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 lice 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 lice 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 a lice clinic that uses 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.

Services Offered:

Lice Charmers has head Lice Removal options for families in need. Lice Charmers does Lice Treatment that is fast efficient and guaranteed. Lice Charmers is a Lice Clinic for professional treatment of lice, super lice, and nits in a single appointment.

Janet Mendez-Santiago
Janet Mendez-Santiago
I can't recommend Lice Charmers enough! Sydney was incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and reassuring throughout the entire process. Not only did she effectively eliminate the lice problem, but she also provided valuable tips for prevention. The facility was clean, comfortable, and child-friendly, making the experience as stress-free as possible. Thank you, Lice Charmers, for your exceptional service and expertise!
Tayler Sullivan Anderson
Tayler Sullivan Anderson
Melanie was super pleasant and very professional. She made our less than ideal situation a lot better. We had fun conversation while she did a great job. Would highly recommend! You’re awesome Melanie!
Kaveh Vaghefi
Kaveh Vaghefi
Melanie was wonderful.
Marisa Gonzalez
Marisa Gonzalez
Went in today to get both daughters treated. Lex was great and very professional 😊 She explained everything very well for after treatment. Loved that they had a little area for kids, it kept my little one busy while the other one was getting treated. Definitely recommend them if anyone is struggling with lice problem.
Mike Quayle
Mike Quayle
Super great, timely, explained all steps of the process and worked well with kid
Casey Larson
Casey Larson
The lice charmers were able to get us in very quickly, same day. Melanie took great care of the family that I was with and made them feel welcome and put their minds at ease. The family is now lice free! Thank you licw charmers!
Leah Schoelles
Leah Schoelles
My only complaint for this service is the cost. Not super affordable when you have a family of 3 needing it, although I can't say how they compare to other clinics. Aside from that, everything was great. We were scheduled to be seen within an hour of calling. Sydney was wonderful and so kind and patient with our two year old when she struggled with the process. All around a good service to give you peace of mind and quick removal if you can foot the bill.
Deanna Buell
Deanna Buell
Lex was great. She was on time for the in home visit , kind to my toddler and I, and very knowledgeable and calm in a stressful situation. Highly recommended getting a lice check to verify if there is an infestation and their products are great.
Julia Bromka
Julia Bromka
Melanie was excellent. Right on time. Kind. Thorough. Thank you!
Albert Garcia
Albert Garcia
Great customer service! Also same day service and affordable and very knowledgeable of what they are doing!! Would recommend to anyone who needs lice treatment!! Lice charmers is the way to go.
Yuliya Goldshteyn
Yuliya Goldshteyn
Would highly recommend this place. We got an appointment quickly and they did a thorough job.
Kate T.
Kate T.
10/10. The removal process was quick and painless (plus I had a great conversation in the meantime).
Carrie McCullagh
Carrie McCullagh
We had a great experience with Melanie to help with our daughter. She was so kind, professional, and thorough.
Robin van der Hoest
Robin van der Hoest
Such a nice experience. The way to go if you want to get rid of lice properly. Friendly experienced staff that makes the best of a bad situation
J. Davis
J. Davis
Very professional, thorough, and friendly. I'd definitely recommend Lice Charmers!
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