Lice Clinics of America – College Station and Tomball Supports Moms for Mother’s Day

“We want moms to know we’re here for them on Mother’s Day and all year,” said Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America – College Station and Tomball. “We know how much stress and pressure moms face under normal circumstances, and when head lice enter the picture, it can feel like fuel to the ‘fire.’”

 

Indeed, many Lice Clinics of America treatment centers were launched by moms after dealing with head lice in their own families. It’s no wonder the clinics are champions of moms everywhere. “Experiencing head lice can be an exercise in futility for moms because there’s so much misinformation and confusion about how to treat infestations, what works, and what doesn’t work,” Watt said. “Most of us have experienced it in our own lives and we see it every day in our clinic.”

 

“We want to educate and support moms with the facts about head lice,” Watt said. “The two most important facts moms need to know is that head lice have nothing to do with hygiene, and that most head lice are now immune to the pesticides used in the most popular lice products.”

 

“The stigma that head lice are caused by dirty homes or hair keeps people from seeking treatment which then results in worsening and persistent infestations,” Watt said. “And when moms try to treat head lice on their own, they often fail with products that no longer work and grow even more stressed and frustrated.”

 

Watt’s first and foremost message to moms whose children have head lice is this: You didn’t do anything wrong. “Most moms are embarrassed that their children have head lice, and that feeling can prevent them from seeking treatment, which just makes things worse,” Watt said. “We tell them the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that ‘personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.’”

 

The second fact about lice treatment is that most popular head lice products rely on pesticides, but most lice are now immune to those pesticides. A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2016 found that 98 percent of head lice in the United States and other countries have developed a genetic resistance to pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used by popular lice products. Pyrethroids have also been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children.

 

The College Station and Tomball clinics are the area’s exclusive provider of lice treatment using the revolutionary AirAllé® medical device. It’s an FDA-cleared, Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using microprocessor-controlled heated air to dehydrate the bugs and eggs. Most treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.

 

“Our most important message to moms is that a pesticide-free cure is just an hour away,” Watt said. “The joy and relief moms express when they leave our clinic lice-free makes every day feel like Mother’s Day.”

The College Station and Tomball clinics also offers pesticide-free, guaranteed home lice treatment and prevention products.

With 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. The AirAllé medical device has treated more than 500,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.

 

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call (855) 464-8688 for College Station or (832) 648-1619 for Tomball.

Lice Clinics of America® – College Station and Tomball Honors Teachers and School Nurses in May with Free Screenings

During National Nurse Appreciation week (May 6-10) and National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 7), Lice Clinics of America® – College Station and Tomball is calling attention to the important role school nurses and teachers play in the community’s health by offering postcards that serve as certificates for free screenings for head lice and educational information to distribute to parents.

 

“We partner with school nurses and teachers throughout the College Station and Tomball areas all year round,” said Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America, College Station and Tomball. “They are often the ‘messengers’ that alert parents and children to the presence of head lice, which can be stressful and uncomfortable, and we want to help make that message less scary.”

 

Professional screenings are one of the best ways to prevent the spread of head lice. Misdiagnosis of head lice is common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and screening can give parents much-needed relief if no lice are present. If head lice are found, early detection can make treatment faster and easier.

 

“Screenings usually cost $25,” Watt said, “but we are giving teachers and nurses certificates for free screenings this week.” The certificates include a description of the symptoms of head lice­­.

 

“We also want to help teachers and school nurses by educating the community about head lice,” Watt said. “The stigma that head lice are the result of poor hygiene makes parents think that they have done something wrong when a child has head lice and often keeps them from seeking treatment, which just makes things worse.”

 

“The CDC says, ‘Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice,’” Watt said.

 

The good news for parents is that if lice are found at the College Station and Tomball clinics or at home, a cure is just an hour away. The clinic is the area’s exclusive provider of lice treatment using the revolutionary AirAllé® medical device. It’s an FDA-cleared, Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using microprocessor-controlled heated air to dehydrate the bugs and eggs. Most treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.

