bug you can just remove it immediately. Lice are spread through head-to-head contact. It takes seven to 10 days for the eggs to hatch and nine to 12 days for the baby bags to turn into full adults capable of laying eggs. Trust me, if there was a magical way to get rid of head lice we’d all be jumping on the bandwagon.”

    While there’s nothing fun about dealing with a lice problem, it’s good to know there are solutions out there and that vigilance is perhaps your best offense.

     

    Article by Liz Alterman, The Stir
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  • Head Lice Unplugged: Skilled Work, Not Technology, Eliminates Lice

    Old and new inventions claim short cuts to eliminating head lice. 

    With rumors of “super lice” spreading across the nation as parasites continue to develop resistance to chemical treatment, many parents have turned to technology to get rid of these nasty creatures. The web is filled with tips on using hair dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners to kill lice. Heat machines are being marketed as effective lice eliminators.

    Using heat instead of poison certainly appeals to parents as a healthier approach. 

    Who wants to massage poison into a child’s head and scalp? We work so hard to protect our kids from toxic substances. So why slather them with the stuff?

    With lice developing resistance to toxins, parents are eager for a different solution.

    Parents who have experienced (or read about) the failures of lice poisons know that shampoos and creams alone don’t eliminate lice. It’s understandable to be excited about an approach that sounds more modern and technologically advanced.

    But heat is not the answer.

    A study released in Pediatrics magazine showed that heat treatments do not kill all of the hatched and adult lice living on the scalp. Even the most effective heat product on the market only claims to kill 80% of hatched lice!

    It takes work!

    There’s no magic machine to make lice go away. The tried and true method of shampooing, combing, and manually removing lice and nits is still the only proven way to rid yourself of these itchy parasites. At Lice Knowing You, our certified lice removal experts remove ALL of the lice and their eggs in about 60 to 90 minutes. It’s not technology, it’s hard work. And we love doing it.

    Our solution is guaranteed. If you’d like to learn more, contact us.

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  • The Myth of “Super Lice”

     

    They’re crawling all over the internet and infesting the news: so-called “super lice” are threatening America’s kids… or are they?

    Researchers at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville recently shared the results of a study showing that many head lice are resistant to the chemicals traditionally used to kill them. The media quickly escalated this news into a “super lice” scare. Headlines like “’Super Lice’ Outbreak Hits 25 States” (Fox News) have parents worried about an epidemic of six-legged monsters spreading across the nation.

    The Myth of “Super Lice”

    The good news is that there’s no special strain of treatment-resistant lice that is moving from state to state. There’s nothing “super” about the lice that SIUE found. They’re the same head lice that we’ve been successfully eliminating for ages.

    The bad news is that any sample taken in America will show that lice are developing a resistance to the chemicals typically used to destroy them. The study collected sample lice from 25 states. All of those samples showed resistance to the chemicals.

    Don’t worry. We’ve got this. We’ve known about the resistance for years. In fact, we’ve designed our lice removal and prevention solutions with this in mind. No head lice are resistant to the guaranteed removal method we offer at Lice Knowing You.

    We don’t rely on the chemicals used in the study. The researchers tested lice resistance to pyrethroids, the pesticides found in common removal treatments. At Lice Knowing You, we don’t use those chemicals. We’ve long known that they don’t work very well, and anyway we don’t want to put harsh poisons on your kids! Instead, we use only 100% safe and non-toxic products combined with careful manual removal of lice and their eggs (nits). The process is natural, it’s organic, and it works.

    Trust us. The researchers who performed the SIUE study did! They asked us to provide samples and we were happy to help. It’s an important investigation into how pesticides are becoming less and less effective. We’re glad that science is catching up with what we’ve observed in our years of experience: poisonous chemicals are not an effective way to get rid of lice.

    So don’t fret about “super lice.” They’re not coming to attack your children. The same old head lice are out there, being passed from kid to kid. And we’re here with our guaranteed solution. If you’d like to learn more, contact us.

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  • New AAP Lice Guidelines: Good or Bad Idea?

