By Karen Sokoloff
We have treated many families in Houston and surrounding areas who have used a variety of head lice treatments before finding us. If you are viewing this site, you may be one of them. Right now, you are probably unhappy and asking yourself, “What is the best lice treatment near me?”
Head Lice Treatment in Houston
As a client, Houston mom Elizabeth D., expressed to us in exasperation, "I must've spent hundreds of dollars on things that didn't work to get rid of the lice. Honestly, I tried some drug store lice brands like Nix and Rid, then I called the doctor and got a prescription lice treatment and that didn’t work either. I finally slapped on some vaseline and that seemed to kill the bugs… temporarily. A couple of weeks later they were back. Why isn't there more out information out there about lice products that don't work so that we don't waste our time and money on those products?"
Good question and we will answer it right here.
Following is a list of lice treatment options:
OVER-THE-COUNTER LICE TREATMENT SHAMPOOS
If you found lice on your child's head and ran out to the drug store, chances are you picked up some kind of over-the-counter shampoo or lice removal kit that contains permethrin or pyrethrum. These pesticides have 1% permethrin or 0.33% pyrethrum and they are found in products like Nix, Rid, Pronto, and generic versions.
Search the term "super lice" and you will see that often these products do not kill the bugs and they never affect the eggs (nits). We at LiceDoctors have gone to thousands of homes where people have used these products and when we get there there are still live bugs in the hair, as well as many nits. This may sound familiar to you...maybe too familiar
Research shows that it takes only three years for a louse to mutate and become resistant to a chemical. According to the National Pediculosis Association (NPA) a non-profit organization in Newton, Massachusetts:
"There are no over-the-counter or prescription treatments to kill lice that are totally safe and scientifically proven to be 100% effective against head lice and nits. These treatments are potentially harmful pesticides and reliance on them promotes repeated use and contributes to ongoing infestations, outbreaks and resistant strains of head lice."
More information: HeadLice.org
While OTC lice treatments may seem like the best lice treatment choice for you because these shampoos are an inexpensive option, consider that they often end up being a waste of time and money, as well as draining your energy and straining your relationships, while you comb out nits over and over again. We have parents calling us every day to say, “My daughter cries every time I come near her with a lice comb. How do I kill lice at home when these treatments don’t work?”
PRESCRIPTION LICE TREATMENTS
There are some prescription lice remedies available. You need to call your doctor or make an appointment to get the prescription. Add to that the cost of prescriptions which may be very high...Ulesfia, for example, carries a price tag of $522.38 at Walgreens for treatment for one person, source: WellRx.com. The price per person for Ovide topical lotion 0.5% is around $277 for a supply of 59 milliliters, depending on the pharmacy you visit. Soure: Drugs.com.
The most common prescription product is malathion marketed as Ovide. Malathion is a pesticide used in landscaping and agriculture. The lice remedy is purported to kill lice and eggs but a study in Bristol, England revealed that it only killed one third of the lice bugs and fewer lice eggs. The study attributed the low efficacy to lice becoming resistant to malathion. Source: EuropePMC
Another risk of using malathion is that it is flammable which could prove dangerous if used with a hair dryer. This product is not advised for children under 6 years old.
Lindane is another pesticide used to kill lice.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lindane lice treatment is dangerous for children. Lindane is in the group as the infamous pesticide DDT. Dangerous side effects may include convulsions, confusion, and in rare occasions, death. More information: Decoded Science
There are other more recent prescription remedies, as well. These include benzyl alcohol (Ulesfia) and ivermectin (Sklice). Side effects of benzyl alcohol may include irritation, itchiness, rash, numbness, and dryness. Side effects of ivermectin may include burning feeling on the skin, eye redness or soreness, dandruff, and. dry skin.
As with OTC lice remedies, these prescription lice treatments are not fully effective in getting rid of lice and nits. They will NOT kill nits, for one thing. The nits, which are eggs laid by lice, have a protective shell around them. This shell protects the growing baby louse (nymph) inside. Prescription lice treatment like the less strong over-the-counter treatments will do nothing to get rid of nits. They also do not always kill the lice. You are left with the chore of nitpicking. This may have initially seemed like no big deal, but if you are reading this, chances are you have discovered that nit removal is no easy task.
Nitpicking is tedious and requires patience. Nit removal also requires a keen eye that can see and identify these lice eggs that stick to the hair and blend right in. The nits are minuscule and some may be easily overlooked. These nits will eventually open up as the nymph crawls out. When the nits mature, they reproduce, and you realize that you have not gotten rid of the lice permanently.
Another question that you need to ask yourself is, "Am I comfortable putting pesticides on my child's head?" LiceDoctors’ answer is a question: since we have seen many cases of children who have had the lice pesticides prescribed to them by the doctor and still they have an active case of lice (these pesticides do not even make the claim that they penetrate the shell of the egg to kill the baby bugs), why use strong chemicals on your child's hair when a) there may be some toxicity and b) they do not always work?
NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR LICE TREATMENT
LiceDoctors advocates use of a natural lice treatment, but it depends what you use and how you use it. Success of a lice treatment always depends on how well you can nitpick. That is where most people fall short in their efforts to get rid of lice and nits. To kill lice at home, you must be a great nit picker.
Certain natural products such as mayonnaise and Cetaphil work to suffocate bugs but they are opaque which makes it hard to see the bugs. Oils can also suffocate bugs; some are more viscous than others, making those more effective in killing lice. Remember though, that nothing kills nits; in order to get rid of nits you have to physically remove them. The good news is that these products are non-toxic so they won't harm you even if they do not work to eradicate the lice.
Some home remedies for lice removal may cause allergic reactions, so be careful. Home remedies such as tea tree oil and anise oil may provoke an allergic reaction.
COMBING AND NITPICKING
This is generally an integral component of effective lice treatments. According to the National Pediculosis Association, "Manual removal of the live lice and nits is the safe alternative and a necessary component of any head lice treatment regimen." HeadLice.org
There are no short cuts. You need to make sure that you do not leave nits behind untreated or they will hatch and you will be confronting another infestation eventually. This is why it is beneficial to bring in a lice professional. If you want the best lice treatment with a full guarantee read on.
A LICE TREATMENT THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE
LiceDoctors has years of experience, 500,000 successfully treated clients, and technicians who are experts at removing the lice and the eggs. If you try to treat the case on your own it will likely take you hours, even days, and you may very well leave behind some bugs and nits. Lice bugs are very elusive and hide themselves from any light and movement of the hair, while the nits camouflage and are tiny. The nits are also cemented to the hair, making them a little tricky to remove.
LiceDoctors Houston Lice Treatment and Lice Removal Service treats you right in your home. You don’t have to move a muscle, except to pick up the phone and call us. If you reside in the Houston area and all suburbs, LiceDoctors will make a house call to you and provide your family with the best lice treatment available.
LiceDoctors non-toxic, all natural lice treatment comes with a full guarantee and the highest success rate. LiceDoctors is also the only lice removal service in Texas operating under the direction of a medical doctor, Dr. Stephen Beck. Your technician comes with extensive knowledge and will educate you about head lice so that you can help ward off future lice infestation and she will get rid of this lice case permanently.
Confidentiality: Houston mobile lice treatment is as private as you can get. Many children and parents do not want to run into a friend or neighbor while walking into a lice treatment center. LiceDoctors technicians drive their own cars and have NO signs.
No exposure to others germs: Let’s face it, kids have germs. They may be harboring a cold or cough or even a fever but if a parent finds head lice, off the kid may go to a lice salon to have the lice removed. Having gone through the coronavirus in this country, we all want to avoid as many germs and illnesses as possible. In-home lice treatment is the safest option.
Convenience: With in-home lice services, you do not have to drag your child into the car to drive across Houston to a lice place. All you need to do is call us and we dispatch a lice specialist to your house. This means less schedule coordination, no expense for gas, and no time wasted driving to a salon.
Pricing: It is often surprising to parents to learn that LiceDoctors mobile service is less expensive than most salons. The average cost for a family of four to be checked and treated by us is under $400; lice salons may charge twice that price for four people with head lice. We do not have the expense of rent and utilities and we pass that savings on to you. In the case of LiceDoctors, our prices are among the lowest prices in the area.
Time management: Service in your home optimizes schedules; at-home head lice service enables your kids to return to their routine activities, be it homework, sports practice, art class, etc, while you or your other kids are receiving your lice treatment. They do not have to sit in a lice clinic after they have been treated.
Familiar Place: Having head lice may be stressful for parents and children alike. For a lot of kids, especially little ones and teenagers, going to a new place during this time can be anxiety-producing. Often children are happier in the familiarity of their Houston home.
Elimination of Lice Transmission Risk: Since all family members should be checked, it can be a bit risky bringing an unaffected child into a Houston lice salon. Your child might sit on a seat that was just sat on by another child with lice. That child leaves a louse behind on the chair, your lice-free child sits down, and voila, a lice fairy has just left your child an unwanted gift!
More Hours of Availability: Unlike a lice salon that is open 5 days a week from 9-5, our mobile lice service is available 7 days a week, day and night, every day of the year. If you find lice in your family, your Houston technician will take care of you and lift the burden right off your shoulders,
LiceDoctors' head lice treatment comes with a full guarantee and an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau. Call LiceDoctors for same day treatment, any day or night, in the Houston area at 713-966-6116. The treatment is safe for everyone from infants to the elderly and that includes pregnant women as well. LiceDoctors is the best lice treatment for you for all of the above reasons and because it works...safely and effectively!