What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Head Lice?

Whether you suspect that you have head lice or you are concerned that your child is carrying them, it’s important to be familiar with the most common signs and symptoms of a head lice infestation. The most common signs and symptoms include:

Itchy Scalp

Lice are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Though their bites are incredibly small, they cause an allergic reaction that causes the affected area to itch. Initially, you probably won’t suspect that you have lice, as dry skin and certain hair products can also cause your scalp to itch. In fact, it can take up to six weeks for a lice infestation to fully develop and become a full-blown problem. That being said, if you notice that your scalp is becoming itchier and you begin to notice the symptoms below, then it’s time to schedule an appointment at our Houston lice treatment center.

Red Bumps and Sores

Red bumps and swollen sores are other common signs of head lice. As we mentioned in the previous section, lice are small parasites, but their bites do irritate the skin and cause an allergic reaction in the body. Though many bites occur on the scalp itself, lice can also affect the hairline, neck, and shoulders, and you will likely see red bumps developing as they feed. Sores and scratches may also develop due to itching.

Crawling Sensations

Fully grown lice are roughly 2 to 3 millimeters in length, which makes them incredibly difficult to spot with the naked eye. Despite this fact, they do cause tickling and crawling sensations as they mature into adulthood. Lice movement can sometimes be mistaken for a severely itchy scalp, but the crawling sensation caused by a full-blown lice infestation is almost unmistakable.

Difficulty Sleeping

Lice aren’t just life-disrupting when you’re awake — they can interrupt your sleep, too. This symptom generally develops as the infestation worsens and the scalp becomes almost intolerably irritated and itchy. If you’re tossing and turning during the night due to an itchy scalp, or if you notice that your child is tired in the morning due to an irritated scalp, then make an appointment with our lice treatment center and we’ll get to work!

Visual Signs

As we noted above, fully grown lice are difficult to spot. However, you can look for eggs and movement amongst hair follicles if you suspect that lice are causing your symptoms. Lice eggs, also known as nits, are easy to mistake for dandruff, as they’re small, white, and found on hair follicles close to the scalp. It can be difficult to discern the difference between nits and dandruff, especially without help, so come to Lice Treatment Solutions if you’re unsure of whether you’re dealing with dandruff or lice.

Are Head Lice Dangerous?

At Lice Treatment Solutions, one of the most common questions we’re asked is if head lice pose any major health risks. The answer is a bit nuanced. On their own, lice do not pose any serious health risks. They don’t carry any major diseases, and you won’t have long-term effects that linger once the infestation has been eliminated. However, given that lice do create open sores and many people scratch to the point of drawing blood, infections can develop on the scalp, neck, and shoulders. While it’s unlikely that you will develop an infection from head lice, you should invest in lice treatment as soon as possible to minimize your risk.

Why Choose Us for Lice Treatment?

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we know that you have options when it comes to lice removal in Houston. We take a great deal of pride in our business, and we believe that the following factors set us above the competition:

  • Affordability: One flat-rate fee includes all product and lice treatment costs. We know how frustrating it can be to choose a business offering low prices and then being surprised by hidden costs. You won’t be surprised by hidden or hourly fees when you choose Lice Treatment Solutions! Our pricing is as follows:
    Head Lice Inspection: $10 per person (waived if treatment is needed)
    Men/Boys: $75 per person
    Women/Girls: $120 per person
  • Complete Service: While some lice treatment centers in Houston do not provide complete service, we take a different approach. We take the hassle out of head lice treatment and will not send you home to continue treatment or make you schedule unnecessary follow-up appointments to pad our bottom line. You will leave our lice treatment center free of head lice!
  • Results: At Lice Treatment Solutions, we’re dedicated to providing each and every one of our clients with exceptional service. We have an unparalleled success rate, but should you need additional treatment, we offer unlimited inspections and lice treatments for up to 30 days. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!
    • Be sure to read through our testimonials to see what previous clients have said about our lice treatment methods!
  • Certificate of Treatment – If your child has been affected by lice, then their school administrator or camp counselor may want you to provide proof of treatment before your child can return. We know how important it is to get your child back into school or camp, and upon request, we will provide you with a certificate of treatment that allows you to get your child back into school or camp as soon as possible.

