Sponsor spotlight: Don’t let lice head back to school

School supplies… check

Backpack… check

Lunchbox… check

Head check… check!

Don’t let lice head back to school. Start the school year knowing that everyone in your household is lice free.

Know how to identify signs of lice. Lice eggs, or nits, can range from light tan in color to dark brown. Eggs themselves do not grow in size; they turn darker in color as they get closer to hatching.

Eggs are glued or cemented to the hair shaft so that they do not move freely, like flakes of skin or residual hair product.

There are certain “hot spots” on our heads: above the ears, the nape of the neck and crown of the head. Eggs need our body heat to incubate, and these hot spots are prime areas for eggs to reside.

Baby lice, or nymphs, can look like a spec of dirt on the scalp.

Only about 50 percent of the population itch from having head lice. Itching is an allergic reaction to the saliva that the lice secrete before they feed on human blood. People who don’t itch usually have very good infestations before noticing that they have lice. Regular head checks are highly advised.

Lice Spies is currently offering $10 back-to-school head checks. Online appointments can be booked anytime, day or night.

Lice Spies is a professional head lice treatment clinic specializing in head checks, treatment services and DIY products that are effective, safe, non-toxic, pesticide-free and all-natural. The clinic is conveniently located in Edmonds, just minutes from I-5 and Highway 99. More information can be found at www.licespies.com.

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