Get to Know Head Lice Symptoms from Lice Clinics of America San Diego

Just thinking about head lice can make you start itching. If your school or daycare center has notified you that head lice have been detected, you’ll want to check your child (and yourself) immediately. According to Mercedes, owner of Lice Clinics of America San Diego-Orange County here are some of the signs your child may have head lice:

  1. Scratching: If your child is scratching his or her head more than usual, it may be time to check for lice. The most common symptom of head lice is itching. This is because lice bites can cause an allergic reaction in some people, which stimulates the itchy sensation. However, it can take a few weeks for this symptom to develop.
  2. Tickling sensation: Some children experience a “tickly” feeling from lice bites or from lice touching their skin. This is a less severe reaction than the itching.
  3. Sores or scratch marks: If you see sores or scratch marks on your child’s head or neck, it can be a sign your child has an active lice infestation. Children often scratch harder than they need to, which can break the skin and cause sores and scabs.
  4. Disruption of sleep patterns: Head lice can make sleep difficult for youngsters. If your child is having a harder time than usual going to sleep or staying asleep, that might be a sign that head lice have invaded his or her scalp.
  5. Irritability: 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’s important to point out that an itchy scalp alone is not always an indication of head lice. “Itchiness can also be a symptom of other harmless conditions, such as dandruff, allergies, or a reaction to a hair product,” said Mercedes. “Make sure you do your due diligence and double check.”

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 Lice
To be sure that your child has lice, you’ll need to do a physical inspection of his or her head and neck. “Checking your child’s head for lice is a simple process,” said Mercedes. “First, start at the nape area of the neck and around their ears. 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. Separate the hair as finely as possible. It helps to wet the hair first as it takes care of the wispy hair. Head lice are about the size of a sesame seed. They can be difficult to see, so some people suggest using a magnifying glass if you have one. If you have a louse 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 head lice or nymphs (young lice) from the hair. You’re three to five times more likely to accurately diagnose a lice infestation if you comb first, versus just visually inspecting the hair.”

About Eggs (Nits)
Identifying and removing live lice is just one step in the lice treatment process. “It’s just as important to identify and remove all eggs (nits). If all eggs are not killed or removed, they will hatch and you’ll have a fresh case of head lice on your hands,” said Mercedes. “Lice eggs are tiny, camouflaged, and they stick with a strong glue-like substance to the hair. Finding and removing eggs, also known as nitpicking, is best done using a fine-toothed comb.” Nits are often confused with other particles found in hair such as dandruff, hair spray droplets, and dirt particles.

Don’t Panic
“The most important thing to remember is to not panic,” says Mercedes. “While a case of head lice can be stressful and frustrating for parents and children, please keep in mind head lice do not cause serious health problems. In addition, 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 new technology now makes treating head lice fast and easy. Lice Clinics of America’s AirAllé device is an FDA-cleared medical device, 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, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.

Lice Clinics of America has over 330 treatment centers in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America – San Diego is open seven days a week by appointment. Call 858-249-8337, email nsanders@lcasandiego.com, or visit lcasandiego.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

A Healthy New Year

A Healthy New Year is all we could ask for and more. It is the best time to reassess what is most important to you. Focusing on healthy habits instead of a New Year’s resolution may work better for you. Choose a specific word for the new year like the word “Health”. From there you can focus on creating the best version of your life. And the best way to do that is to focus on healthy habits. This blog will show you the best way to build healthy habits and lifestyle for a successful 2020.

Create a Plan
As a parent and spouse, sometimes it feels like you are running 100 miles an hour and 100 different directions at the same time. On a Sunday, try sitting down with your family and review a plan for the week so everyone is on the same page with a goal. Then narrow it down and find ways to improve adding self care into the plan weekly.

Meal Plan
Staying on top of a weekly meal plan can ultimately relieve you from many chores during the week. Meal planning is notorious for being a lifesaver on a few different levels. First, it will help you feel better if you eat cleaner and incorporate more veggies in your diet. Lastly, you can involve the children in meal preparation and enjoy more bonding time at home. You can even go to the local market or farm to pick fresh produce and products.

