For over 20 years, South Florida Family Health and Research Centers medical divisions within parasitic infectious disease Lice Cleanique and Lice Source Services provides clinical assessments, treatments, rapid removal, and clinical research of Pediculus Humanus Capitis (head lice).
Lice Cleanique and Lice Source Services Health Care Clinics are in-network with most major insurance plans, staffed by board certified family medicine providers with compassionate medical assistansts who provide world class medical care for patients diagnosed with Pediculus Humanus Capitis (head lice) through full spectrum outpatient primary care family medicine.
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers, Lice Cleanique; 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.
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, Lice Cleanique/ Lice Source Services is South Florida’s established Referral Source for Schools and Child Care Facilities.
South Florida Family Health and Research Centers medical divisions, Lice Cleanique and Lice Source Services, are designed specifically for such cases needing rapid removal of Pediculus Humanus Capitus (head lice).
South Florida Family Health & Research Centers provide convenient healthcare that is affordable and committed to helping keep you and your family healthy. In moderate to severe head lice cases; small to large sores with traces of blood on the scalp or lower hair shaft can be seen. Red bumps, raw to scaly head sores may be present and may lead to secondary bacterial infections. Prescribed antibiotics may be required to treat secondary bacterial infections.
Unfortunately in overlooked and or neglected cases dark skin discoloration on head or neck areas may be present. Chronic louse infestations may lead to Iron deficiency; at this point, a blood transfusion may be needed at the nearest ER. Head Lice is a communicable parasitic infectious disease thus proper evaluation and management of patients is best by health professionals.
Interested in advancing the study, biology, and treatment of head lice? You may qualify for a current clinical research study. Call (305) 387-0051 or (954) 791-0711 for information on receiving free medical care and compensation for time and travel.
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.
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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.