    Head lice across America raised their tiny arms in victory when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines for managing infestations. The AAP, who influences policy in school systems all over the country, described lice as merely a “nuisance” and stated that “no healthy child should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice.”

    New AAP Lice Guidelines

    Like any parents who have endured a school outbreak of lice, we know just what a “nuisance” these parasites are. Sleepless nights and uncomfortable kids affect the well-being of the entire family. Children with sensitivities can be traumatized by the suffering that head lice cause. Infestations can go on for months of misery.

    Head lice live on our scalps, drink our blood, lay their eggs on our bodies, and survive by spreading. They crawl onto clothing, hair accessories, and combs. They’re transferred when kids come into contact with one another during everyday play.

    The solution that the AAP recommends is poison: permethrin, an insecticide that acts by destroying the nervous system. Most discerning parents have already eliminated poisonous insecticides and other chemicals from our kids’ lives. And now the AAP wants us to slather the stuff on their scalps?

    Perhaps the most frustrating part is that it’s just plain bad advice. Keeping infested kids in school does spread lice. And treating with permethrin more often than not just doesn’t work. It doesn’t kill eggs, nor does it even effectively kill all of the juvenile or adult lice. What’s worse is that we’re creating superlice. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recognizes that lice develop resistance to the treatment, even further reducing its effectiveness.

    After years of helping thousands of families win their battles against head lice, we at Lice Knowing You know what works: stopping a community-wide infestation requires careful and controlled manual lice and nit removal combined with community measures to reduce the spread of the parasites. Remove the lice, remove the eggs, and remove the opportunity for these nasty little creatures to transfer and thrive.

    Keep the kids home! Don’t let the lice win.

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  • Summer is a time for Lice Prevention!

    Lice-removal-SeattleWaa Hoo! Kids everywhere are jumping for joy – school’s out for the summer and it’s time for fun to begin!

    Many parents think that once school is over – head lice goes away. Well, that’s just not the case. Lice is a year-round problem and if preventative measures aren’t taken, lice will make an appearance in homes all over the Pacific Northwest.

    Summer is a time to be care-free. It’s a time for vacations and summer camp – not wondering if you have head lice or panicking if you get it. That being said, we have one task for parents this summer: As you put sunscreen on your kids skin to prevent sun burns, spray a lice prevention spray on their hair to ensure that your kids remain lice free while at camp.

    As always, the usual lice prevention tips always apply –

    1. NEVER share hair accessories or hats, helmets, sweatshirts, towels, etc. (This one is particularly important if you send your kids to a baseball, football or horseback riding camp!)
    2. Children should not hang towels or bags next to each other or place them in piles.
    3. Have kids wear long hair in braids or ponytails and boys should keep their hair short.
    4. Once a Week, Take a Peek. Spend 5 minutes, once a week, to check your child for head lice. All it takes is a quick comb of the hair to prevent a problem that could spread to your family and friends.

    To help foster a proactive approach to lice prevention we’re offering a great deal for parents! Head to any Lice Knowing You clinic and have your child’s head checked before they head off to camp. While at the clinic, purchase a Camp Prevention Pak filled with some great prevention items that will last all summer long. Then, when summer is over, head back to Lice Knowing You for a FREE lice check.

    Let’s stay ahead of the game and stop lice in their tracks before they start making a home on your head!

    We hope you have a happy, safe and lice-free summer!

     

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  • Have A Wonderful, Hopefully Lice-Free, Summer!

    Seattle-Lice-RemovalRecently a client welcomed family friends from another state into her home. These family friends had recently treated their daughter for lice but the mother had not been checked and did not care to use our services at Lice Knowing You. The friend stated that her daughter gets lice a few times a year – they get rid of it and move on. It’s not a big deal – it’s just another thing to deal with.

    “Lice is just something we deal with”

    This is unfortunately a very common phrase among many preschools, some schools and many families. Let me tell you – Lice isn’t something to just “deal with”. It’s a problem and can become an epidemic if not treated and/or prevented.

