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Parents in New York City Are Wary of Head Lice as Children Prepare for Opening Day of School

According to Wendy Beck, owner of LiceDoctors Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service, each year at the end of camp and the beginning of school, there is a significant surge in the incidence of head lice. September is Lice Awareness month and the one of the busiest months for head lice infestations.

New York, NY, September 03, 2014 --( On the eve of day one of New York City schools, parents know the drill. Children in close contact with each other are prone to head lice infestations and school is a primary breeding ground for this phenomenon. As schools all over New York City open their door to students, some will be bringing with them those unwanted bugs and their plentiful eggs, called nits. LiceDoctors Head Lice Removal Service advises parents to be on the look out for head lice. The months of September and October are peak months for the incidence of head lice.

According to Wendy Beck, owner of LiceDoctors, every year with the end of camp and the beginning of school, there are significant outbreaks of head lice. "This year we are seeing an increase in the incidence of head lice among school age children in New York City including Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx," reports Ms. Beck, who has been treating families with head lice for 19 years and is a leading expert and nationally known speaker on the subject of lice.

Ms. Beck attributes the increase largely to a growing resistance to the chemical treatments. "Everyday our in-home lice treatment service is called to remove nits and live bugs from children whose parents have tried to treat them and failed with the chemical shampoos. Often the parents think that their children are then lice and nit-free, but if eggs remain in the hair, even one or two, he case is still active." In addition, school nurses in many schools check students' heads for head lice when they return to school, often detecting cases that have been developing over the summer. Not everyone has symptoms with head lice; some people do not feel itchy.

The best way to screen your child for head lice is to take him or her outside in the bright light. While lice scoot from the light and are difficult to find, the nits (eggs) attach to the hair shaft and have a translucent shell which reflects light in the sun. The only way to end a case of head lice is to pull out every nit or the case will perpetuate.

LiceDoctos Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service can be contacted in Manhattan at 646-381-2657 and in the boroughs at 718-559-6983 or online at LiceDoctors offers the ultimate in convenience and privacy by making house calls day or night, 365 days a year.
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