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Head Lice Removal & Screening Services
Do you suspect that you may have head lice but aren't sure? Are you unable to treat your head lice yourself?
Have you tried, and failed, to eradicate head lice on your own? Have lice persisted beyond two weeks, despite over the counter or prescription medications? Do you have any of these secondary infections and symptoms associated with head lice?
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers are designed specifically for such cases.
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It can be difficult for the average person to correctly identify the various species of human parasites that may infect people. Head lice, body lice and crab lice appear similar to the untrained eye, and misdiagnosis can lead to inappropriate or delayed treatment. South Florida Family Health and Research Centers provides head lice management and removal, while our family medicine division is here to help with a full spectrum of outpatient family medicine and referrals to other specialists if needed.
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers medical staff members are always up-to-date on the latest and most effective over-the-counter and prescription medications and removal procedures available. We educate our patients in the safest and most reliable ways to control and prevent recurring head lice problems.
Proper screening and swift intervention is the key to head lice control. Wide-spread "No Nit" policies at many public and private schools could keep your child at home, but we promise a same-day or next morning appointment, so that your children may quickly return to their classes after your visit to our health clinic.
Although we recommend a visit to our health clinic, when that's not possible South Florida Family Health and Research Centers also offers home visits with experienced medical staff members dispatched right from our clinic. When a house call is needed we can help you manage and eradicate any case of head lice, safely and effectively in your own home.
One call to South Florida Family Health and Research Centers is all you need to have you and or your family free of head lice.
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers is your Referral Source for Schools and Child Care Facilities
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers clinics provide on-site health screenings to day-care facilities and schools. Whether you need a single classroom check-up or full screening and treatment for an entire school community, our on-call medical services follow strict health care protocols by the South Florida Family Health and Research Centers medical director and leading family physicians to assure quality and safety to all individuals screened.
By conducting a screening in your school or day care, you set an example of proper health-awareness levels. This decreases the number of children likely to miss school due to head lice infestations. Our medical services team can help you to educate parents about the dangers of ignoring head lice infestations, over-treatment and/or inappropriate treatment. The risk of this highly communicable disease can be virtually eliminated with proper vigilance and recognition.
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers offers several products to assist in the treatment and manual removal of head lice. We not only sell head lice combs and all-natural head lice products, we consult with patients in the proper use of them to ensure their effectiveness. This step is important, because in many head-lice cases, the infestation can be worsened by not following instructions for over-the-counter and prescription medications.
We strongly urge everyone not to mix their own home remedies, doing so can pose a great danger to you and your family members.
Head lice are parasitic insects that live off human hosts, if left unchecked, they can cause problems ranging from simple irritation to infections. The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) is a tiny wingless insect of the order Psocodea and is an ectoparasite - a parasite that lives on the skin but not in the body. It spends its whole life cycle living and feeding off its human hosts, of any gender, age or race and with any hair type. It is roughly 2-3 mm long, with six legs and a flat hard exoskeleton. Its legs have tiny claws on the end, allowing it to dig through hair follicles and grip the host. Head lice typically are found on the hair of the scalp, nape of the neck and the base of hair shafts. They range in color (depending on their age, color of host's hair and after feeding) from a clear or transparent color to tan/brown
Nits, which are lice eggs, attach to the hair and have an incubation period of 6 - 12 days. Female lice can lay 3 - 6 eggs per day and have a lifespan of about 42 days. Using these numbers, you can see that it doesn't take long for a case to become severe.
There are three stages of the Head Lice Life Cycle:
Nits are Head Lice eggs. The keratinous (protein) shells are oval in shape, about 1/16" long and usually light whitish grey when they are first laid by the female louse. The nits turn brownish before they hatch. The female louse attaches nits to the hair shaft by cementing them with glycoprotein. The nits are covered by a shell-like (chitinous) sheath, which surrounds both the nit and the attached hair shaft. Newly laid nits are usually found about 1/2-inch from the scalp. Older nits are found further down the hair shafts. The female louse lays about 3-6 nits per day. Nits hatch within 7-12 days after being laid.
Nymphs, also called "instars" are baby louse that hatch from nits. Nymphs are the size of a safety-pin head at birth, and will molt 3 times before becoming adults. The Nymph molting process takes about 9 - 12 days after hatching. When nymphs first hatch they are transparent in color - until they feed on the scalp for blood. The louse will not survive off the host and will expire in 24 hours; head lice must feed every few hours.
Adult head lice are about the size of a sesame seed and are grayish tan in color. The average life span on the host is 30 to 42 days. Female lice can be identified by a posterior portion (rear end) that terminates in an inverted "V" shape; the male louse's posterior end portion is rounded in shape. Female lice are 20% larger than males.
Micro Images Recorded at
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That is a good question and we suggest you speak to one of our doctors for up to date information.
Constant itching or a tickling sensation is one symptom. Small sores or a small amount of blood in the hair or scalp can be another sign. Red bumps, infections and head sores may be present in lice cases as well. Head lice may resemble other parasitic insects to the untrained eye; visit your health care provider or come to one of Lice Cleanique health care clinics for evaluation and treatment options.
Head lice spread very easily through direct head-to-head/hair-to-hair contact. Common examples are hugging or leaning heads together, such as at home or in a school environment. Head lice may also be spread by sharing of combs, brushes, hair accessories, hats, scarves, helmets and towels or even fabric chairs or pillows.
For more information, please call one of our Healthcare clinics 954-791-0711 or 305-387-0051. If we are not in your area and you have questions about head lice, do not let it go unchecked. Your local health department, pharmacist, PCP or your health care provider will be able to assist you.
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers accept most health insurance plans.
*Our head lice clinic locations are open weekdays and on weekends.
Ever wonder how a head lice nit (egg) hatches?
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