Head Lice Symptoms

Head Lice Symptoms

Head Lice Symptoms

Head lice symptoms what are they?. Just thinking about these irritating bugs can cause your scalp to itch. When your school or nursery has notified you that lice have been detected. Check your child (and yourself) immediately. Here are some of the signs that your child might have head lice….

If your child is scratching his or her head more than usual, it can be a good idea to check for lice. The most common symptom of head lice is itching. That is because lice bites the scalp and may cause an allergic reaction that stimulates this itchy sensation.

However, it can take a few weeks for this symptom to develop.

Tickling sensation. Head Lice symptoms

Some children experience a “tickly” feeling from lice bites or from lice touching their skin. Lice move around their hair, in really bad cases the hair moves.
If you see sores or scratch marks on your child’s head or neck. This can be can be a sign that a lice infestation has begun. Kids often scratch harder than they need to, which can break the skin and cause sores and scabs.
Head lice can make sleep difficult for little ones as they are irritated.

If your child is having a harder time than usual going to sleep or staying asleep. It could be a sign that head lice have invaded his or her scalp.

If your child is more irritable than usual, this can be an indication that head lice are present. Irritability often coincides with chronic itchiness and sleeplessness.

These symptoms can combine, especially when an infestation is more mature.

It is important to point out that an itchy scalp alone is not always an indication of head lice. Itchiness is also a symptom of many other harmless conditions. These can be dandruff, allergies, or just a reaction to a hair product.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Misdiagnosis of head lice infestation is common.” The most reliable symptom, of course, is the presence of a live louse or lice on a child’s head.

How to Spot Head lice (Nits)

To be sure that your child has lice, you’ll need to do a physical inspection of his or her head and neck. To do this, start at the nape area of the neck and around the child’s ears. Although we find that often they are seen in the crown of the hair especially if the child has their hair tied up in a bobble.

These are the locations where lice are most likely to live. They stay very near the scalp to stay warm—about a quarter of an inch from the skin. However we find that children that have hair tied up often can have them at the crown.

Symptoms of head lice

Lice eggs or Nits

To treat the hair

Separate the hair as finely as possible (it can be helpful to wet the hair first or ideally use some Clear Hair The Mousse). Head lice are about the size of a mustard seed. They can be difficult to see, so some people use a magnifying glass.

If you have a louse detection  comb, run it through the hair multiple times, wiping it on a paper towel after each pass. Inspect the paper towel to see if you pull any bugs from the hair. You will be 3-5 times more likely to accurately diagnose an infestation if you comb rather than by visual inspection alone.

About Eggs (Nits)

If you spot any of the head lice symptoms Identifying and removing live lice is the next step in the lice treatment process.

It is just as important to remove all little eggs, or nits, or they will hatch and you will have a fresh case of head lice on your hands. Lice eggs are tiny, camouflaged, and they stick with a glue-like substance to the hair. Finding and removing eggs  is best done using a metal fine-toothed comb. We have a great metal tooth comb in our shop.

Our Mousse product contains active ingredients to help loosen the glue and makes removing the eggs easier.

Clear Hair Shop

The CDC reports that “Nits are often confused with other particles found in hair such as dandruff, hair spray droplets, and dirt particles.”

Don’t Panic if you see head lice symptoms there is help.

While a head lice case can be stressful and frustrating for parents, they cause no serious health problems. Also, lice infestations are completely unrelated to personal hygiene. The only reason your child has lice is because he or she had close contact with someone else that had lice.

The good news is that there are new products available that make treating head lice a cinch. One is the Lice Clinics of UK AirAllé device. The AirAllé is an FDA-cleared medical device that has been clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in as little as an hour—guaranteed. To learn more or to find a clinic near you.

Our range of treatment products and Prevention products are available online and in our clinics.

Lice in Halloween costumes –

Lice in Halloween Costumes

Lice in Halloween Costumes – Ewwww!!

Of all the creepy crawly’s around during Halloween, there’s one you probably haven’t thought of what could be lurking – Head Lice in Halloween Costumes.

