Head Lice Removal: A Brief History

“Lice,” this one word is enough to cause of itchiness all over our head. These microscopic insects roam around in our hair follicles like a stowaway on a ship, lay their eggs, suck our blood, and give us the most creepy and itchy feeling. Lice are so old that they’ve been found on Egyptian mummies in their tombs.

Several removal options exist, but none of these could stop lice from spreading and multiplying. If these “lousy” insects have already attacked you, you will surely understand our concern.

Lice across the ages

The history of head lice and its treatment dates back to 1550 BC when Egyptians, in their medical guide called “Ebers Papyrus” documented the first lice removal method. This guide recommended sloshing warm date-meal and water in the mouth and then spitting it on your face to drive away lice and fleas. Since then, people of all eras struggled to rid themselves of with these blood-suckers.

Around 1200 B.C, some Chinese documents indicated the use of mercury and arsenic compounds, and by 450 B.C., Egyptians started endorsing shaving all the hair from the body to eradicate lice. These efforts didn’t reap any positive results until about 100 A.D. when the Chinese discovered an effective and natural insecticide. Extracted from chrysanthemums called as Pyrethrum powder, this powder was considered a near-magical compound by Marco Polo, and he brought it to Europe in 1300 A.D.

Cut to centuries later. In the 1940s, a more refined extract of this powder was developed known as Pytheris, which showed positive results at killing head lice. But, this powder was not adequate for killing the eggs of insects, known as nits. Later in 1977, Permethrin, a synthetic version of earlier Pyrethrin was introduced as a consumer product to treat head lice.

How far has head lice removal come?

All the evidence concludes that almost all lice have become super-lice due to their resistance to different chemical pesticides. Thus, making them even harder to eradicate.

However, specific effective methods can be adapted to control them. The National Institute of Health recommends buying a fine-toothed metal comb and combing thoroughly until all lice and nits are removed. Your doctor may also suggest a medicated shampoo, a lotion, or an OTC drug to kill the lice. For highly super-lice,  your doctor may prescribe oral medication. Children under four years old can not use it. Neither can pregnant women or anyone with a compromised immune system. However, there is no instant cure, and even prescription treatments may not solve the problem.

A device called the AirAllé, developed in 2006. It uses controlled heated air to dehydrate head lice and eggs, but even companies that use the invention rely on manual combing to solve the problem for good.

Lice are evolutionary survivors and are here to stay with us until science finds something to destroy them for good.

Lex is incredibly discreet and professional and we felt very comfortable with her in our home. Having lice is a stressful event! She was a comfort and a calm to both my daughter and I. I’ve... recommended Lice Charmers to every parent in my child’s elementary class.read more
Joanna temple
Joanna T.
22:39 17 Jan 20
Lex was so sweet with the kids and made the experience just about as positive as it could be. I have already recommended Lice Charmers to my friends and family.
Emily Traetow
Emily T.
02:48 13 Jan 20
Lex came over within an 1.5 hours on a Saturday night. She was great. She was so gentle with our 2.5 year old daughter. We'd absolutely recommend her.
Josh Lieberman
Josh L.
04:50 09 Jan 20
When head lice first showed up on my daughter a year ago, I didn’t know what to do. Naturally I tried the over-the-counter lice shampoo treatment first and alas, it didn’t work!  So I sent a message... to Lex at Lice Charmers one evening and she got RIGHT back to me and offered to come the next morning, to my relief.  She got rid of the lice in a single treatment and even checked me too. When lice showed up AGAIN a year later, I knew exactly who to reach out to - Lice Charmers!  Lex is professional, knowledgable, and thorough.  She is responsive, fun, and truly makes the best out of an unfortunate situation. The convenience of treatment inside the comfort of your own home is SO nice and the rates for service are fair. Having head lice is unfortunate. Having Lice Charmers come remove them from your life is the exact opposite of unfortunate; it’s a pleasure. I can’t recommend Lex and Lice Charmers enough!read more
Jessica Zutz
Jessica Z.
17:27 08 Jan 20
Easy & painless. So nice to have Lex arrive at the house! Lice Charmers will be first call if we ever get lice in the future!
Justin Youngers
Justin Y.
18:30 07 Jan 20
They were very quick to answer our texts and very helpful and friendly!
Jennifer Sahli
Jennifer S.
16:34 30 Dec 19
This was the best experience for such a hard situation. We where made to feel like everything was normal and okay. She was absolutely amazing and carried out conversations with my child to help... distract her throughout the process.read more
Brittany Berg
Brittany B.
01:37 10 Dec 19
Lex was very easy to work with and professional. We called late in the evening and were able to get an appointment for the following morning. She arrived in a ordinary car and brought all of her own... supplies. It was much less stressful to have her come to our home then needing to go across town. She was very thorough in her work. The peace of mind from knowing our daughter was treated and cleared 💯 was worth every penny. I would highly recommend Lice Charmers.read more
Sarah Schauer
Sarah S.
23:06 08 Dec 19
Fast, in-home service made this process so easy. Lex was great: full of information, friendly, efficient with a tedious process, and was able to come to our house just a few hours after I contacted... her. I hope in the very best way possible that we don't have to call her in the future, but if we have a lice reappearance I'm so glad I know she's there. Highly recommend her!read more
Hannah Love
Hannah L.
22:12 08 Dec 19
I have never had nor dealt with lice before, so I called lice charmers and scheduled her to come out in the evening. She showed up and checked my hair, my son's, and then my daughter's hair who was... the only person with lice. She got all the lice, and nits out of my daughter's hair and my daughter's hair is very thick. She was very thorough and knowledgeable about lice and how to get rid of them and keep them away. I highly recommend calling her to take care of your lice problem, she also guarantees her work.read more
Michael Krout
Michael K.
03:40 27 Nov 19
Calling Lice Charmers was a great decision. Lex was wonderful with our 3 year old as well as extremely thorough. I recommend Lice Charmers... 100%.
Billy Marlowe
Billy M.
23:26 26 Nov 19
Definitely recommend this company! We called Lice Charmers late in the afternoon after finding out at least one of our kids had lice. They were able to come out first thing the next morning. Lex was... very nice and worked diligently with all four of us. We felt free of lice and were much more educated than we had been about the subject. Lex even brought a fun kids book about lice. It was great not having to go anywhere to get checked and treated. Thank you so much!read more
Sarah S
Sarah S
22:21 18 Nov 19
Definitely recommend this company! We called Lice Charmers late in the afternoon after finding out at least one of our kids had lice. They were able to come out first thing the next morning. Lex was... very nice and worked diligently with all four of us. We felt free of lice and were much more educated than we had been about the subject. Lex even brought a fun kids book about lice. It was great not having to go anywhere to get checked and treated. Thank you so much!read more
Sarita Chandler
Sarita C.
22:18 18 Nov 19
Definitely recommend this company! We called Lice Charmers late in the afternoon after finding out at least one of our kids had lice. They were able to come...
Sarah S.
Sarah S.
14:20 18 Nov 19
Lexi was kind and efficient and skillful - she really saved the day- we are so grateful
J Glasser
J G.
18:46 02 Nov 19

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