LiceDoctors Sees Increase in Incidence of Head Lice in Nassau County Over the Holiday Season
LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service reports a gain in the number of calls it is receiving for head lice treatment in Nassau County, LI following the Thanksgiving holiday season. Family togetherness combined with increased resistance of lice to chemical medications contribute to this trend.
According to Karen Sokoloff of LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service, "We are seeing a jump in the number of cases. Each year, from the end of November through the Christmas holidays, we see a gain in the incidence of head lice. This year, we are seeing an unusually steep climb in the number of cases as the lice are developing greater resistance to the chemical treatments." Sokoloff says that calls are coming in from all over Long Island, as well as Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan.
While it is impossible to sequester children, there are some strategies that parents can employ to discourage lice transmission. Children with long hair should wear their hair up in a bun or in a braid to make the hair less accessible to lice. In addition, gel or mousse in the hair makes it harder for the bugs to attach to the hair. If parents discover lice and nits, every nit must be removed from the hair.
Sokoloff explains that the benefits of a professional lice treatment service are "We come to you and we know how to identify lice and nits. Both lice and nits camouflage and can be difficult for the untrained eye to detect. In addition, families often waste time and money on chemical treatments that don't work. Lice have mutated and are very resistant to chemical lice medications. Chemical lice shampoos often do not kill these bugs which are called 'super lice'. Also, we urge parents not to waste time and money on lice treatments for the home. Lice only live off the head for a day so it's lice on the head that need to be treated."
According to Sokoloff, LiceDoctors sees education as a very important aspect of what they do. "We educate families about how to identify lice, how to prevent lice infestations, how lice are transmitted, how to comb nits from the hair, and generally how to kill lice and nits. This way, they will be armed should they ever face head lice in the future."
LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service can be reached in Nassau County at 516-324-2800 and in Suffolk County at 631-306-4390. LiceDoctors is available in 60 cities or counties around the US as well as several in New York City. LiceDoctors can be found on line at www.licedoctors.com.