Head lice can only be spread by head to head contact. Head lice do not live off the human head, so your child has come in close contact with someone else who had an infestation already.
You should let anyone your child has been in close contact with know - because it's the right thing to do! Many parents find it embarrassing to admit that your family is battling head lice but rest assured that head lice do not discriminate. Anyone, at any age, can get lice and the sooner the infestation is caught, the easier the treatment process.
You can certainly try - and many of our clients have tried both over the counter head lice removal remedies and prescription medications. Unfortunately, most over the counter (OTC) treatments are difficult to use with effectiveness and both OTC and prescriptions can be costly, especially when multiple treatments are necessary. Both OTC and prescription treatments contain compounds whose safety has been called into question. Additionally, in a study released by the University of Massachussetts in March 2016 proved that head lice have grown resistent to both OTC and prescription compounds because there has been no change in treatment in over 30 years.
There is no reason to go to great lengths to rid your house of lice. Lice do not live in houses - they live on human heads only! Use the 24 hour rule - clean or launder clothing or bed sheets that have been used or worn in the last 24 hours. If your child sleeps with a stuffed animal or has a favorite pillow - throw it in the dryer for 30 minutes. Hair brushes and accessories can be put in a zip lock bag and frozen over night or boiled. Head lice cannot live off of the human head so anything that might have had a louse on it will not still be alive in 24 hours.
No need to worry - your pets are completely safe. Pediculosis - human head lice - are just that....a human parasite. They do not like anything but the human head!
No, however Global Lice can provide you with the correct code so that you can submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement if the treatment is covered.
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