A lice outbreak can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time, especially during the hustle and bustle of summer travels. With vacation preparations in full swing, there are some preventative measures to take to minimize the chances of acquiring some unwanted travel companions in the form of head lice. Here are some tips on how to avoid getting lice while traveling this summer.
Choose your hotel wisely
It’s hard to know when you book a hotel online exactly where you will be staying. Much like bedbugs, lice can be present if a hotel room hasn’t been properly sanitized. Make sure to read hotel reviews before booking and carefully inspect your room for the presence of lice in crevasses of dresser drawers, bed sheets and in the bathroom immediately upon arrival.
Use your own personal hygiene tools
It’s easy to get in the habit of sharing items like hair brushes and combs when traveling, but it’s also a way to share head lice. If you forgot to pack personal hygiene tools for each person in your travel party, take the extra trip to the convenience store. Purchasing individual hair brushes can minimize the chances of a lice outbreak, especially if you think anyone in your family has already come into contact with lice on your vacation.
Get screened before and after traveling
If you are concerned about your vacation being ruined by lice before it’s even started, have your family checked for lice before leaving town. Visit one of our six Licenders salon locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Connecticut and Long Island to get screened, or one of our trained lice clinicians can come directly to your home with our house call services. Licenders also recommends visiting a salon or scheduling a house call immediately after you return from vacation to make sure that lice didn’t return with you.
Get treated immediately
If you do find that one of your family members is infested with lice, don’t panic. Licenders can treat you and your family using AirAllé, an FDA-cleared medical device that kills lice and their eggs without the use of chemicals. Licenders treatments are not only safer, but they are more efficient than over-the-counter treatment options that might be readily available while you are traveling.
Don’t let lice ruin your travel plans this summer. Get screened for lice by sending us a message or calling 888-984-3042 to schedule an appointment.