Case Studies

LOTS OF LICE

This girl was brought in by a mom that had been trying to treat it herself for over one year.  This was one of the most severe infestations we have treated in our five years. She had over 30 live lice and over 800 eggs in her hair.

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LICE EGGS HAVE A PROTECTIVE SHELL THAT PRODUCT CANNOT PENETRATE

Lice eggs are the size of a grain of sand and have a protective shell that product cannot penetrate.   Even if outside product can kill an adult lice, it will not be able to kill the lice egg.  Lice eggs hatch within 5-7 days if not removed from the hair strand.

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LICE ARE RESISTANT TO OVER-THE-COUNTER PRODUCTS

Leading over-the-counter shampoos contain the harsh chemical permethin. Lice have mutated over the years and developed a resistance to this chemical. They will kill live lice about 40% of the time and have no effect on the eggs.   Even worse, the chemicals irritate the scalp and cause itching for days, weeks, or even months. Most people we treat go to the local drugstore thinking this will end their lice infestation only to find out they still have lice.  By the time we get the call, the average person has had lice for about 6 weeks!

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IF NOT ENDED, YOU CAN HAVE LICE FOR DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS AND EVEN YEARS. 6 YEARS WITH LICE IS THE RECORD SO FAR…..

15 year old high school student Veronica had lice since she was 9 years old-for a total of 6 years. Mom had tried everything to treat it herself-scope, olive oil, mayo, RID, NIX. The lice kept coming back.  Veronica was extremely severe when she arrived to our clinic. Two of our technicians worked on her and 2.5 hours she was lice free. She told us “You mean I am actually lice free! I thought I was going to have lice the rest of my life. Thank you!”

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SOME PRODUCTS JUST DON’T WORK AND MAKE IT WORSE!!

This girl was treated with Malathion prescribed by their pediatrician. Cost for the bottle was $200.  The directions say to soak the hair and let it dry for 8-10 hours. The little girl didn’t even make it one hour and she was begging her mom to take it out.   The chemical burn extended all the way up to the back of her scalp and she still had lots of lice eggs.

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A TRUE FAMILY AFFAIR

This is the Ramirez family. They came to us thinking that two of their girls had lice for sure. They had been trying to treat it themselves for 3 months with over the counter products. When they came in to get head screened we screened all family members and found active lice infestations in all 5 family members. This is very common since lice is spread through head-to-head contact so all immediate family members are at risk.  We assigned three technicians to them and they left us lice free in about 2 hours.
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YES, DAD’S GET LICE TOO! ALL LICE NEED IS A HAIR STRAND AND WARM SCALP TO SURVIVE!

Dad’s get lice about 20% of the time.  This is the shaved, #1 hair of a dad that we head screened for lice.  The dad had a severe infestation with over 50 viable eggs and 4 live lice.

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STARS, THEY ARE JUST LIKE US

Stars, they really are just like us! Lest anyone think that celebrities are immune to the daily ills that come with sending a child to school, Jennifer Garner sat down with Jimmy Fallon and warned the host about "getting the call" from school — you know, the call where they tell you everyone's OK, but you need to pick up your child immediately because she has lice. Not only did one of her kids get it, but the whole family had to be treated for the pesky little bugs.

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MASSACHUSETTS TODDLER DIES FROM HOME REMEDY TO TREAT HEAD LICE

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Massachusetts police are investigating the death of an 18-month old child who suffocated, apparently because of a home remedy for head lice involving mayonnaise and a plastic bag.A Springfield police department spokesman says officers responded to a city home last Saturday for reports of a child not breathing.

Sgt. John Delaney says the little girl's scalp was covered in mayonnaise and a plastic shopping bag was placed over her head, a common home remedy for head lice. The girl was left unattended and apparently fell asleep, allowing the bag to slip down over her face, suffocating her.

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ONE OF THE WORSE CASES OF HEAD LICE, EVER

This stomach-churning photo captures what could be the most extreme case of head lice ever seen, as hundreds of nasty creepy crawlies are brushed from a poor child's head.   It was a real struggle to drag a nit comb through this girls thick, dark hair.   When the nit comb is pulled free, it is covered in hundreds of live, pale green lice.

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