Do you laugh or do you cry??

mom performing at home treatment

When we answer our phone at LCA Ft.Wayne we are prepared for just about any type of emotion on the other end of the phone.  We have had a wide range of emotions.  A very common conversation includes someone one the other end of the phone crying.  I always tell them “its ok just let it out” .  Lice will bring you to your knees if you have been dealing with it for a while or if you have just gotten the phone call from the school and you have never dealt with it.

Embarrassment

A lot of people are still under the belief that lice is a sign of a dirty home or bad hygiene.  This is simply not true.  Lice actually clean hair.  Oily/dirty hair makes it harder for the bugs to attach their eggs to.  Clean hair is where they want to be.  Head Lice can not live off of the human head for longer then 72 hours.   They only lay eggs on your head.  They are not like fleas or bed bugs that lay eggs in the fibers of your home.  So the cleanness of your home is not the issue.  With that said you still need to do the basic cleaning and laundry to make sure you get rid of them once you know you  have them.  Even the most pristine homes can have family members with lice.

Anger

After spending hours treating head lice at home one can find themselves with anger bubbling to the surface.  Mad at the school that they don’t have a lice policy.  Mad because you know the child you feel sure is spreading the lice and are certain they are treating it at home. Therefore making your family’s life miserable.  Mad because you were positive that you got every nit combed out and the nurse just called to say they found more.

Defeated

You went to the store bought the products, did the treatments and or called the dr and got the prescription.  You felt sure you got it all .  Victory.   4 weeks later you realize the lice have returned!!!  You did the whole process over and now you are sure its gone.  A couple weeks later you have gone on with your life only to realize they have returned again.  This cycle can go on and on.  We have had people call us that have done this routine for months even years. You feel that your life has started to revolve around getting head lice.  You are at the end of your rope and are wondering will this EVER go away for good.

 

What you need to know is that we have dealt with each of these emotions and more.  One very rewarding aspect of owning LCA FT.Wayne is that we offer people piece of mind with our AirAlle treatments. The AirAlle is FDA cleared heated air device.  We will guarantee our AirAlle treatments for 30 days.  Why is that so important when we are talking about emotions?  It important because you have us to guarantee that we will get rid of it.  You are not alone in your battle to these pesky bugs.  We are here to walk you through the process and explain all the steps that need to take place to assure you do not have to continue the cycle.  Dealing with Head Lice does not have to be a emotional roller coaster if you let us help you from the very beginning.  We can save you so much time and emotional exhaustion.

2017 – The Year to Conquer Lice!!

LCA FT.WAYNE-  LET US BE YOUR LICE RESOURCE!!

So often we answer the phone and on the other end is a mother or father at the end of their rope because they have been battling head lice.  Getting rid of head lice can be very difficult to do on your own.  There are so many products that promise results and countless home remedies that can be found on line.  The sad fact is that very rarely will any of these treatments take care of the problem.  Which then leaves parents feeling like they are fight a loosing battle.  We at LCA Ft.WAYNE are here to help you conquer head lice so you can get on with your life!!

WHAT DOES OUR CLINIC OFFER?

We are a clinic for head lice removal.  We offer several different treatments to our customers to fit their budgets.  We guarantee that we get  rid of head lice.  What is our secret??  We offer the newest treatment on the market.  A heated air treatment with the AirAlle device.  What makes this so effective??  Through the heated air treatment we are able to dehydrate and kill the live bugs but most importantly the heated air treatment dehydrates and kills the eggs.  This is why we can guarantee our one time treatments.   It also is a all green, pesticide free treatment.  We guarantee our treatment for 30 days.  So you know that you have a partner in getting rid of this pesky problem!!  We offer several other treatments as well as the AirAlle  along with a full product line.  We are happy to schedule a consultation appointment for families to figure out what the best plan of attack.  Along with our treatments we are your resource for information about head lice.  There are many myths floating around that are simply not true.  We are hear to answer your questions and get you the real facts!

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK ?