Head lice have become more difficult to treat in recent years as lice have developed a resistance to the pesticides used by the most popular over-the-counter lice products. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of head lice in most states are now immune to the pesticides—called pyrethroids—that the products use. Pyrethroids have also been linked to behavioral and developmental problems in children.

“Most of the people that come to our clinic have already tried and failed to get rid of lice with pesticide-based products,” Watt said. “Many have been struggling with head lice for months, and they’re so relieved to know we have a fast, safe, guaranteed solution.”

The College Station and Tomball clinics also offers pesticide-free, guaranteed home lice-treatment and prevention products.

With 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. The AirAllé medical device has treated more than 500,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.

 

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call (855) 464-8688 for College Station or (832) 648-1619 for Tomball.

Siblings and Head Lice: Tips from Lice Clinics of America – Tomball and College Station

April 10 is National Siblings Day, and Sonia Watt, owner of two Lice Clinics of America clinics in Tomball and College Station is using the day to call attention to the fact that siblings are often the channel used by head lice to spread.

“The closer in age siblings are, the more likely it is for them to spread lice to one another,” Watt said. “That’s because they are likely to spend more time together and share rooms, hair accessories, and clothing that might carry hair with lice.”

According to a study of Norwegian school children, an infested sibling increases the odds of a child contracting head lice by 36 percent. In some school districts, if a student is found to have head lice, any siblings at the school are also checked.

Lice spread primarily through head-to-head contact. When siblings share a bed or bedroom, and one has head lice, others are likely to get lice, too. Lice don’t fly or jump, but if a louse is on a shaft of hair that falls on a jacket or hat or hair brush, it will crawl onto the next head it can find in a matter of seconds.

“Lice can’t live anywhere but on a human head,” Watt said. “It is a matter of survival to get on the nearest head.”

For parents that do find head lice on one or more of their children, the Tomball and College Station clinics have a safe, fast, and guaranteed cure with the AirAllé® medical device. AirAllé is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using heated air to dehydrate the bugs and eggs. Treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.

The guarantee has one stipulation that speaks to the common occurrence of head lice among children.

“We guarantee the AirAllé treatment only when all members of the household are checked for head lice,” Watt said. “We can’t guarantee you will remain lice-free if we send you back to a home with an active infestation, and the only way we can know if the household is clear is if all the residents are checked for lice.” The screenings are free for family members of someone receiving treatment at the clinic.

Head lice have become more difficult to treat in recent years as so-called “super lice” have become the norm. These lice have developed a resistance to the chemical pesticides used in the most popular lice products. Research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2016 found that 98 percent of lice in the United States are now immune to the pesticides that the products use.

“AirAllé kills super lice just like any other lice because it doesn’t rely on pesticides or any chemicals at all,” Watt said. “We also carry a complete line of nontoxic lice prevention products to keep head lice out of your hair for good.”

With 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. AirAllé has treated more than 500,000 cases of head lice around the world, with a success rate better than 99 percent.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call (855) 464-8688 for College Station or (832) 648-1619 for Tomball.

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Treating Lice With Coconut Oil

Over-the-counter treatments are no good and our AirAllé® treatment is the best lice treatment on the market. Coconut oil is somewhere in between. When combined with anise spray, it works about 41% of the time, according to a clinical study. OTC treatments are successful about 23 percent of the time. Our AirAllé treatment is successful 99.9 percent of the time and we’ll re-treat you for free within 30 days if there are any problems.

Many studies have proved that super lice have led to a decline in the effectiveness of store-bought lice treatments, especially in the last few years. Over time, head lice have built up an immunity to chemicals that used to easily kill lice. They can stay alive while drenched in chemicals for a long period of time. This makes lice treatment more frustrating than in past years.