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – lice is the second most common childhood affliction next to the common cold. 1 in 4 children in our country will have lice at some point during their school years. Lice can cause stress, parents have to miss work, kids miss school and, in some cases, lice can cause sores and bleeding on an infested scalp.

    So I ask you — How is lice not a big deal?

    Moving into the summer months – as children go away to camp, head to play-dates where they’re playing dress-up or sharing helmets – I urge you to help educate your friends, family and even your children about lice.  Teach your kids not to share helmets, hats or brushes.  If you’re sending your child to camp – make sure that they put their long hair in a pony tail or a braid. Don’t share pillows – and if kids are at a sleepover – keep hair up and away from other friends’ heads.

    And as always, if you can – use some sort of lice prevention spray, shampoo and/or conditioner on the hair.

    Lice Knowing You isn’t just a clinic or a place where you can buy head lice detection, removal and prevention products – it’s a company that cares about keeping the families in our community healthy and lice free for generations to come.

    Have a wonderful, hopefully lice-free, summer!

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  • Just what is in our products?

    Many people ask us what makes our products so special and unique. Besides the years of research and formulation that went into creating the Lice Knowing You© brand – the products work. When used correctly, Lice Knowing You© products have a 100% success rate at treating and preventing head lice.

    We can about keeping your family lice free in a safe and healthy way. All of our products are natural, organic and pesticide free. They contain NO sulfates or parabans.

    They DO contain a blend of essential oils proven to defend lice and other insects from your hair and skin – guaranteed to keep your hair silky smooth, smelling good and lice-free!

     * Rosemary Oil: Rosemary Oil has many different health benefits. Not only is it a great insect/lice repellent but also it’s great for strengthening hair follicles and stimulating hair growth!

    * Neem Oil: Neem extracts have certain qualities that get in the way of a parasites ability to feed. It also prevents eggs from hatching – stopping lice before they start.

     * Lemongrass Oil: Lemongrass Oil is commonly used as an insect repellent and is known to keep bugs away for hours at a time.

     * Eucalyptus Oil: Eucalyptus Oil can be used as an insect repellent and for the relief of insect bites and head lice infestations.

     *Tea Tree/Lavender/Peppermint Oil: These three oils are commonly used as insect and lice repellents because lice are deterred by the smell of the oils.

     These oils combined with other key ingredients are what make the Lice Knowing You© product line so successful at treating and preventing head lice infestations.

    As summer approaches – and kids are prone to sharing helmets and other toys, keep lice at bay by taking preventative measures and using a Lice Knowing You© detangler and environmental spray on your hair and your stuff. Give lice the brush off with Lice Knowing You© prevention products!

     

     

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  • Tips on Lice Prevention for the Warmer Months

    The air is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter…what does all of this mean? Kids are playing outside, riding bikes and scooters, playing baseball – and sharing helmets and other sports accessories. Which also means – the spread of lice through your community. Begin preventative measures now to ensure that you remain lice free all summer long.

    At Lice Knowing You© – we tell our clients to do weekly lice checks – OR – once a week, take a peek. Wet the hair with a detangler, grab a Terminator lice comb and do a quick comb through of the hair to see if you find any bugs crawling around or nits sticking to a hair shaft. With weekly checks, if bugs are found, chances are it will be a minor infestation and able to be treated with minimal time and cost.

    Encourage children NOT to share helmets, hats, sleeping bags, costumes, hair accessories, etc.

    At camp and during play-dates, keep long hair in ponytails and if possible, spray the hair with a prevention detangler – like the Lice Knowing You© Detangler and Conditioning Spray.

     

    All it takes is one bug to start a head lice infestation –

    Stop it before it starts biting you!

    Here’s to a WARM, safe, healthy and lice-free summer!

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  • Head Lice Removal Is Fun!

    One of the more common questions that we are asked when people come into our salon is “what makes a person want to pick lice for a living?”  It’s an interesting question and when given the opportunity to think about the job and the good work that we do, many of our technicians take a step back and realize that head lice removal isn’t all that bad of a job to have. While many people might associate “head lice technician” as a bad job — we actually find it quite a bit rewarding!

