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LiceDoctors Explains Reasons for Head Lice Spike in the Cincinnati Area After Thanksgiving Holiday

Each year after families convene for the holidays, there is a surge in the incidence of lice in Cincinnati and this year is no different. Head Lice Expert, Wendy Beck, owner of LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service, answers frequently asked questions about head lice: what do lice look like, how to kill lice, and how to prevent lice. Beck has given a number of talks on the subject of head lice across the U.S. and has 18 years experience in the field.

Cincinnati, OH, December 10, 2013 --( Lice expert Wendy Beck says her company, LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service, has seen a lot of cases of head lice this year in Cincinnati. She reports that back to school time was very busy in Ohio in Cincinnati as well as Columbus and Cleveland and now there is another spike in the incidence of lice following the Thanksgiving holidays. Families in close contact affords lice the opportunity to move from head to head.

Beck cautions parents to be on the look out for head lice over the holiday season. Adults are about the size of a sesame seed, have 6 legs, are wingless and have a browinsh tinge. According to Beck, one of the reasons for the growing incidence of head lice in Cincinnati and other areas is that people use chemical head lice treatments, which do not work. According to Beck, "There is an increasing resistance among lice to the drug store lice shampoos and prescription chemical lice treatments. Today’s lice are so hearty/resistant as to be dubbed 'super lice' and often lice shampoo does not kill these lice. These chemical treatments do not kill nits as nits have an impenetrable shell. Nits must be physically removed from the hair." She adds, "we are often asked if chlorine will kill lice and the answer is no."

LiceDoctors uses a combination of olive oil and strand by strand hand picking to eradicate lice and nits. Beck reports, "Olive oil is the best home remedy to kill lice. It is a natural remedy and the best natural way to kill lice as it suffocates the lice. To remove the nits, though, someone has to comb out nits and then pull out the remaining nits from the hair. If 2 nits are left in the hair, the case starts over again. A professional like LiceDoctors comes to your home and gets rid of the lice and guarantees the work. Nits camouflage so you need to be trained to get all the nits out."

Head to head contact is by far the most common way to transfer lice. Lice can be transferred through objects like caps, helmets, and hair brushes, but this is less common. In addition, Beck explains that lice treatment of the house should not be the emphasis of any family's endeavor to eradicate lice. "At LiceDoctors we say, it's the head not the house. To kill lice in your home, you can leave them and they will die by the next day. People think that they have to vacuum and bag everything. That is overkill, because the bugs will be dead within a day off the head. It's all about the follow-up in the head not the lice treatment for the house." according to Beck.

To prevent lice, Beck recommends that parents check children’s hair weekly for lice. When possible use natural sunlight as it makes it easier to see lice. In addition, parents should put long hair in a bun or braid and cover with hair spray, gel, or mousse. LiceDoctors cautions that while there is no way to absolutely prevent a child from getting lice, this will make it less likely. In addition, when looking for symptoms of head lice, LiceDoctors cautions that not everyone who has lice is itchy.

LiceDoctors has a board certified medical director on staff, has treated over 25,000 families, and is located on 60 cities across the U.S. including Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus. LiceDoctors has the Better Business Bureau Seal of Approval and can be reached in Cincinnati at 531-301-2880.
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