Coconut Oil Compared To Other Home Remedies

Coconut oil works in a similar way to mayonnaise or tea tree oil but is safer. Coconut oil must be combined with anise oil in order to be successful at all, which makes it more effective than other home remedies. Mayonnaise and tea tree oil can be harmful. Coconut oil is actually good for you and provides many beneficial nutrients. It’s good for your hair, skin and scalp.

Coconut oil mixed with anise oil may be much more effective than OTC lice treatments such and Rid or Nix, but it is still not comparable to our AirAllé lice treatment. Theirs is no replacement for that.

Coconut oil may seem like the less expensive option, but if it doesn’t wind up working, you’re going to have to come to us anyways, which is often the case for the patients we treat. Don’t waste your time using something that MIGHT work. Instead, come into our clinic for a treatment that DOES work, performed by some experts.

Tomball

New Location In Tomball, Texas

Tomball In A Nutshell

Are you a native of Tomball? Tomball is a city in Harris County in the state of Texas and is part of the Houston metropolitan area. With an estimated population of 10,753, Tomball is a suburb of Houston and it’s a wonderful small town to raise a family. Many families reside in the Tomball area. If you are a parent of young children, you may have to deal with head lice in the near future. That’s where we come in. We are experts of head lice and we now offer safe and effective lice treatment at our new clinic in Tomball, Texas to make it even more convenient for our wonderful Tomball neighbors. Our original location is in College Station and we continue to operate both locations.

Our AirAllé® Lice Treatment

We hope there is not a head lice outbreak at your child’s school anytime soon but if there is, there’s a big chance your son or daughter will come home with lice so it’s important to be prepared. We encourage parents to know a little bit about head lice, such as how it spreads and how to treat it. We offer treatments using our revolutionary and guaranteed lice treatment with our Airalle device. It was invented at the University of Utah and uses controlled, heated air in a pattern to dehydrate head lice and eggs, even when you can’t see them. It will work no matter how resistant lice become to chemicals and pesticides because we don’t use any! That means it’s not only effective but also safe! Don’t use drugstore lice shampoos because they simply don’t work. Parents love our treatment because it’s one and done with no follow-up appointments necessary. It’s safe, fast and effective. Give us a call today for a head check and possible treatment!

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Super Lice: Not So Super

Super Lice

No matter what, head lice are a nuisance and they always have been. We’re lucky we live in a day with so much technology and so many resources. We don’t have to carve lice combs out of stones like people in ancient times but now parents have to deal with an even stronger and trickier strain of head lice. They act and look the same but are resistant to treatments that used to easily kill them.

Super lice are now in 48 states in the U.S, according to head lice research from the last few years. This has brought the efficacy rate of over-the-counter treatments from 96 percent to 28 percent. Parents are realizing more and more just how valuable our AirAllé treatment is because it’s a one and done, safe and effective treatment, which isn’t easy to come by these days. It’s worth the price and makes lice treatment easier than ever for you. If your family is affected by lice in the future, we know we can be the best resource and treatment in town for you.

Super Lice

Super lice got their name from the media in 2015 when public research showed that strains of head lice had developed a resistance to pesticides and chemicals that are in drugstore head lice treatments. Lice have mutated and evolved over the years to become stronger and resistant. Scientists found that lice have become resistant to many medical lice treatments as well. Doctors often recommend Lice Clinics of America because of our success rate. The bad news is any lice treatment you buy at the store or home remedy you find in your kitchen probably will not work. The good news is, our treatment will work no matter what. It works for regular lice, super lice and whatever the future hold for lice. It uses warm, controlled air to dehydrate lice and their eggs.

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Head Lice Or Dandruff?

It’s actually quite common to mistake head lice for dandruff or vice versa. They look similar and the average person probably hasn’t seen lice before. There are some distinct differences and once you know them, you’ll be bale to tell the difference.