The Benefits of Natural Head Lice Prevention Products

If you’re trying to treat head lice, then you might find yourself desperately looking for the first product you can find. You might place an order online with next-day shipping, or you may head to your local supermarket to look at their over-the-counter options. While we completely understand that you want to resolve the problem as quickly as you can, you need to know that the majority of over-the-counter lice treatments contain toxic chemicals and are often ineffective. Below are two of the most commonly used ingredients that have the potential to seriously harm your health:

Permethrin

Permethrin is one of the oldest chemicals used to treat head lice, and because of this, many lice in the United States have actually developed a resistance to it! Recent studies have evaluated the effectiveness of permethrin-based lice treatment products and found that they are between 20 and 30 percent effective. Permethrin isn’t just ineffective, though, some of the main health concerns of permethrin use include:

  • Respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
  • Congestion and sinus problems
  • Severe scalp irritation
  • Nervous system problems, including convulsions

Lindane

Though the EPA has deemed lindane a toxic ingredient, it is still used in some lice treatment products. Several countries have banned its use due to its carcinogenic nature and several troubling side effects:

  • Nervous, neurological, and reproductive system dysfunction
  • Rashes and skin irritation
  • Dizziness and motor coordination problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Involuntary shaking and seizures
  • Burning, itching, and other painful sensations at the site of application

Lindane is not recommended for use by individuals who weigh less than 110 pounds, which means that most parents should be wary of purchasing products with lindane and using them on their children.

Our Natural Approach

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we believe that an all-natural, non-chemical approach is the safest and most effective way to perform lice treatment. We’re proud to offer a variety of natural lice prevention accessories and products to help you prevent future lice infestations. Whether we’re treating you or your child, you can rest assured that none of the products we use come with major health risks or concerning side effects. When you choose Lice Treatment Solutions, you’re choosing to work with lice removal experts who have your best interests in mind!

Tips for Preventing Lice

As lice removal experts, we know that the best way to treat lice is to prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place. These lice prevention tips are primarily written with children in mind, as they are much more likely to develop head lice than adults. That being said, these lice tips can serve as a helpful resource for anyone!

Avoid Sharing

Lice are small insects that cannot fly or jump, which means that they are primarily transferred by direct contact (see the next section) or through the sharing of clothing and items that touch the head. Some of the most common objects that can transfer lice include:

  • Combs and hairbrushes
  • Hair ties, clips, and other accessories
  • Helmets and hats
  • Scarves
  • Towels
  • Headphones

Minimize Direct Contact

While adults generally do not come into direct contact with one another, children are much more likely to bump heads while playing. Whether they’re enrolled in an after-school sports program or they love playing with others during recess, it’s easy for them to collide and transfer lice from head to another. While you can’t ask your child to stop playing with others, you can make them aware that head lice can be transferred by head-to-head contact. This is a particularly important point to discuss with your child if you know of an active lice problem taking place in their school.

Separate Belongings

Lice cannot survive for more than approximately 24 hours without a host, but that doesn’t mean that they die the moment they become separated from a person’s scalp. They can cling to personal belongings and eventually make their way to another person’s scalp. Talk with your child about the importance of keeping their coat, backpack, and other belongings separated from their classmates’ personal effects. A simple conversation might be just what it takes to minimize your risk of an outbreak!

For additional information about how you can prevent a lice infestation in your home, please contact our lice removal experts online or ask us for more information during your in-person appointment!

Schedule Your Lice Removal Appointment Today!

We hope that this page will serve as a valuable resource for you should you suspect that you, or anyone else in your family, has developed a lice infestation.

For the best lice treatment in Houston, schedule an appointment at Lice Treatment Solutions today! No infestation is too big or too small for us to treat — we’ll help you eliminate lice from your life and get back to your normal routine as quickly as we can.

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