Lice Clinics of America Knoxville, TN Blog

Pets and head lice

We get a lot of people asking about their pets and head lice. Don’t worry, your pet cannot get head lice! Head lice are a completely human problem. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, or any other member of the animal kingdom: none of them can catch lice. Your fur babies are safe 🙂

Lice only live on humans, they aren’t found anywhere in the world except on people’s heads. That’s part of why it is always “lice season.” Those tiny monsters are passed from person to person around your community forever. Head lice have certain requirements to survive, which include a human food source, as well as a certain temperature and humidity to hatch eggs and support the newly hatched lice. Your pet can’t provide these things, so lice won’t live there. Thank goodness! Can you imagine brushing a sheepdog with a nit comb?

Once your family has been professionally treated and your laundry is done, you are all done! You can go ahead and love on your dog or cat as much as you want, and know that you can’t catch lice from your pet.

Happy New Year! We had a great five months.

We’ve only been open for five months, but let me give you some great numbers about us. So far we have:

  • 169 days of operation
  • 589 head checks
  • 314 Signature AirAlle clients went home lice-free!
  • Many more helped by comb-outs, express treatments, and products and information

I am personally most proud of the families. Not just the numbers, but the actual people we have saved from head lice. We have seen:

  • Foster children
  • Special needs children
  • College students
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Nursery workers
  • Adoptive families
  • Blended families
  • Multigenerational families
  • Three children and one entirely grown man threatened to get lice on purpose to come back
  • Hugs from grateful children
  • Colored many pictures while Mom and Dad were treated
  • I am a master at several childrens’ games on our tablets now

We all love our jobs here, and we love the opportunity to help you and your family. Our biggest goal is to get you lice free, and we will do anything we can to help you get (and stay!) that way. We are so lucky to have this chance to make our community a better place!

Thank you all for letting us into your lives for a short time. We are so glad you came here.

Happy New Year!

Jennifer, Carissa, and Jamie

Lice Treatment Myths 101

We get a lot of people on Facebook asking about lice treatments, and there is a lot of misinformation on the internet! Here are some myths I’ve seen lately:

  • Listerene – doesn’t help. You’ll smell minty fresh, but it dries out your scalp and won’t kill many hatched lice.
  • Mayonnaise – while this a great hair moisturizing treatment, it won’t kill anything.
  • Olive/coconut oil – you’ll have shiny hair, but it doesn’t kill anything.
  • Saran Wrap over any of the above – keeping Saran Wrap over mayo or oil overnight is uncomfortable and can ruin your sheets, but won’t kill anything on your head.
  • Rid/Nix/prescriptions – include harmful pesticides and only kill unevolved lice (not “super lice”).
  • Kerosene – this one is the most dangerous. Not only will this not kill lice, but it can easily set on fire and cause permanent damage or death to you and your loved ones.

The only real way to get rid of lice without our FDA cleared nit killer is to comb out every single nit. This can take hours of work every day for weeks. Between work, kids in school, extra curricular activities, and the inability to properly comb out your own head, this means a simple lice problem can last for months and interfere with every aspect of your life.

Our FDA cleared AirAlle device kills 99.2% of nits in about 30 minutes, leaving you free to live your lice-free life. Feel free to check out other sections of our site to learn more! We are also on Facebook, Instagram, and answer emails and phone calls within 24 hours. We are committed to getting and keeping our community lice free.

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