“Although It’s usually a childhood nuisance thing getting head lice is not classed as a health hazard. It’s certianly not a sign of poor hygiene or dirty hair. Lice spread by contact and this can be heads being together (taking selfies) or sharing costumes and hats” said school nurse Paula Isaac, of Clear Hair West Midlands

Sales of treatment products for head lice increase around this time of year and you might think it has to do with kids going back to school, however the sharing and trying on of costumes could be another cause.

“We have a lot of people going into the shops, trying on masks, costumes and trying on wigs. And a lot of people don’t give much thought into the fact that several people could’ve tried it on before them” said Paula.

Think about it. Halloween departments in our shops have whole isles of masks and wigs available to try at low level to encourage children to try them. And how many people have tried them on prior to your little angel? How do you know the little lice are not happily sitting in there waiting to get to a new territory. Could there be Head Lice in Halloween Costumes? The answer is yes!

What to do to prevent Lice in Halloween Costumes you take home.

So what do you do to make sure the critters don’t find new homes on your little ones?

Put your costume or wig in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hours before wearing it. Any head lice will die within 24-48 hours.
Throw dryer friendly items in the dryer on high heat for 45 minutes before wearing them.
Wear a swim or wig cap to cover yours or your child’s hair to create a barrier that will be tough for lice to cross.
And remember, the risk you probably will not see an infestation until about a week after the trying on as one louse will live quietly laying eggs to result in an infestation weeks later.

If you or your child does end up with lice, deal with it  immediately get a treatment kit.

Inform the school so you can make sure others are aware of them

Treat the Live lice first with a Solution and then tackle the eggs- they are the tricky part as they are so tiny you need a product to detangle the hair and ideally one that breaks up the composition of the egg casing, allowing the metal comb to remove the whole thing. Try our Mousse its made with this in mind.

NEW Clear hair pharmacy range

Pharmacy range

Clear hair pharmacy range is now available to stockists.

We are introducing the Clear hair pharmacy range of products as a product to be stocked in pharmacies around the UK. Following on from the success of the product already retailing online and through our specialist clinics. The range is a user friendly product for prevention and the treatment of head lice.

Visit our booth at the UK Pharmacy show at the NEC 8th and 9th October 2017

With the range we hope to offer something more of a treatment than frustrated customers are used to. A proven professional range of hair care to both treat and prevent Head Lice. The range has been developed by the founder of Clear Hair UK after working tirelessly in the field of treating head lice with lice clinics of the UK. Clear Hair are experts at treating head lice in their clinics.

“We believe that it is often a lack of knowledge that underpins the frustration created by head lice and in meeting 100’s of people dealing with the issue we realise that we need to help with a better solution in the home. Therefore I have invested in bringing a range with high percentages of active ingredients to both prevent and treat Lice” Isma Javid

The clear hair pharmacy range is divided into two categories:

  • Products to prevent Head Lice
  • Products to get rid of Head Lice and Nits

 

Preventing Head Lice

Using our range of prevention hair care helps to deter the head lice attracting to the hair. The basic haircare products are created to be gentle for regular use.

The Shampoo and Conditioner are added to the normal products you use every day, just a tiny pea sized amount will be enough to give the fragrance to your regular product and this means it lasts and lasts. The Peppermint, Tea Tree and Karanja oils are mixed to create the perfect deterrent for live lice.

Finishing Spray  – This is a popular product as it can be sprayed onto the hair clothes and even hair bands to keep the fragrance working to deter lice all day long. Its a clean pleasant fragrance and is not sticky.

Treating Head Lice

The two problems present themselves when anyone has head lice. The live lice which can move and lay eggs. The second problem are the eggs themselves. They are so small and are glued into the hair it is really difficult to get them out.

Lice are easily treated by application of a treatment followed by a thorough comb out. We have a pleasant smelling high percentage Dimethicone based treatment. It is ideal to treat the live lice and larva active in the hair at any one time.

