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Head Lice in African American Hair?

There are so many myths and old wives' tales associated with head lice. Many we hear frequently - sometimes several times a day: Head lice jump. Head lice fly. Head lice do not like dirty hair. Head lice can live off the head for two weeks. Head lice nits can hatch after an extended time off the human head. Head lice are killed by chlorine in a pool. Head lice are the signs of a … [Read more...]

Teachers with head lice

Today, we performed school level head checks at a prestigious preschool in Buckhead.   Head lice was detected on a beloved pre-K teacher.  She has college and high-school aged children herself but had never experienced head lice to date. She works with children that are 4 and 5 years old.  She is on the floor with them, they hug her and are very close to her much of the day.  You can bet that … [Read more...]

Is it just an itchy scalp?

We had a beautiful middle school girl in for treatment today.  She had long, thick hair down to her "bottom" and had been referred to us by an astute school nurse. Tammy (name has been changed) explained that she'd been itching for several weeks but thought that it was a change in shampoo.  By the time she came to us, her case was probably two months old and characterized by numerous adult … [Read more...]

Start and end spring break – head lice free!

I always marvel at how insightful, intuitive and proactive some parents are when it comes to head lice (and probably lots of other things!)  We have clients who bring their children in for a comprehensive head check  after sleepovers, after sleepaway camp and this past week - before going away for spring break.  Brilliant!!!! None of the many children we head checked had head lice (adult lice, … [Read more...]

Can Head Lice Be Prevented?

I was invited this week to speak to some concerned parents about head lice at a very well-respected Atlanta public school, in tandem with a local pediatrician. The first question asked by the parents was if it was possible to prevent contracting head lice. Of course, I deferred to the learned, experienced medical professional who offered that the best defense was to attempt to “change your … [Read more...]