It can be an unsettling feeling if you or your child starts to experience an itchy scalp, especially if you see evidence of what could be either dandruff or lice. Before you panic, here are a few ways to determine the difference between dry skin and lice and what to do if you or a family member is found to have lice:

Symptoms

The symptoms of lice and irritated, dry skin are initially very similar. The person that potentially has lice may experience intense itching at the scalp and can potentially cause lacerations from repetitive scratching. But certain components such as the color of dandruff or lice and the location on the scalp can give you a better idea of what you are dealing with. Nits stick to the hair while dandruff flakes, easily falling off of hair. While dandruff is visible on the scalp, lice lay eggs on hair, not the scalp. It’s important to definitively determine if the cause of an itchy scalp is dry skin or lice, and you can do so by getting screened and treated by a professional.

Lice Screenings

If you or your child has an itchy scalp and can see what could be dandruff or lice, the first step you should take is to get screened by a professional. For an immediate screening, our six Licenders salon locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Connecticut and Long Island have walk-in options and appointments available seven days a week. Our experienced lice clinicians will be able to determine if lice is the cause of an itchy scalp and provide immediate treatment.

Lice Treatment

If we do find that you or your child has lice, we can treat you in our salon immediately after your screening using our professional products. Our chemical-free and all-natural AirAllé® system is a proven treatment method that eliminates lice in one treatment unlike most over-the-counter, do-it-yourself remedies such as combs or shampoos. The last thing you need is lice returning after using at-home treatments, and our one-time professional treatments are 99 percent effective in getting rid of lice for good.

Visit Licenders

If you or any of your family members are experiencing a dry and itchy scalp and need to be screened or treated for lice, don’t wait. Feel free to come to one of our clinics as a walk-in or schedule an appointment by contacting us or calling 888-984-3042. You can also book your appointment online now. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn for our latest tips and updates!

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