The bigger issue is created by the stubborn tough tiny eggs that cling into the hair. For these to be treated at home we offer a comb out Mousse which is a detangling product with preventative oils and special ingredients to break down the glue that holds the eggs in the hair. The comb out Mousse used with the special clear hair comb dislodges the eggs so they can be removed thoroughly. People love this product as it prevents knots and tangles in the hair and makes the process much more tolerable. Adults infected with head lice say it is brilliant as the combing is notoriously bad for causing hair loss when repeated often.

 

Shop for the range

 

Head Lice treatment Bangladesh

Head Lice treatment Bangladesh

Our Latest UK Clinic in Sreepur Village – Head Lice treatment Bangladesh

Head Lice treatment Bangladesh clinic set up by a UK company? It may appear odd that we have a clinic in Bangladesh supported from the UK but there is a reason for this. When Pat Kerr contacted us with a problem we were over the moon that the UK Clear Hair Network could help. The company which has launched the effective treatment with Clearhair with Lice clinics of the UK 

 

Head Lice treatment Bangladesh

We tend to think of Head Lice as a western world issue but here in the village it is very much a problem and children despite being treated with chemical products are constantly getting lice. This means there is a disruption to education and that is the one of the key focus’ of the charity. This is why we took our device and went out there to help.

Training the public health staff

The Staff are trained on the exact same process as we use her in the UK. Every technician in the Uk is given thorough training to make sure they can treat effectively.

Check the Hair to see if there are little eggs and live lice.

Treat using the patented AirAlle device which dehydrates both the live lice and the troublesome eggs which we call nits. These are the main reason for re infestation.

Complete the treatment with a comb out using the Clearhair special mousse to release the eggs from the hair and then a treatment with Dimethicone which is a pleasant smelling oil. A far cry from the pesticide products used before!

 

Clearhair Lancashire team travel to Sreepur to teach.

Coming from a small village called Withnell in Lancashire the team from the little clinic there have never been to anywhere like Sreepur so it has been a real eye opener. Bringing the networks knowledge and creating the Head Lice treatment Bangladesh Clinic.

 

Julia Our volunteer giving up her own time to travel to the village told us.

“What struck me first is the number of children there, the noise of over 400 of them and the happy smiles as we arrived, they eat together and live in the village receiving food and protection with their mothers. They attend school and get healthy meals. I have to admit the amount they eat is small and the diet is not so varied but they are grateful for every little bit.

I think back to being that age leaving things I didn’t like on my plate and I was humbled. they drink water not chilled water just water. The children are well taken care of and took to following me round wanting to hold hands.

Out training with the public health staff started the next day in the clinic and the first thing that hit us was the heat. The air conditioning did its best but the heat treatment did make things pretty hot. the kids were as good as gold. Sitting still through the process.

Everyone says that being in places like this changes your out look and I consider myself really lucky to be given the chance to do this. I brought my camera and I will share more pictures once we get back”

Head Lice treatment Bangladesh

My room at Sreepur

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Clear Hair Lancashire – part 2

The journey to Opening Clear Hair Lancashire continues

Finally the day has come and we are opening Clear Hair Lancashire. We have all the equipment, all the products and we are now here ready to treat people. It was easy to keep to the guidelines of the clear hair branding as we really love the colours and images, not too childish and not too clinical just a perfect combination. The shop was a beauty salon prior to us taking over and it was not the right decor at all so we set to work creating a clear space to provide the new treatment. It needs to be easy to clean, comfortable child safe and parent friendly too.

Here are the pictures as we got things ready, it took only about 3 weeks in total.

lice clinic Chorley refurbishment Clear Hair Chorley

Display materials

To display the retail products we added a small cabinet, the posters we ordered from Clear Hair and the rest of the materials for display they helped with. They had flyers, posters and even business cards available ready for us to just order with our address on them which really helped us.

clear hair retailheadline protection  

 

The colours of the display materials brightened the clinic up, our chairs arrived and we put the final touches to the clinic with all the accessories, that meant a trip to Ikea too. We have all been involved in opening Clear Hair Lancashire and I expected it to be more stressful than it was. We were given just enough input without thinking our own ideas were not needed which was nice.