Location Of Head Lice Eggs

Let’s start with the location of nits (lice eggs). Lice lay eggs about a quarter on an inch from the scalp because they need the warmth of the body to incubate and survive. They also need to be close to the scalp to get their blood supply (That’s their breakfast, lunch and dinner). They survive by sucking blood from your head (yuck). So an egg found at that area would be a definite clue that there’s a lice infestation. If it’s farther away from the scalp, it might be a dead egg or empty nit, or possibly dandruff.

Dandruff can shake right out of your hair but lice eggs don’t budge. Lice eggs secrete a glue-like substance and they will not move if you shake your hair or run your fingers through your hair. Nits (lice eggs) must be individually pulled off with your nails or a lice comb.

What Is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a common form of skin eczema, also called Seborrheic dermatitis. Dandruff can be caused by too much oil on the scalp, which dries and turns into flakes. It is only considered dandruff if it’s on the human scalp. It usually appears as large white yellow flakes. Dandruff might be associated with an irritated head.

Neither dandruff nor head lice present any serious health risks. Lice don’t spread disease, and dandruff can be easily treated with medicated shampoo.

If you discover that it is head lice, give us a call for a lice treatment appointment. If you’re not sure, we can give you a head check!

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We Treat Head Lice! What Are The Other Types Of Lice?

Head Lice

Head lice are quite common among young children and at our clinic, we offer the best possible treatment for them. Our treatment is fast, 100% safe and effective. Getting head lice means either coming in direct contact with someone who has head lice or using someone’s comb, brush or hair accessory. Parents often panic when their child gets lice but a little bit if education about it can make all the difference when faced with it. Direct head-to-head contact is the most common way to get head lice from someone. The formal name for them is Pediculus humanus capitas, but most people just relate to it as head lice. Personal hygiene or cleanliness has nothing to do with contracting head lice. They feed on human blood several times a day from the scalp and they live in the hair, very close to the scalp. They aren’t harmful and don’t carry diseases. However, they are a huge nuisance and you’ll want to get them treated as soon as possible. Head lice are the most common type of lice and the one your child might come home from school with. You’ve gotta watch out for head lice if you have elementary-aged children. But, what are the other types of lice?

Body Lice

Unlike head lice, body lice can spread disease (yikes!) Their formal name is Pediculus humanus corporis. They reside on the body and are actually more common among people who have bad hygiene and don’t wash and change their clothes on a regular basis. They might come about during camp when a person roughs it for a few weeks and doesn’t take showers. These type of lice are directly related to uncleanliness. This type is not as common but it can definitely happen to someone who doesn’t take care of themselves. They are spread through person-to-person contact. These type of lice can be dangerous and cause more problems.

Improved hygiene and access to regular changes of clean clothes is the only treatment needed for body lice infestations. This one can be controlled and taken care of so, please, for the sake of yucky body lice, stay clean!

Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, or Pthirus Pubis, are found attached to hair in the pubic area, but can occasionally be found on coarse hair on other parts of the body such as eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, mustaches, chest or armpits.
Pubic lice infestations are usually spread through sexual contact. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of pubic lice infestations.
Although we only treat head lice, we wanted you to be a tad familiar with the other types of lice as well. Every type of lice can be treated but we treat head lice only. We are experts and keep up with the research and news on lice. We treat regular head lice as well as super lice, which is on the rise in America. Our treatments work effectively no matter what. We hope you never have to deal with any types of lice but if you have head lice in your future, give us a call to make an appointment. We’ll give head checks to your family and talk about the best treatment option for you. We are your neighbor in lice treatment and we’ll make the process easy and fun.

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Fun And Easy Fourth of July Activities For Kids

A very fun holiday is on Tuesday of next week: Independence Day! Or more commonly known, the Fourth of July! What are your plans? Are you trying to figure out what you can do to entertain your children and make the Fourth of July fun for them? We turned to Pinterest to find 7 different crafts you can do with your kids on Independence Day.