We at LCA Ft.Wayne are taking calls at all hours, because lets be honest head lice do not care what time it is.  We are open 7 days a week and are by appointment only.  You can simply call us at 260-416-2880 at we are happy to get you scheduled.   We do our best to get you in ASAP.

5 FACTS ABOUT HEAD LICE

  1. Head lice can only live off of a human head for 72 hrs.
  2. Head lice only lay eggs on human heads.  They do not lay eggs in your carpet or furniture
  3. Head lice lay 8 to 10 eggs a day for the entire length of their life.
  4. Head lice do not live on pets.  They only live on human heads.
  5. Head lice do not jump or fly from head to head.  They crawl.

Pleas Don’t go into this new year dealing with head lice.  LCA FT.WAYNE is here to help.  Let us be your resource and partner!!

Is it possible that we can help you go into Labor???

We had a first this weekend at the Lice Clinic of Ft.Wayne!!!  We had our first client’s water break!!!  We love all of our clients and when they are in our clinic we try to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease.  This weekend we had a lovely family in for the whole family to be treated.  Mom was due any day.  After the 4th treatment was completed her water broke!!! As 4 mothers who own and work at the clinic with 10 children between us we have a special place in our hearts for the moms who come in with only days before delivery to deal with a family outbreak of lice.  What timing to have to deal with head lice.  As if having another baby is not enough already.  Now we all remember when people would give us advice to help the onset of labor.  Eat mexican food, jump up and down , drink this ,do that…. The list can go on and on.  Not once do I think I have ever heard get the heated air lice treatment!!!!   Maybe we have discovered a new tactic!!!!  I don’t know if anyone from this particular family will ever read this but we wish their family and the newest addition the best.   If you are close to your due date and have tried everything else come and see us !!! Maybe we can help.

Myths about Super Lice and How the AirAlle can help!!!

 

 

 

Debunking Super Lice and Other Myths
Head lice are easy to kill. You just need the right information.

Young boy scratching his head
Lice move from one head to another by grabbing onto a passing hair with one of their six claws.

By Adam Ward Nov. 25, 2015 | 6:00 a.m. EST + More
For a relatively harmless parasite that can’t survive off its human host very long, the head louse has garnered plenty of unwarranted fear and loathing.

Recent reports of lice in the U.S. carrying pesticide-resistant genes have now elevated this lowly bug to super-villain status.

But ‘Super Lice’? Really?

Yes, the pesticides in popular over-the-counter drugs in the U.S. don’t work very well any more. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other methods of killing these critters.

Before delving into these other methods, however, let’s debunk a few other lice myths:

Myth No. 1: Lice can jump and fly.

Lice crawl. Period. They move from one head to another by grabbing onto a passing hair with one of their six claws. In order for that to happen, two heads have to be close enough for hair to touch. So if you don’t touch heads with with an infested person, the chances of you getting lice are extremely low.

Myth No. 2: Only kids get lice.

Based on treatments at Lice Clinics of America, just half of head-lice infestations happen to school-age kids. The other half happen to parents (usually the moms) and older siblings. Teenagers and college students who spend a lot of time putting their heads together for selfies and other activities are also not immune.

Myth No. 3: Lice spread disease.

They don’t. There are three types of lice that feed off humans, and only the body louse can transmit disease (which can kill you).

Myth No. 4: Lice can infest a house.

Research shows that most head lice, which need to feed on human blood every three to four hours, die within 15 hours off their host. If a louse accidentally comes off a head, it is highly unlikely that it will be able to make it back onto a head before dehydrating and dying.

Myth No. 5: Pesticides can’t kill Super Lice.

So let’s get back to this Super Lice myth. There are lots of pesticides around the world that can kill these lice. Unfortunately, most aren’t widely available in the U.S. or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Seventy-two percent of OTC lice products sold in the United States contain either permethrin or pyrethrum. These pesticides used to be extremely effective at killing lice. But after decades of overuse, they now are effective less than 45 percent of the time, and that is after multiple treatments.

