How to Check for Lice: A Step-by-Step Guide

At Lice Clinics of Arizona, serving clients in Phoenix, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, and more, we understand the importance of early detection when it comes to lice infestations. That's why we're here to provide you with a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to check for lice effectively. Discover more below, and contact us to learn about our effective lice treatment: Zyma Air Therapy™.

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Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary tools on hand. This includes a fine-toothed lice comb, a magnifying glass for closer inspection, and good lighting to ensure clear visibility.

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Step 2: Wet the Hair

Dampening the hair slightly can make it easier to spot lice and nits. You can either wet the hair with water or use a detangling spray to make combing smoother.

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Step 3: Section the Hair

Divide the hair into small sections using clips or your fingers. This methodical approach ensures that you can inspect each section thoroughly without missing any areas.

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Step 4: Start Combing to Check for Lice and Nits

Take the fine-toothed lice comb and begin combing through each section of hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips. After each stroke, wipe the comb on a paper towel to check for lice or nits. Adult lice are small and brownish in color, while nits are tiny, oval-shaped eggs attached to the hair shaft near the scalp.

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Step 5: Examine the Scalp

Using a magnifying glass, closely examine the scalp for signs of lice or nits. Focus on areas behind the ears, along the hairline, and at the nape of the neck, as these are common hiding spots for lice.

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Step 6: Repeat if Necessary

Continue combing and inspecting each section of hair until you have covered the entire head. If you find any signs of lice or nits, repeat the process daily until no further evidence is found.

Early detection is key when it comes to lice infestations, and at Lice Clinics of Arizona, we're dedicated to helping you catch lice early. By following our step-by-step guide and remaining diligent in your inspections, you can identify lice and take proactive steps to address the issue promptly. If you do find evidence of lice or nits, remember that we have an effective, single-treatment option for you: Zyma Air Therapy™. Book an appointment at one of our professional lice treatment centers today!

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