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Head Lice

Head lice are a common and highly contagious problem that affects many individuals, particularly school-aged children. At Sanova Dermatology, serving communities across Texas and Louisiana, we offer expert advice and treatment options for managing and eliminating head lice. Our team is committed to providing thorough and compassionate care to help families deal with head lice infestations effectively.

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What are Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny parasitic insects that live on the human scalp and feed on human blood. They are most commonly found in children but can affect adults as well. Lice spread easily through direct contact with the hair of an infested person or through shared items like hats, brushes, and bedding. Head lice are not dangerous but can cause intense itching and discomfort.

How Do You Identify Head Lice?

Identifying head lice involves looking for three forms of the insect: the egg (nit), the nymph, and the adult louse. Nits are tiny, oval-shaped, and usually yellow to white. They are firmly attached to the base of the hair shaft near the scalp. Nymphs are immature lice that grow into adults about a week after hatching. Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed, have six legs, and are tan to grayish-white.

What are the Symptoms of Head Lice?

The most common symptom of head lice is itching, caused by an allergic reaction to the bites of the louse. This itching often leads to scratching, which can cause sores on the scalp. Other symptoms include a feeling of something moving in the hair, irritability, and difficulty sleeping (lice are more active in the dark).

What are the Treatment Options for Head Lice?

Treatment for head lice at Sanova Dermatology includes several effective options:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments: These include shampoos and lotions containing permethrin or pyrethrin, which are generally effective at killing lice.
  • Prescription medications: For cases resistant to OTC treatments, prescription medications with stronger ingredients are available.
  • Manual removal: Combing out lice and nits with a fine-toothed nit comb is crucial, even when using chemical treatments, to ensure all lice and eggs are removed.
  • Home care: Washing bedding, hats, and clothing in hot water and drying them on a high-heat setting can help eliminate lice from the home environment.

How Effective are Lice Treatments?

Lice treatments are generally effective when followed according to directions. However, resistance to some over-the-counter treatments has been reported, which might require switching to alternative treatments or prescription medications. It’s important to complete the full treatment course and to check all household members for lice.

How Much Does Treatment for Head Lice Cost?

The cost of treating head lice can vary depending on the chosen treatment method and whether multiple family members are infested. Sanova Dermatology customizes each treatment plan to the patient’s specific condition, which will be outlined and discussed during a personal consultation. At this time, we will be able to provide you with a transparent explanation of all costs associated with your treatment. We accept most major insurance plans and also offer financing options to ensure that our treatments are as affordable as possible.

Contact Sanova Dermatology

If you or your family are dealing with head lice and need professional assistance, contact Sanova Dermatology in Texas or Louisiana. Our team is ready to provide effective treatments, offer advice on preventing reinfestation, and support you through the treatment process to ensure you return to lice-free living as quickly as possible.