In the past decade, a number of “all-natural” products have hit the U.S. market to address this problem. Unfortunately, many of these products use essential oils to kill lice. These products should be avoided because the essential oils kill lice using neurotoxic means, and do so without regulation by the FDA for safety and efficacy.

So: What to Use?

Fortunately, there are some new non-toxic products that are relatively effective at killing lice. These products kill lice through physical means rather than neurotoxic means. They kill lice (but not lice eggs) through plugging their spiracles and trachea; or by stripping cuticle lipids on a louse’s waxy shell (which causes dehydration); or by drying them with heated air (which desiccates them).

One of these new products is an FDA-cleared medical device called AirAllé that kills head lice using carefully controlled, heated air. In clinical trials using just a single treatment (and with no nit combing), the device had a combined kill-or-remove rate for lice and eggs of 93.7 percent. In particular, it was 99.2 percent effective on lice eggs, which are the hardest to kill.

On April 27, 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their report on head lice and added AirAllé as an effective treatment method. The AAP report recommends not using OTC products in areas where pesticide resistance is known.

Adam Ward is the chief operating officer of Larada Sciences, a company dedicated to the eradication of head lice that developed the AirAllé machine.

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Even Super Models deal with Lice!!!

This is a great article that talks about Super Model Heidi Klum dealing with lice and the ongoing myths about head lice:

Not even supermodel Heidi Klum can avoid some of the not-so-pleasant ramifications of having four kiddos under the age of 12. Case in point: Getting head lice.

During a sit-down with Ellen DeGeneres recently, the Project Runway host, 42, addressed a recent lice infestation in her home that occurred after the school nurse discovered one of the little parasites in her daughter’s hair. She summed the experience up in one word: “horrible.” (“That’s why I didn’t hug her!” DeGeneres then cracked to the audience.)

Klum says this was the second time her family’s had an issue with the pesky critters—but that’s no big surprise. An estimated six to 12 million infestations occur every year in the United States among children ages 3 to 11, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Plus, new research has revealed that lice in at least 25 states now have genetic mutations that make them resistant to over-the-counter treatments.

Given the growing problem, we thought now’s as good of a time as any to share some myths and facts about head lice.

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Myth: They’re basically invisible
Klum mentioned how easy the bugs are to miss thanks to their tiny size. While she’s right on the money that lice are indeed difficult-to-spot insects, you can still often find them with the naked eye. A fully grown adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed.

If you do feel the sensation of itchiness or crawling on your scalp (that’s where head lice tend to reside, though, in rare severe cases, they can live on the eyebrows or eyelashes), the CDC also recommends using a fine-toothed comb or magnifying glass to look for any live bugs.

If you or your doctor don’t see any crawling lice, finding the eggs (called nits) firmly cemented close to the base of the hair shafts typically suggests that you’ve got them and should be treated, the CDC states.

Fact: Schools can be a hotbed for lice
When Degeneres asked Klum how she got them, she replied without skipping a beat, “Kids! They get them at school!” And this time, she’s totally right. Children are in fact more inclined to get lice at school, camps, sports outings and sleepovers where more head-to-head contact occurs, allowing the lice to spread, according to the CDC.

Fact: You’re less likely to get head lice from adults
Don’t fear a neighborhood cocktail party—or a talk show visit—just because there’s a lice infestation in your little ones’ school. Though DeGeneres jokingly questioned why Klum wouldn’t just opt out of her appearance and stay home instead, there’s less of a chance you’ll catch them from your mom friends or co-workers.

Why? “Presumably because adults simply don’t engage in the same level of head-to-head contact,” says Seth Orlow, MD, who specializes in pediatric dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

But it was smart for the duo to skip the big hug for risk of touching scalps. Direct person-to-person contact is key (adults, too!), he explains, because lice crawl from scalp to scalp. However, don’t be fooled by anyone who says they can leap. “They can sure crawl fast, but they can’t jump,” he adds. (Another fun fact: Your pets can’t get head lice.)