  1. Painting Fork Fireworks

Make some fun Fireworks with your kids by using a fork to make some awesome looking fireworks with paint on paper. This is a fun activity for your kids who love to use paint. They can carry it around with them on fourth of July and then you can hang it on your fridge to show it off. http://athriftymom.com/fireworks-painted-with-a-fork-quick-and-easy-craft-project-for-kids-july4th-usa/.

  1. Making Lady Liberty Hats

Here is a fun and unique patriotic craft. Check out this great Lady Liberty Hat, it’s super fun to make and wear for your little ones! It’s super simple and easy to make and your kids will feel cool wearing it. This can be their patriotic Fourth of July attire and they’ll get better at making it each year.

  1. Patriotic Word Search

Here is a fun Fourth of July-themed word search to give your kids while you are busy doing other things to get ready for Fourth of July festivities. Hopefully, it will keep them busy for a bit and give you some time to get your stuff done. Word searches are great for kids’ critical thinking and can get them familiar with different words.

  1. Fourth Of July Wands

If your kids are a little nervous about being close to the real fireworks, this is a great way for them to feel involved and hold up their crafted firework. It’s simple and a great activity for kids to do every fourth of July.

  1. Balloon Fireworks

Balloon fireworks are pretty and fun. It’s an indoor activity and kids will love it. All you really need is balloons, confetti, a funnel and some sharpened pencils. Anything with balloons is fun, right?

  1. Patriotic Wreath

Another fun activity is this fun, Fourth of July wreath. This would be fun to make during the end of June and hang it up on your door before, during and a bit after the fourth of July. It’s a fun and festive decoration.

  1. Fireworks In A Jar

Here is a fun activity that involves science to create fireworks in a jar. This is a fun one for those who love experiments and mixing things together. This is a cool activity for this year’s Independence Day celebrations.

Gotta love Pinterest, right? We hope you like one of these activities and are able to have a wonderful Fourth of July with family and friends. If any of your kids happen to contract head lice, give us a call. We recommend doing a quick head check at the end of the day if your kids were around other kids. Kids make direct contact with other kids more than we realize. Happy Fourth of July to all!

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Head Lice Treatment At Summer Camp

Most kids look forward to summer because instead of going to school, it means going to pool parties, water parks and… SUMMER CAMP!! Children often leave summer camp with the fondest of memories. We sincerely hope that memories and friends are all they leave with but unfortunately, they might also leave with head lice if there aren’t some procedures in place to try and prevent an outbreak.

We Can Come To Summer Camp

One of the services that we can offer is lice treatment at your child’s summer camp. If we go to summer camp on the first day and check every head and the treat every head that has an infestation, we can prevent an outbreak before lice have the opportunity to ruin your child’s summer camp experience. Talk to us if you’re interested in coordinating this with a summer camp. It would be a great and affordable way to prevent a huge head lice outbreak. Head lice infestations at summer camp are about as common as the common cold. We are willing to work with camps to treat the children!

Be Informed And Prepared

One of the best things parents can do when it comes to head lice is to be prepared and informed on policies and procedures about head lice. Believe us when we say that sending your child to camp with a head lice shampoo to use if they get lice will not work. Drugstore lice treatments don’t work anymore now that we’ve got super lice to deal with. Do the onsite nurses or medical professionals know how to identify lice and handle lice outbreaks? Camp staffers are just as susceptible to lice as the kids, so chances are good they will be on the lookout for it. Make sure you understand how the staff is trained to deal with infestations, especially if there is an on-site treatment approach or no-nit, call-for-pickup policy. It’s important that your child is not exposed to harmful chemicals for “preventive” treatment due to inexperienced care providers.

Inform Your Child About Head Lice

We always recommend educating your children about head lice because we don’t want them to be terrified if they get an infestation. We believe that educating children about head lice is just as important as lathering kids up with sunscreen before spending a day in the sun or spraying bug spray before a camp trip. A quick identification lesson and a gentle reminder not to have hair-to-hair contact, share bunks or trade hair brushes should do the trick.

We sure hope your little one doesn’t get lice but if they do, it will make everything easier if you are prepared.