Read More Often
When children begin learning to read, they may be a little unsure of themselves at first. The most amazing part of focusing on your little reader is sitting with him or her and helping them sound it out while praising them. It will help them develop a love for books and reading time with you. Trips to the library are always fun as they have incorporated so many different activities for children.

Volunteer
Volunteering can help you meet some incredible people, advance your career, learn new skills and become a happier person. Like the infamous quote from Winston Churchill: “You make a living by what you get, You make a life by what you give”

Find an Exercise You Enjoy:
The biggest stress release is exercise, Moving your body can relieve aches and pains as well as making you feel better. Instead of looking at exercise as a chore, try viewing it as something that will make you feel your best mentally and physically. Then the extra added confidence will come along with your newfound energy and results.

Be Kind
Everyone in the world we live in is struggling through something. Try to treat everyone with kindness, spread love and brighten someone’s day.

Be Lice Free
One incredible way to assure happiness, is to know you and your family are lice free. Come in for a head check by one of our staff and learn all about prevention. If the unthinkable happens, we offer the easiest one and done treatment. Our Air Alle’ medical device kills all stages of lice in a single 60-90 minute treatment. Call us at 858-249-8337 or visit our website at www.lcasandiego.com

Have You Heard About Our Protection Plan?

When you get sick, you go to a doctor. When you have lice, you (should) go to a Lice Clinics of America clinic. With doctors, you have insurance. Now, with Lice Clinics of America – San Diego you have our Lice Protection Plan. We’re so excited to announce this new plan in place for our customers, so you never have to stress about lice treatments!

When you sign up for our lice protection plan, you’ll receive 3 head lice screenings and 2 treatments, all included in your monthly cost. We’re so confident in our service, we know that in the event you come into contact with lice again, we’ll be your first choice for protection.

The Lice Clinics of America Protection Plan includes the following:

  • Up to 3 free (optional) head screenings per year
  • Up to 2 free Signature AirAllé treatments per year in the event of any future lice infestation upon positive diagnosis by Lice Clinics of America certified technician.
  • Peace of mind knowing that we’re here to help at any time to help

This is the most simple and easy way to have a stress free year by knowing your family is covered completely. When you get the dreaded lice notice from your children’s school, or a fellow parent letting you know their child has lice right after a sleepover. Fear not! You have the plan and are covered.

At Lice Clinics of America – San Diego the Protection Plan is $13 per month per person. Only enrolled participants are eligible to receive plan benefits.

We are dedicated to serving the families in our community and we feel that one of the best ways we can do that is to offer this protection plan. Its peace of mind knowing that your family is covered in case lice decides to try to join your family.

Lice Clinics of America has over 300 clinics in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America – San Diego and Encinitas are open 7 days a week by appointment. Call 858-249-8337 or visit www.lcasandiego.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Know You’re Lice-Free Before Holiday Gathering

Know you’re lice-free before holiday gatherings for the ultimate peace of mind. Winter break is a peak time for head lice, according to Mercedes, owner of Lice Clinics of AmericaÒ – San Diego. Families gather, kids are home from school and having sleepovers and parties, and head lice spread.

Every year, we see people getting head lice during the holidays, disrupting their family time. The best way to keep head lice out of your home for the holidays is to know how to identify them in the first place. It is unfortunately not as easy as you may think.

According to the (NCBI), part of the National Institutes for Health, one of the challenges of dealing with head lice is correctly identifying the problem. “Because head lice can move quickly, their detection requires expertise and experience,” the NCBI said. “Expertise is key to diagnosis.” Even health care providers frequently misdiagnose head lice infestations.

We offer professional screenings at our clinic and highly recommend them before and after school breaks. It’s the best way to have peace of mind that your household is lice free. You can’t rely on a child scratching his or her head because many children have no symptoms for several weeks. Head lice are fast—they can travel eight inches per second and will go deep into a child’s hair when frightened, which can make them really hard to find on children with long hair.

