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Head Lice

Upon obtaining lice samples in Texas, scientists have discovered mutant super-lice who are resistant to the active ingredient in over-the-counter treatments. Urgent Clinics Medical Care is ready to help you eliminate these annoying insects from your household.
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The sooner lice and nits are discovered and treated, the less of a nuisance they can become. Lice are easily spread by close contact with an infected person or by sharing personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, towels, and bedding. It’s not uncommon for a whole group of siblings to become infected.
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Urgent Clinics Medical Care is staffed with experienced and friendly healthcare professionals that understand the turmoil lice can cause. Just walk into any of our convenient locations in the Houston area including Pearland, Champions, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes. We will provide you with quick treatment and the appropriate protocol to help you eradicate your lice problem fast!

Lice are tiny insects that infect the scalp and cause miserable itching. They lay eggs called “nits” which look like tiny white specks stuck to the hair. Many people will mistake a nit for simple dandruff, but during these back-to-school months, parents should pay close attention to any flecks in the hair. While dandruff falls off pretty easily, a nit has to be slid down the hair shaft and pulled off. If you find the specks are pretty uniform, close to the scalp, and difficult to brush off, it’s quite possible an infestation is present.

Benadryl may be used to reduce the itching caused by lice. All personal head wear, scarves, coats, bed linens and towels should be treated by machine-washing in hot water. Dry on the hot cycle of the dryer for at least 20 minutes. Any clothing, bed linen or stuffed animals that cannot be washed this way should be dry cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks. Lice will suffocate and die during this time. Combs, brushes, barrettes, hair ties and curlers may be treated in Lysol or rubbing alcohol for 2 hours or by boiling in water for 5-10 minutes. Vacuum all rugs, carpets and mattresses that were used while an infection is present.


 
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