Head Lice in Ancient Times

There was once a time in history when head lice were ambiguous and shameful. Those who contracted head lice were deemed unhygienic and of the lower class. Kids teased their classmates and said they had cooties, without even knowing what a cootie is. Yes, that is where the term “cootie” came from because a cootie is a body louse. In this day and age, tables have turned. We now know that it doesn’t matter if your hair is dirty or clean. In fact, some research shows that head lice actually prefer a clean head of hair. Believe it or not, head lice go way back in history, to ancient times! Aren’t you grateful for the technology we have today to treat lice?

3,100-332 BC, Egypt

Head lice have been causing itching heads since ancient Egyptian times. Imagine living in a time with very little technology. We are lucky that we have the means to get rid of lice today. Many ancient Egyptians had head lice till the day they died — and that is actually how archaeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian lice remedies — through their mummified corpses.

Ancient Egyptian Lice Remedies

  • Digesting a portion of date meal and water, served warm and then spat out
  • Shaving the entire body so the lice had nowhere to live

There must have been a lot of bald individuals in ancient Egypt!

Ancient Egyptian symbols

8,000 BC, Brazil

According to archaeologists, the world’s oldest known head lice- actual nits discovered on a human head- were found at an archeological dig in northeast Brazil. They estimated that the specimen was at least 10,000 years old. Crazy huh? Head lice have been around for a long time. Lice have also been discovered in Israel dating back 2000 years. They were taken from hair combs.

Middle Ages Onwards

In the middle ages, humans couldn’t get away from lice. They were an unavoidable part of their life and lice didn’t discriminate; they infected all parts of society from serfs to royals. People in the Middle Ages took lice to their grave as well. They lived a life of itch, itch, itch!

1025, Peru:

In 2008, two 1,000-year-old Peruvian mummies were discovered with an abundance of head lice. One of the specimens had 407 lice on its head and the other had 545. Could you imagine? We sincerely hope you never have that many head lice crawling around your head but if you do, we can certainly get rid of it for you!

19th Century, U.S

If you happened to visit the U.S Wisconsin Historical Museum, you will be able to see a bone lice comb found in Fort Crawford, dating back to frontier days. These days, we have modern lice combs that are necessary for removing the lice eggs. Isn’t it crazy that we’ve been using the same method since the 19th century? The only difference is that it’s advanced immensely. It would be cool to see what the bone lice comb looks like. It probably has a slightly different style than the one we use today.

20th Century

1939-1945 Europe

Yepp, you guessed it — there were plenty of head lice infestations in the traumatizing trenches of WWII. Besides that, WWII was actually a rare time in history when head lice weren’t a big problem. “This was due to the common use of a potent pesticide designed principally to wipe out malaria-causing mosquitos but which had the added benefit of helping keeping head lice at bay.” This pesticide was extremely toxic, so it was not a long-term solution to head lice. Somehow the lice came back for future generations.


Homemade treatments have been popular since the 60’s as the spread of head lice has increased every year. These home remedies worked really well until the last few years. The reason for a decrease in home remedy success is that now, almost every state is infested with super lice and they are resistant to many pesticides and chemicals that were invented to kill head lice. In the 60s people often used harmful remedies such as gasoline on their child’s head. We definitely don’t recommend that!

21st Century

Head lice treatment has shifted from dangerous consumption of things to bone combs, to kitchen remedies, to medical treatments. In this day and age, the most advanced and effective treatment on the market is the AirAllé device that we use to treat head lice every day in our clinic. It uses controlled heated air to dehydrate head lice and their eggs.

With our advanced technology, you no longer have to take head lice to your grave.



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The History Of George Washington

This coming Monday, February 20, is Presidents’ Day. As a tribute to our very first president of the United States, we’d like to delve into the history of George Washington. Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. This holiday was originally established in 1885 in recognition of our first U.S. President — George Washington. In fact, this day is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government, according to

George Washington Pre-Presidency

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, on his father’s plantation in Virginia.  He was the commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and gentleman planter. Washington played a big role in the French and Indian war and then in June of 1775, Congress commissioned Washington to take command of the Continental Army besieging the British in Boston. The command kept him away from his family in Mount Vernon for more than 8 years. George Washington felt unprepared for what was ahead with this command. During this time, Washington’s troops crossed the Delaware and attacked garrison at Renton, forcing it to surrender. Washington again crossed the Delaware a few days later, outmaneuvered the force sent to crush him, and fell on the enemy at Princeton, inflicting a humiliating loss on the British. Washington made bold plans for the Battle of Yorktown, which was on an even larger scale than Trenton and Princeton. Washington marched south to lay siege on Cornwallis. October of 1781 is when he accepted the surrender of Cornwallis’s army. Two years later, the peace treaty was completed and the victory at Yorktown effectively ended the Revolutionary War. Washington’s victory over the British went down as one of the most historic victories in U.S. history.

The Constitutional Convention

Although Washington resigned his commission from the revolutionary war on December 23, 1783, essentially making him an international hero for giving up power when he could have been crowned a king, the affairs of the nation continued to command his attention. “He watched with mounting dismay at the weak union created by the Articles of Confederation gradually disintegrated, unable to collect revenue or pay its debts. He was appalled by the excesses of the state legislatures and frustrated by the diplomatic, financial, and military impotence of the Confederation Congress.” By 1785, Washington had concluded that reform was necessary for the goodwill of the nation. He told James Madison that an energetic constitution was needed.