Sometimes, people think they have head lice but a professional screening reveals it’s just dandruff or dry skin. Parents shouldn’t have to pay to be treated for something they don’t have. If we do find head lice, you can be treated on the spot and leave our clinic lice-free in one hour. We use the AirAllé® device, the only FDA-cleared medical device that provides fast and effective head lice treatment.”

Lice Clinics of America -San Diego is the exclusive provider of head lice treatment using the AirAllé device, clinically shown to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using heated air to dehydrate the bugs in a single treatment. Most treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.

“AirAllé has been used to treat more than 400,000 cases of head lice throughout the world with a success rate better than 99 percent,” said. “That’s why we can guarantee that if we do find head lice during a screening, you’ll leave our clinic lice-free.”

Lice Clinics of America – is one of more than 350 Lice Clinics of America treatment centers in more than 36 countries. Lice Clinics of America is the largest and fastest growing network of professional head lice treatment centers in the world.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lcasandiego.com, email nsanders@lcasandiego.com, or call 858-249-8337.

Lice Clinics of America San Diego Honors Teachers

Lice Clinics of America® San Diego Honors Teachers and School Nurses with Free Screenings and Free Treatments To support teachers and school nurses in San Diego.

Teachers and school nurses are often on the front lines of educational, social, and health challenges that families face. They’re often the ones that have to bear the uncomfortable news to a family that a child has head lice, which can be very stressful for everyone involved, so we want to make that a little easier.

Studies have shown that head lice are often misdiagnosed, and a professional head lice screening can be an invaluable first step in confronting the situation. Also, many parents don’t initially want to believe their children have head lice. A professional screening can answer both questions.

It’s important that families know that it’s actually head lice that are found in children’s hair before undergoing treatment. Our certified technicians are experts and can quickly determine if dandruff or dry skin have mistakenly been identified as head lice—much to the relief of everyone.

If head lice are found, don’t worry. Treatment can usually be performed on the spot using our AirAllé® medical device, and you will leave the clinic lice-free. The AirAllé device is an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment that usually takes about an hour.

Head lice have become more difficult to treat in recent years as lice have developed a resistance to the pesticides used in the most popular over-the-counter lice products. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of lice in most states are now immune to the active ingredients in these products.

Most of the people that come to our clinic have already tried and failed to get rid of lice with over-the-counter products. Many have been struggling with head lice for months, and they are so relieved to know that we have a fast, safe, guaranteed solution.

The AirAllé device was developed by researchers at the University of Utah. It works by applying carefully controlled warm air to the scalp and hair to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are no pesticides or chemical used during our treatment process.

Head lice treatment using the AirAllé medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America professional lice treatment centers. With more than 300 clinics in 33 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest and fastest-growing network of professional lice clinics in the world. Close to 400,000 cases of head lice have been treated using the AirAllé device, with a success rate better than 99 percent.

Our clinic also offers home lice treatment and prevention products. For more information visit www.lcasandiego.com or call 858-249-8337.

Family Fun For The Weekend

Family fun for the weekend is just what everyone needs to defuse after a long week. From homework assignments to the high paced work week, it is easy to forget family bonding time. Each and every family is a small cell, and inside of the walls of this molecule there is a big incredible universe that is forever expanding. Making time to embark on adventures with your loved ones make life all the more worth living. This blog will give you three top choices for a fun and action packed weekend.

 

Bike Trips

Biking is a fun and educational way to enjoy very special moments together with your family. Your children will learn that a journey can be just as amazing as the goal itself. You will encounter the outside world outside of the typical car ride getting from point A to point B. Before doing this, it is important that you teach them all about the road rules from both the driver and the bikers perspective. Every single trip will bring a unique experience and turn of events. Biking will be a guaranteed way to preserve the greatest memories for your children.

Visit to the Local Museum

Museums are far from being boring these days, and are no longer consistent of old dusty stairways with dark rooms. They are now fully loaded with interactive technology making learning interesting. Your children have the chance to use all five of their senses while listening to audio and reading. It will be wonderful to get your children familiar with the fascinating stories that govern the ways of the Planet and Universe. Your children with mimic the behavior shown to them and will acquire a very cultured perspective. Additionally, the museum will be such a fun and healthy dialogue for discussion. Your children’s growing minds will be inquisitive and enriched on so many levels as you open the door to opportunities.