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Myth: A head lice infestation is a sign of “dirtiness”
Actually, head lice are not associated with poor hygiene at all. “They are equal opportunity parasites,” Dr. Orlow says. Clean or dirty hair, “all they want is some warm blood and a place to mate and lay their eggs,” he adds. (Shudder.)

Myth: Kids with lice can’t go to school
Contrary to popular belief, quarantining yourself isn’t really necessary. In fact, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics in April say that children found to have head lice can finish the school day, be treated and then return to school the next day.

There are a few reasons why. For one, a nit that is more than a quarter-inch from the hair shaft likely won’t hatch into a louse, or it may just be an egg shell casing. Also, nits that are strongly glued to the hair shafts also unlikely to successfully transfer to someone else.

Says Dr. Orlow, “The point is not to throw [kids] out of school but rather to have them get treated at home that evening.”

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Myth: You need to take drastic measures to get rid of them
Even with the growing resistance to over-the-counter treatments, you don’t need to panic—or spend a ton of money—to rid your kids (and yourself) of these pests.

“There are these fairies that come to the house and brush you for hours and get all these lice out of your hair,” Klum told Degeneres. These “lice fairies” are a real thing; there are professional picker businesses—such as the Lice Lady in Westchester, N.Y. and Hair Fairies, based in New York City—who use special products and tools to remove lice and nits from the head. But they’re really not necessary.

“Some people who have the money and time can hire someone to pick every louse and nit off their child’s head,” Dr. Orlow says. “But when it comes to effectiveness, I’ll vote for one of several available prescription pediculicides,” aka pesticides for lice that are safe for use on kids.

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That said, you should also be skeptical of home remedies like attempting to drown lice in mayonaise or olive oil. There’s no scientific evidence that those work. It’s “messy for sure; effective—not so much,” Dr. Orlow says.

The bottom line with head lice: Don’t freak out if you or your children get it. Yes, they’re gross and itchy, but they are not harmful to your health. “Keep it in perspective,” Dr. Orlow concludes. “Yes, it’s an annoyance, and one we can cure.”

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6 Things to Learn About Head Lice From Heidi Klum’s Experience

The price of getting rid of Lice

What is the financial, emotional and physical cost of getting rid of lice?? Well we will not lie the price can be high. With that said it does not have to that way. First, most of us go into panic mode when we make the realization or get the phone call that our child has lice. Oh the dread…. usually a parent will run to the local drugstore within hours of finding out and buy the over the counter “remedies”. They follow the instructions and sit for hours combing out the child’s hair. Then go on to treat everyone with the same “remedy” even if they are not sure the others in the house have lice. Just to be safe. Along with the product and combing there is the all the cleaning that goes with getting rid of the bugs. It certainly takes its toll on the parents and everyone else in the household. After all is said and done it is hard to deal with the reality that even with all the efforts that have been made the lice are still there!!!!! Our friends in Jacksonville Fla at Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Center posted the approximate costs of the do-it-yourself methods. They are as follow:

• Over-the-counter head lice shampoo for one person :$45
• Over-the-counter head lice products for the family :$125
• In-store purchased head lice nit removal comb :$7-$45
• Internet-purchased head lice products :$150
• A visit to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment plan :$250
• A prescription lice treatment :$50-$250
• Replacement of personal hair combs, brushes, and accessories :$75
• Extra household cleaning supplies :$30
• Electricity and water required for extra laundry and cleaning :$200
• Missed work for one person :Cost Varies
• Sitters for children unable to attend school :Cost Varies
• Missed school (private) :Cost Varies
• Missed extra-curricular activities :Cost Varies

There are some things, however, on which you can’t put a price; perhaps their cost the greatest.