Washington played a big role in ratifying the Constitution. This was one of his biggest struggles but he never gave up. Even in Washington’s home state of Virginia, the Constitution was ratified by a majority of only one vote.

Once the ratified Constitution was approved, Washington hoped to retire from his political involvement and return to private life. His wishes were not granted when he was unanimously selected to be President from every elector. To this day, he is the only U.S President to be selected by a unanimous vote of the people.

George Washington’s Presidency

George Washington served as our first American President for two terms. His first term, which was from 1789-1793 consisted mostly of organizing the executive branch of the new government and establishing administrative procedures that would bring energy and efficiency to the republic’s future.

Washington appointed his former aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, as Secretary of the Treasury; Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State; and his former chief, Henry Knox, as secretary of war. James Madison was one of his principal advisors. All of these men played a significant role in our political and U.S. history.

George Washington went down as one of the most able administrators ever to serve as president as well as the most humble and fair president of the U.S. Those who knew him labeled him as a man of integrity and honor. He conveyed to his people that the President “could exercise extensive executive authority without corruption.” Thomas Jefferson wrote that Washington’s integrity was the most pure and his justice the most inflexible. “No motive of interest or consanguinity, friendship, or hatred, being able to bias his decision,” Jefferson wrote.

Washington contributed heavily to the debt crisis during his term as president, concluded peace treaties with Southeastern Indian tribes, and designated a site on the Potomac River for the permanent capital of the United States. As his first term ended, a bloody Indian war continued on the northwestern frontier. Washington planned to step down after his first term but his cabinet members convinced him otherwise. He then served for a second term.

Washington’s Second Term (1793-1797)

His second term was dominated by foreign affairs and complications rose by a deepening partisanship in his own administration. Washington was President during the French Revolution, a time of international crisis and turmoil. The outbreak of the genial European war in 1793 forced the crisis to the center of American politics. Washington believed that national interest of the U.S. dictated neutrality.

One of Washington’s most important accomplishments was keeping the U.S. out of the war, giving the new nation an opportunity to grow in strength while establishing the principle of neutrality that shaped American foreign policy for more than a century. Although Washington’s department heads agreed that the United States should remain neutral, disagreements over foreign policy aggravated partisan tensions among them. The disagreements were part of the deepening division between Federalists and Republicans.

The opposition to federal policies developed resistance to the law in 1794 as distillers in Western Pennsylvania rioted and refused to pay taxes. Washington directed the army to restore order, a step applauded by Federalists and condemned by Republicans.

Washington achieved a lot during his presidency and was well-respected by the people. Like any presidency, some events were easier to get through than others but he had a vast amount of important achievements. The long Indian war on the northwest frontier was won, Britain surrendered its forts in the northwest, and Spain opened the Mississippi to American commerce. These achievements opened the West to settlement. Washington’s Farewell address helped to summarize many of Washington’s strongest beliefs about what it would take to sustain and grow the young nation that he helped found.

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Guys gathered to watch the Super Bowl and cheer on their team

Super Bowl Vs. Super Lice

Chips, football and Six Pack of Beer on a table in front of a big screen TV with a Football field. Great for Super Bowl themed projects. Horizontal format.

It’s that wonderful time of year again when families get together, eat lots of good food, and watch America’s favorite past time — football.

The Super Bowl is a chance to root for your favorite team and create fun and friendly family rivalries.

It’s a great way to celebrate the end of January and look forward to the Valentine’s month of February.

But something else that enjoys the Super Bowl and people getting close together on couches, in fields, and in houses are super lice.

We all want to take down the other team and in the case of head lice, this can be a difficult task.

How The Team Gets Together

Most of the time head lice are spread by direct head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice.

When you gather around your huddle deciding the best play, you better hope that your teammate, a.k.a. your younger brother or sister doesn’t have some smaller and nastier teammates spreading onto your head.

Lice don’t jump, swim, or fly, so the only way they can play the game on your head is if one of your teammates gets too close or if you wear their helmet, jacket or another item of clothing.

The Defensive Strategy

The best thing to do when you find lice in your hair is to get rid of it for good.

First, you have to recognize the opposing team when you see it, and although lice are small, they can be pretty easy to recognize.

Most lice are grayish or tan in color, and sometimes if you look closely, you can see blood in them. If you see anything that looks like a bug crawling through your child’s hair, it’s time to put on your pads and take action.

Lice Clinics of America, College Station, has the best defensive players around, with our FDA-cleared AirAllé device that can tackle any head louse for good.

The AirAllé device dehydrates head lice and 99.2 percent of their eggs in the hair of adults and children 4 years old and up. We then finish the game with a comb out and topical rinse to take down any remaining players.

Our AirAllé device is the Tom Brady of head lice treatments and will guarantee your head to be lice-free.

AirAllé treatments are done in our clinic in under 90 minutes. We also have other options to accommodate those who would prefer to get rid of head lice from home.

Winning The Game

There is nothing quite like the feeling of victory after your team has fought long and hard to win.

At Lice Clinics of America, College Station, we want you to have a complete victory over super lice and all their friends. That’s why we provide services to make that possible.

Score the winning touchdown for yourself and your family by visiting our clinic when you are facing the itchy opponent.

With Lice Clinics of America, College Station in your neighborhood, you can make sure the only focus of this year’s Super Bowl is that the losers have to wash dirty dishes after the game.