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National Pediculosis Association States that Manual Extraction Of Head Lice and Nits is “Crucial”

National Pediculosis Association States that Manual Extraction Of Head Lice and Nits is “Crucial”
Created on 
January 3, 2018
Updated on 
July 13, 2020

The National Pediculosis Association strongly advocates manual removal of lice and eggs from the hair.

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To Get Rid of Head Lice, Comb and Pick

The head lice “watch dog” group, National Pediculosis Association, (NPA), states clearly on its site that the best way to eradicate head lice and eggs is to manually remove them from the hair. The organization, based in Newton, Massachusetts, has been advising and informing people about head lice for 34 years. It is a “non-profit volunteer organization, including scientific advisors dedicated to protecting children and their environment from the misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter pesticide treatments for lice and scabies.”

nits and lice on an oily paper towel with nit comb

LiceDoctors Agrees

We, at LiceDoctors, agree! Sure, there are alternative treatments out there, ranging from chemicals, to hot air devices, to homeopathic remedies, but nothing has the success rate of physically removing nits (eggs) and lice. Here are the main reasons: nits have a hard shell that cannot be penetrated and lice bugs have developed a resistance to chemical treatments. If you want to get rid of the lice infestation you have to extract everything lice-related from the hair and that can only be accomplished through combing and handpicking.

According to the NPA , the organization “receives calls every day from parents and health professionals reporting product treatment failure ... reports of folks using ‘everything on the drug store shelf,’ only to continue finding adult-sized crawling lice. Unfortunately, frustrated parents have responded to persistent infestations by repeatedly using treatment products, or by resorting to dangerous alternatives.”

LiceDoctors Follows the NPA Recommendations….

...We Comb and Handpick and it Works!

We have been treating families for 20 plus years and we often treat people who have reached their frustration point; they have tried other treatments, especially chemical treatments, and they are back to where they started. Just when they thought they were finished with the case, they spot another bug or more eggs. If you have tried to treat head lice on your own then you know what I am talking about. We have also treated clients who had previously been treated with hot air devices, and those had failed to eradicate the case as well.

Head lice are incredibly hearty and adaptable creatures. If you want to ensure that you are done with a head lice infestation, you need to be able to find and identify all nits and bugs in the hair. Since this is a very daunting task, it is often best to call in an expert. LiceDoctors, with our long history of experience and unparalleled success rate, is your best option!

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