Training

Training was great we did it in the Redbridge clinic , but on our return we did some further practice runs to make sure we were able to complete treatments quickly and efficiently. Treating some younger and older children with different lengths and types of hair we were able to get familiar with the treatment and all protocols. For me in particular just practicing sectioning hair was important so we enlisted friends and family.

opening Clear Hair Lancashire

 

In the next blog I will write about starting up our social media the microsite and all the marketing we have done to help boost the clinic.

 

Lean more about clear hair products

Learn about opening a lice clinic

 

Opening a new lice clinic – my journey Maxine Brown

starting a lice clinic

Opening a new lice clinic – my journey

Maxine Brown takes us through her start up process of opening a new lice clinic for the first LCUK in the North of England

Well I didn’t start out thinking I would be opening a new lice clinic in Lancashire, However having worked with children and families all my working life I fully understand the trauma and irritation nits can cause to children and families. Initially, I saw the idea on “this morning” TV show and they were talking about head lice and bullying. I saw this as an opportunity to try and help in the community as well starting up a business locally. My interest led me to Clear Hair UK and Lice Clinics of the UK . Much of the data I looked at was from the US as there were so many successful LCA businesses operating there. This is new in the UK but the statistics illustrate its going to a growth market.

I thought if I shared my journey it might help and inspire others thinking of providing a positive and much needed business, within our communities.

Application for Licence

The first step was to apply to be a licence, for this I needed to have a knowledge of the potential business case for my area and some funding. Capital money is needed for the rent of the clinic, the licence and the fit out, I also needed some money to help me spread the word about the service. I tried to get some help from local councils and funding providers but that was not available, but well worth a try. There is no business of this kind in this area so competition was none existent.

Next step I discussed my business plan with the team and set up to confirm timelines and payment. I reviewed the contract with my solicitor and from then on it was the exciting part.

Market Research

I visited some local schools and talked to social services and defined that there was a need. I must have read every article in google on head lice and the facts were astounding – there is a problem and that problem is getting worse. Clear hair helped me look at the population demographics and how many schools and children were my target. They also have a recent survey available about the feelings and the behaviour of parents which was helpful.

With a vey clear and strategic plan I took the leap.

Premises

Clear hair gave me information to help me decide what was needed. I wanted a safe, clean and discreet location with parking – easy to get to from the centres of population shown on the map. I found the premises near where I live so no commute and simply asked about it at the shop next door and got the details. I looked at a number of others with an agent. I got all call back the unit was free and the rent achievable with the anticipated business.

The team at Clear Hair helped with a list of what to look for, how much space needed and I visited a clinic in London for some inspiration. I had a clear idea of how it would work out in my own unit. It is easy to work within the guidelines of the Lice Clinics of the UK Brand as it allows plenty of your own inspiration.

lice clinics of uk floorpan

Ideal plan for shop

Opening a new lice clinic

Ideal plan for shop

 

Decoration

Even though we were working to a brand strategy this was an area I felt confident in, it made sense what was needed. The landlord did some of the work but the decoration was down to us. I wanted to keep it simple but good quality, as I needed budget for my marketing efforts.

The chairs and the furnishings were fun to source and I ordered some of the bespoke wall covering clear hair  provide. I went for a simple counter and some shelf units for our clear hair retail range. Opening a new lice clinic was definitely starting to take shape.

Other than the usual basic requirements like the kettle and coffee I did not need to find things as Clear Hair helped me and pointed me in the right direction. Questions regarding the sterilisation and the consumables needed were taken care of.

My opening date is the 8th May 2017, before then we will get training on the treatment and products and then we are ready to go. next week I will be in schools talking to parents and children about the myths about lice and how we all need to #BeNiceAboutLice –

Heated Air Kills Super Lice

Debunking Super Lice and Other Myths

Head Lice Survey