• Anger, stress, depression felt by members of the family
• Strained relationships with friends and co-workers
• Lack of sleep for person(s) with head lice and for their care-takers
• Physical discomfort caused by itching from lice bites and burning from pesticides in treatment products
• Countless hours spent combing hair, cleaning, doing laundry
• Missed school and make-up work
• Missed non-fee extra-curricular activities
• Missed social events
• Exclusion from social events
• Unwarranted, unfair stigma and stereotyping
• Known and unknown long term effects of toxins in over-the-counter and prescription head lice treatment products

Multiply these direct and indirect costs each time you treat and have to treat again in an effort to be rid of head lice. To add insult to injury, THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES!

Now you may be asking yourself after reading that what am I to do if we have lice!! Call us is the answer. In the end we will save a family money. At Lice Clinics of America -Ft.Wayne we offer safe, toxic free, heated AIrAlle treatment that will kill both the live bugs and the eggs. It also comes with a 30 day guarantee. ( All siblings and parents must be head checked by a LCAFt.Wayne technician for the guarantee to be valid). The pesticide -free AirAlle treatment costs $149.00 per person. It includes a full comb out to remove all debris ( dead lice and nits) and an application of I Hate Lice rinse ( a non toxic lice suffocating solution). We will also provide you with a list of the essential house cleaning that needs to be done. This is a one time treatment. There is no follow up required.

So if you are still thinking that you are one to do-it-yourself then we encourage you to go back over the pricing above. It will cost you far more then a phone call to us for a appointment.

Lice Clinics of America -Ft.Wayne is here to help!!!

Lice on two strands of hair

Super Lice !!! You have to be kidding!?!?

With all the things we hear about and read about now we have to learn about SUPER LICE.  Add it to the super sized list of things that we can worry about. Right after super cell storms  and super strains of the flu.  So what is a super lice, how did it become super and what do we do about it??? Here are the answers:

What is super lice?

The Journal of Medical Entomology a publication of the Entomological Society of America shows that lice are becoming increasingly difficult to remove. Over time the little guys(and girls) have become unresponsive to to over the counter lice treatments.  As a result they are becoming super lice and spreading more quickly then health experts originally feared.

How did this happen?

The study that was conducted at the University of Mass Amherst looked at the genes of lice from 32 sites in the US and Canada.  What they found was the bugs have become genetically resistant to the chemicals that are the base of the over the counter remedies. How did this happen?? When the over the counter treatments are used incorrectly the lice can not only survive but they become stronger!! These stronger bugs go from head to head and as time goes on they become completely resistant.  The same thing will happen with the RX one can get from their doctor, over time they will become resistant.

 

In a recent Harris Poll of 2,000 U.S. mothers, about one-third said they were able to treat their child’s lice with just one application of a OTC product.  Sixty-eight percent reported that treatment required two or more applications or that no OTC treatment resolved.

So what are you to do if your child comes home with lice??

Don’t panic!  Super or not you can get rid of these little guys (and girls). Lice Clinics of America-Ft.Wayne is a Science-Based Lice Removal Company that is 100% equipped to deal with Super Lice!! LCA -FW is the exclusive provider of the Revolutionary AirAlle’ Head Lice Machine which provides a single treatment that does not require follow up visits or rechecks. Clinical studies have shown that the  AirAlle’ device which uses only controlled heated air (no chemicals) provides a very safe, fast and highly effective way to kill all stages of head lice, lice eggs and SUPER LICE.

 

 

Fun Facts about lice…

Now we always hear we need to try to embrace what ever is going on in our lives-  especially the unwanted or stress causing situations that come up.  Embracing them is so we may look at the situation differently and realize that it may not be as bad or that it has come into our lives to teach us something.  That is all lovely and I do try to follow that line of thinking.  Except when it comes to lice.  We have had it our house and I know I was not interested in embracing the little crawlers – not one bit.  I wanted them out.  First we all have to remember they will not be with us forever.  We have enjoyed our lives lice free and we will be lice free again.  So the obvious first thing to do is call our clinic and make your appt to come in that day and get treated.  As you are driving to the clinic here are some “fun” facts about lice that you may not know:

The latin name for lice is Pediculus Humanus Capitus.-  sounds pretty fancy.

