Head Lice Removal Cost & Time Required

Lice removal times and costs vary depending on the thickness of your child’s hair, the treatment option you choose, and the severity of head lice infestation. But first, you should identify which family members have it to get the most accurate estimate.

Symptoms of Head Lice

If your child has lice, in most probability she got it from a family member, friend, or a classmate. Sharing items such as combs, towels, brushes, and hats, as well as sitting close and sharing a bed, can cause lice to spread. However, head to head contact is the most common infection method. The symptoms of head lice may not show for up to five weeks from initial lice infestation.

· Itchy scalp

· A feeling of something crawling on your head

· Sores due to intense scratching. 

· Difficulty in sleeping.

· Irritability

Head lice should immediately be treated to prevent them from spreading. 

How to Kill Head Lice

1. Professional Treatment. Head lice treatment clinics, centers, or services.

2. Home Remedies. Olive oil, tea tree oil, coconut oil, thyme oil, sesame oil, garlic mayonnaise, petroleum jelly. These are applied in the dry hair and allowed to stay for a few hours before rinsing. 

3. Over-the-Counter Products. Pyrethrin combined with another chemical to make it more toxic to lice and permethrin, the synthetic version of pyrethrin. 

4. Medical Prescriptions. Ivermectin, Benzyl Alcohol, Malathion, Spinosad, and Lindane. These medications come as shampoos and are applied on dry hair and allowed to stay for a few hours before rinsing. 

5. Lice Removal Devices. These are mechanical devices that come as combs or vacuums or dryers. 

It is recommended to avoid using the same treatment more than twice. Use only one type of medication at a time, too. 

How long does it take to remove lice?

Getting rid of head lice can be a daunting task. It does not, however, need to take forever to battle head lice infestation as long as a thorough job is done the first time. How long it will take to remove lice depends on these factors:

· Type of treatment

· Hair length, thickness, and curly or kinkiness

· Number of family members with head lice

· Lice spreading in school 

· If everyone is treated at once or at different times

Treatment centers

Getting rid of head lice through a lice treatment clinic or center may take only one treatment. The length of the treatment depends on the severity of lice infestation. A second appointment may be required to check for re-infestation.

Home remedies

If you opt for home remedies, your child should be lice-and-nit-free two weeks or so after the initial treatment. A second treatment is needed one week after the first treatment. 

Lice products & prescriptions

If after two weeks and the lice and nits are not gone, try OTC products. OTC products will require two treatments. A second treatment is done 9 days after the first treatment to kill the remaining lice and nits from the first treatment.

OTC products often fail because sometimes the medication is not kept on the scalp long enough to make it effective or the OTC products are not used properly as indicated. 

Of the prescription medications, only Ivermectin kills lice with a single treatment. All the rest may need second treatments a few days or weeks after the first. 

How much does it cost to remove lice?

Most lice treatment clinics, centers, or services charge per hour or family member. It usually takes about an hour to an hour and a half and only one visit to treat head lice. Severe lice infestation would take much longer. 

OTC, prescription medications for head lice as well as treatment clinics can be costly. Most Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) provide reimbursement for head lice treatment. You, however, need to check with your provider if head lice services and remediation products are covered expenses. 

Home remedies are the cheapest of all head lice treatments. Using a lice removal device is also cheaper than OTC products and prescription medication. A lice removal device can be cleaned and/or sanitized for re-use.

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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