New York, NY, June 02, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- You are not imagining it; the incidence of head lice is growing, according to Wendy Beck and Karen Sokoloff of LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Services, the largest lice removal service in the United States. Now that summer has unofficially launched, parents can expect to see an even greater incidence of head lice in 2016.
The primary reason for this continuing rise in the incidence of head is the rise of "super lice" or lice that are resistant to traditional chemical treatments. According to Sokoloff, "LiceDoctors has treated over 250,000 clients, many of whom have used the chemical treatments with no success. The bugs simply do not respond to the treatment as they have mutated and are now resistant or immune." In addition, Sokoloff states that recent studies have shown that there are resistant lice in at least 30 states. "In 2015 a major study by researchers at Southern Illinois University found that resistant lice are prevalent in many states across the country."
Beck added that, "In addition, schools are relaxing their policies regarding allowing students to remain or return to school with nits (eggs) and in some cases, live bugs, in their hair. Combine this with the resistant lice, and you have plenty of opportunity for lice to spread."
Summer has always been peak lice season as children play together informally allowing for more head to head contact, which is the primary way that lice are transmitted. "The number of phone calls that we get climbs quickly starting June 1 and increases through September," according to Beck.
What can a parent do? Sokoloff suggests that parents coat their child's hair with spray or mousse to put a protective layer on the hair as "this makes it harder for the lice to adhere to the hair." In addition, she recommends that parents check their children regularly for nits (eggs) by placing them in bright light near a window or outside. According to Sokoloff, "You are looking for translucent eggs that are stuck to the hair. Lice are very common-place today and it helps to catch a case early on, although every case is treatable."
LiceDoctors offers service in 44 states across the U.S. A lice professional will come to your home at your convenience and eradicate the lice in everyone in the family. Beck advises, "Head lice are not dangerous, they are just a nuisance. They are so common today that it is hard to avoid picking up a case from friends. Be on the look-out and if you need help a professional can jump in. LiceDoctors can be reached at 800-224-2537 or at www.licedoctors.com."