Organize a DIY ( Do it Yourself ) Project

Children already have an endless Imagination, so creating ways to allow them to use their brilliant ideas with their own hands is great fun! The beauty of DIY projects is that every individual piece of work will express the personality of its creator. No ones art or designs will be alike and that is a great thing. From origami to birthday cards, paintings, collages and more, they will learn and discover something new about themselves every time.

Be a Family That Stays Lice Free

So many adventures ahead for your family and such little time for an unwanted lice infestation. With helmet sharing and other activities abroad, it is important to stay lice free. We offer head checks year round to assure your family stays in the clear. Our staff will educate you and show you our incredible prevention product line. Call us now to book your appointment 858-249-8337

Planning a Family Trip

Planning a family trip is a very difficult task for the average busy family but this blog will help you get through it all! When you begin to research information to plan the perfect trip it can be an information overload. It is also very easy to talk yourself out of vacationing because it’s not the right time, but the truth is, there is never a perfect time. Traveling with kiddos can throw you an extra task from deciding on nap times, change in routine, feeding times to entertainment.

In the end, you will never regret a trip because of how much closer it will bring your family. The memories will be priceless because you will grow as a family and learn to be kind and patient through new situations and surroundings.

Set Goals

Are you looking to do something relaxing just to escape or to have a new cultural experience with your kids? When traveling with your children it will be nothing like traveling as couple, so you must plan accordingly. You should write out a list of ideas that can guarantee your family trip to be a success. Also, you should decide what things you are willing to sacrifice in order to make things run smooth and easy.

Decide Where to Go

This is the most difficult task because you want to make sure that it is memorable and kid-friendly. Pintrest is extremely helpful and visual leading to great advice from other parents just like you!

Once you have weighed out your options and have ideas in mind, there are a few other things to factor in. Travel costs, weather, kid-friendliness and also what your other family members would want can help you narrow down your final choice.

START SAVING

Unfortunately traveling is not free, so having a savings plan in place is a must. Take a moment to think about how much you would feel comfortable spending. You can save weekly, monthly and make sure what you are putting to the side is practical.

Every penny adds up and will turn your dreams of traveling into a reality!

Keep Your Vacation Lice Free

Lice always has a way of intruding at the most inconvenient times, so it’s important to make sure your vacation stays lice-free. Come in for a pre vacation lice check and a post vacation check to assure you are only bringing back memories with you!

Our Air Alle’ medical heated air device is safe-easy and a one and done treatment. We dehydrate and kill all stages of lice in as little as one hour! You deserve a stress free vacation and only the best service if you have any unwanted lice friends! Call us now 858-249-8337

Back To School Season

Back To School Season

Back to school season is finally upon us! Getting into the perfect back to school routine and establishing how to have a smooth sailing 2019 is all in this blog! A new year brings a great fresh slate and fresh start for you to write your future and redefine who you are and aspire to be. You can approach this school year with a positive attitude and discipline to stay on top of what is important.

A Good Schedule

Electronics are fun but also play a big part in distractions. As fun as scrolling through Facebook or Instagram all hours of the night can be, you will regret it in the morning. Sleep is so important and feeling rested has a lot of impact on your learning experience. Have your child put their phone down along with no TV until studying and homework is complete. Setting restrictions and boundaries for your child ahead of time, you will be more likely to stick to them. Set time guidelines and calculate how much time everyday your child will need to get dressed, eat breakfast etc.

Positivity is Success

Feeding your children’s growing brains with positive affirmations can set them up for success! Offering educational support as well as emotional support is so important. It also helps to have a great relationship with the teachers touching base through email once a week. For your pre-teen or teenagers encourage them to have their favorite inspirational quotes on their notebook. They will see it every time it opens and feel rays of positivity, for example:

No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
-Taylor Swift

Stay Lice Free

Staying lice free may be hard to do with all of the activities, selfies and sleepovers the school year may bring. With so much to do during your busy week, the last thing you need is an unwanted lice infestation.

