Know You’re Lice-Free Before and After Holiday Gatherings
Stay Lice Free This Holiday
Know you’re lice-free before winter break. Holiday seasons is a peak time for head lice, according to Sally Dent, Senior Manager with Lice Clinics of Maryland. Families gather, kids are home from school and having sleepovers and parties, and head lice can spread.
“Every year, we see an increase of patients during the holidays. It certainly can disrupt the holiday spirit,” Sally says. “The best way to keep head lice out of your home for the holidays is to know you’re lice-free and know how to identify them in the first place. It’s not as easy as you might think.”
Some people mistakenly think that they since their kids are not scratching their heads, then they are lice-free. But symptoms can take weeks to occur, and by then the problem has multiplied.
How Can I Diagnose?
“There is only one way to diagnose a case of head lice accurately,” says Sally. “And that is by finding a live louse. That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, and it’s been our experience, too. But the challenge is that head lice are fast—they can travel eight inches per second and will go deep into a child’s hair when frightened. That’s why a thorough search for lice requires expertise and experience.”
What Happens If I Have Lice?
“We offer professional screenings at our clinic and highly recommend them before and after school breaks,” Sally says. “It’s the best way to have peace of mind and know you’re lice-free. If we do find lice, you can be treated on the spot and leave our clinic in an hour, guaranteed to be lice-free. We use the AirAllé® device, the only FDA-cleared medical device that provides fast and effective head lice treatment.”
Lice Clinics of Maryland, an affiliate of Lice Clinics of America, with clinics in Bel Air, Baltimore, and Rockville, is the exclusive provider in our area of the AirAllé system.
AirAllé has been used to treat more than 850,000 cases of head lice throughout the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.
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