    Head lice removal is fun! Yes we know it’s hard to believe, but the reality is, we get to meet and chat with so many different and interesting people. While these people have visited our salons for unfortunate reasons — they are happy to be with us, chat with us and while we take the stress out of lice. When people visit a Lice Knowing You© salon, they typically leave happy and stress free and that makes us feel great!

    We all know that there is a little bit of a “yuck” factor involved with lice removal but did you ever think how cool the the “yuck” factor really is? As technicians, we’re really  mini scientists’ and entomologists’ all wrapped up into one.  Sometimes the most severe head lice cases, while very intense, are the most fulfilling to work on. We get to see all ages and stages of bugs, hundreds of eggs and we welcome the challenge of full lice and nit removal in only one treatment.  Within 1-2 hours of working on severe lice cases we realize that we have made a “life –changing experience” for our clients! We give our clients their normal back — with the stress of lice behind them.

    That being said, our lice technicians are so much more than just nitpickers.
    Lice Knowing You© technicians provide clients with a support system.  Did you know that having head lice can create severe anxiety and depression in many people?  It’s the job of Lice Knowing You© technicians to talk our patients down off their ledge and help them put their head lice infestation into perspective, making them realize that there are many worse things in the world.

    Lice Knowing You© technicians are teachers.  It is a technician’s job to educate our clients about head lice and how to treat and prevent them in the future.

    And finally, as mentioned above, Lice Knowing You© technicians are scientists and entomologists.  We get to study the bugs, observe them under microscopes, collect them as specimens for participation in university studies.

    A head lice technician is many jobs wrapped into one.  If you can think outside the box and realize that it is not all about the bugs, then you can see that a head lice technician is a valuable and much needed profession—one that many people couldn’t live without.

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  • Our lice technicians are so much more than just nitpickers!

    One of the more common questions that we are asked when people come into our salon is “what makes a person want to pick lice for a living?”  It’s an interesting question and when given the opportunity to think about the job and the good work that we do, many of our technicians take a step back and realize that head lice removal isn’t all that bad of a job to have. While many people might associate “head lice technician” as a bad job — we actually find it quite a bit rewarding!

    Head lice removal is fun! Yes we know it’s hard to believe, but the reality is, we get to meet and chat with so many different and interesting people. While these people have visited our salons for unfortunate reasons — they are happy to be with us, chat with us and while we take the stress out of lice. When people visit a Lice Knowing You© salon, they typically leave happy and stress free and that makes us feel great!

    We all know that there is a little bit of a “yuck” factor involved with lice removal but did you ever think how cool the the “yuck” factor really is? As technicians, we’re really  mini scientists’ and entomologists’ all wrapped up into one.  Sometimes the most severe head lice cases, while very intense, are the most fulfilling to work on. We get to see all ages and stages of bugs, hundreds of eggs and we welcome the challenge of full lice and nit removal in only one treatment.  Within 1-2 hours of working on severe lice cases we realize that we have made a “life –changing experience” for our clients! We give our clients their normal back — with the stress of lice behind them.

    That being said, our lice technicians are so much more than just nitpickers.
    Lice Knowing You© technicians provide clients with a support system.  Did you know that having head lice can create severe anxiety and depression in many people?  It’s the job of Lice Knowing You© technicians to talk our patients down off their ledge and help them put their head lice infestation into perspective, making them realize that there are many worse things in the world.

    Lice Knowing You© technicians are teachers.  It is a technician’s job to educate our clients about head lice and how to treat and prevent them in the future.

    And finally, as mentioned above, Lice Knowing You© technicians are scientists and entomologists.  We get to study the bugs, observe them under microscopes, collect them as specimens for participation in university studies.

    A head lice technician is many jobs wrapped into one.  If you can think outside the box and realize that it is not all about the bugs, then you can see that a head lice technician is a valuable and much needed profession—one that many people couldn’t live without.

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