We offer the quickest one and done treatment for lice removal by using controlled heated air. Our Air Alle’ medical heated air device is 99.9% effective killing all stages of lice in as little as one hour. We also have the best Lice Prevention Line of Products; call us now at 858-249-8337

Back To School Tips for Busy Moms

Back to school tips for busy moms will set you up with all the tools you need to stay on top of this school year. First, it is important to address any concerns you have for yourself or your child to the school prior to the year starting. Our children become nervous about the new situations to come whether it is a new school, teacher or classroom. Taking them to visit their new school or classroom prior to the first day of school is a way to ease the first day jitters. Teachers understand that students are a bit nervous and will go the extra mile with effort making sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

Consider getting your child on their school sleep/wake schedule a week or more ahead so the time change is not such a shock factor on their first few days. Make sure to touch base with your child’s new teacher at the beginning and end of the days so they can see how supportive you are of your child’s education experience.

Make Back To School Fun

Focusing on the positive aspects of starting the new school and creating a highly anticipated first day of class is helpful! You can also find a nearby neighborhood child or friend to walk to school or ride the bus to school with. You can roleplay the first day of school with your child and even how to make friends! You can take them to the school playground a few days before school starts allowing them to get comfortable in their new environment.

 

School time

10 Morning Routine Tips

  • #1. Lay Out Everything The Night Before.
  • #2. Make Lunch in Advance.
  • #3. Have Everything in the Same Place.
  • #4. Earlier to Bed on School Nights.
  • #5. Have The Little Things Ready too.
  • #6. Allow Time If Kids are taking the Bus.
  • #7. Routines Do Work.
  • #8. Prep Breakfast.
  • #9. Allow Extra Time.
  • #10. Have Your Coffee Ready to Go.

Keep LCA in Your Back pocket

With 6-12 million cases of head lice per year, it’s best to have Lice Clinics of America as your one-stop solution for lice removal.

We have the most incredible staff ready to give you a 5-star experience with all of your lice removal needs. We offer the quickest, most effective treatment using our FDA cleared Air Alle medical heated air device. This incredible treatment kills all stages of lice in as little as one hour. We look forward to helping you; give us a call now 858-249-8337

 

Fathers Day – Dads are So Important

Fathers Day – Dads are So Important

Make Dad Feel Special This Father’s Day
This Father’s Day is the best time to show your dad how much you care and love him. Instead of giving dad the traditional gifts, why not give him something different that he will truly cherish forever. Make this special day for him and show him that you planned his day special according to him. Here are
some amazing ideas for your dad to enjoy!

A Note of Appreciation
Showing him how much you respect, appreciate and love him in a nice thank-you note would truly make his day. You can also make a short family video thanking him for his emotional and moral support.

Relieve the Pressure
Give your dad the ultimate stress free day, free of any kind of pressure. Make sure that he is fully relaxed without any deadlines hassle free.
Bring him snacks, meals, drinks and let him enjoy his day doing what he loves.

Quality Time
Make this Father’s Day the best opportunity to drop your busy plans and give the quality time as a gift. You can enjoy a walk, camping,
fishing or a picnic at a beautiful park sharing your favorite stories and laughs.

A Nice Gift of Choice

Ask dad what he wants to do for the day and exactly how he wants to do it! Let him go to a game if he loves sports, or going fishing, bbq or a
gift that he has been wanting forever.

Play Genie and Make His Dreams Come True
If there is anything that your dad has wanted to do for a long time, you can arrange it. His favorite restaurant or a shopping spree. You may
have a little splurging to do, but it will be so worth it to see him indulge like he deserves.

LCA Wishes You a Happy Father’s Day!
Above all, your appreciation and love is the best gift on Earth for your dad. You are his greatest gift, happiness and joy. We wish you the most
memorable day with your family and hope you enjoy some of these helpful tips for dad!