According to Karen Sokoloff of LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service, "We are seeing a doubling in the number of lice cases. Each year, we see a gain in the incidence of head lice. This year, we are seeing an unusually steep climb in the number of cases as the lice are developing greater resistance to the chemical treatments."
While there has been a steep spike in the incidence of head lice in Phoenix, outlying areas such as Gilbert and Chandler are also experiencing outbreaks of head lice.
Head lice are very contagious and are transmitted primarily through head to head contact. Head lice are most active in warm weather so the Phoenix area climate is conducive to the spread of head lice. According to Sokoloff, the only way to get rid of lice is to remove all the nits (eggs) as well to kill the lice. "Resistant strains of head lice, called 'super lice', are very much a problem and chemical shampoos do not work well to kill these lice. The only means of eradicating a case of head lice is to remove all the nits and bugs from the hair. Nothing penetrates the shell of the nit so you have to use an effective lice treatment that involves physically pulling all nits from the hair shaft."
While it is impossible guarantee that you can prevent head lice from spreading, there are some strategies that parents can employ to help minimize lice transmission. Children with long hair should wear their hair up in a bun, pony tail or a braid to make the hair less accessible to lice. In addition, spray a natural repellent on the hair makes it harder for the bugs to attach to the hair. If parents discover lice and nits, every nit must be removed from the hair.
According to Sokoloff, LiceDoctors sees education as a key aspect of what they do. "We educate families about how to identify lice, how to prevent lice infestations, how lice are transmitted, how to comb nits from the hair, and generally how to kill lice and nits. This way, they will be armed should they ever face head lice in the future."
LiceDoctors has been using its all natural lice treatment system successfully for many years. The treatment protocol was developed by its board certified medical director 18 years ago and is guaranteed to work. The company has a track record of successfully treating over 110,000 clients. For same day, in home lice service in the Phoenix Arizona area call 602-753-0289. LiceDoctors carries the Better Business Bureau Seal of Approval and has an "A" rating. In Arizona, the company also services families in Tucson and can be reached at 520-549-2209 or online at www.licedoctors.com.