They are equal opportunists.  They do not discriminate.  They enjoy host heads of all ages, incomes and ethnic backgrounds.

Adult lice is about the size of a sesame seed.

They do not jump, hop, or fly.  Their preferred method of transportation is crawling.  Here is my favorite fact-  the average speed of a louse is 3.75 inches per minute.  That adds up to 450 feet per day.  These little annoyances can cover over the length of a foot ball field in one day !!!!

A lice out break will occur in over 80% of schools in the USA.

Over 350 million dollars will be spent this year on lice treatments.  If the over the counter treatment that is first used is not successful the first time it is highly unlikely that it will work the 2nd time.  That is why LCA Ft.Wayne needs to be your first and only treatment.

Lice infestations are signs of very social and friendly children.

The most common age is btwn 3-12 and usually the lice appear more often in girls then boys.

And last but not least lice will not “just go away”  they need to be treated.

 

Now I know that most will not be interested in lice fun facts.  I was just trying to embrace the subject 🙂

What do you clean and how do you clean your home after lice!!

Ok…. So after you have been to our clinic and have been treated for lice what are the steps you take at home?? Everyone talks about the dreaded cleaning. Yes its a drag but you just have to get it done. First thing to know is that lice can not live for more then 2 days with out a human host.  I love to host parties and events but to think of my head as a host for lice is really to much.  So here are the steps that are recommended for your home.

1. Gather up all your brushes combs, hair clips, headbands, hats, and ponytail holders.  Now if it is feasible I would throw it all away but a lot of times we don’t have the extra money to replace these things.  With that said all the haircare items need to be soaked in hot water for up to 2 hours.  Or you can stick them in a tied plastic bag and put them in the freezer for 2 hours.  Now I will say to make this easier the dollar store can be a great place to replace these items.

2.  Find the stuffed animals that your child uses most often and their pillows , pillows from the couch or chair if they lay on them often.  Put these things in the dryer for 30 mins at high heat.

3.  Gather up all the bedding, blankets and towels that your child uses and wash them in hot water and then dry on high in the dryer.

4. For items such as helmets and headsets they can be placed in a tightly sealed plastic bag and put in the freezer for up to 12 hours.  Also make sure you clean them off well.

5.  If your like me vacuuming always makes me feel better.  It really doesn’t have to be as bad as you think.  The key is to do this as soon as you know the lice have made their way into your lives.  Unfortunately these steps may need to be repeated if the infestation has gone  on for quite some time.

After all this cleaning and stressing then its time for a nice glass of wine or what ever your drink of choice is.  Just now the lice will go away!  You will not be dealing with it for what seems like forever!!  The bonus is your house will be really clean as well.

 

Even celebrities get head lice

If you get the call from school that your child has head lice it can make you feel like you as their parent u have obviously done something wrong.  Which is not the case at all!  You also may find it very difficult to even tell your closest friends that the little bugs have crawled ( yes lice crawl they do not fly or hop) their way into your home.  It is not a sign that you and your children are dirty ( when was the last time you had them take a bath??? Who can remember those details), that your home is dirty ( what exactly DOES the cleaning lady do when she is there) or that you are not a good parent. Even though those often are our first thoughts.

So I was googling lice topics and came across the funny video of Jennifer Garner on Jimmy Fallon discussing when the Affleck family had lice and she met George Clooney for the first time. She even talked about the hours of pain stakingly having the nits pulled out of everyones hair.  It would not have been so bad if they had used the AirAlle treatment! Other celebs have been lucky enough to have their head lice issues publicized as well.  Can you imagine??  Celeb moms such as Courtney Cox, Britney Spears ( some speculate that is why she shaved her head) , and the all mighty Madonna have dealt with head lice.  Now does it make us feel better knowing that they too have had it?? Yes for some reason it does.  But the fact is that they are human and have hair so they are at risk for getting lice.  Just like you and me !  Watch the video that we have linked to this post, it should give you a giggle.