Lice. Nobody wants them. However, kids do tend to get them. And pass them around school, camp, and sleepovers. When my long-haired daughter discovered she had these unwelcome visitors, we looked around for the quickest and most reliable way to get rid of these things. The over-the-counter pesticides and the olive oil smothering treatments may work…eventually. However, heat treatment is actually the fastest and most reliable way to get rid of lice–literally once and done– and this clinic offers heat treatments and is conveniently located.
This is how it works: you bring in everyone in your immediate family with hair on their head, they check everyone’s heads, and treat everyone affected. If you do this, they guarantee the service for 30 days. The cost for the head check is waived if the person has lice and gets the treatment. The treatment consists of a heat treatment, a nit comb-out, and a smothering treatment to kill anything left that survived the heat. There are no toxic pesticides. You are supposed to walk out lice-free. They give you follow-up instructions (another nit-combing to remove dead nits and debris, and cleaning instructions that are nowhere near as extensive as I expected. Lice, it turns out, don’t move much, hatch, or live long when they are not on hair). They even give you a little lint-roller so you can clean out clothes and car seats before driving home. There is a free follow-up head check as well to make sure the lice are absolutely, positively gone.
The clinic is clean and all “hard” surfaces–no uncleanable nooks for bugs to get lost in. The heat treatment was, according to my daughter, comfortable, and felt like “a shower of warm air.” Liz, the owner, is very friendly and reassuring, and has various devices available to keep kids entertained during the process. She is skilled at spotting lice and nits, and also at the comb-out (good for those who have long, easily-tangled hair). In fact, going to this clinic was a pleasant experience for those of us who weren’t lousy, and wasn’t that bad for my daughter either. The clinic also has new hair brushes for sale, which is a helpful thing if you decide just to throw out the old one.
But the best thing of all–my child walked out of that clinic lice-free and is still lice free! 2 hours of our day and a few extra loads of laundry, a little vacuuming, boil or freeze some hair accessories–pretty much everything was back to normal that very night. I highly recommend this place; they do a great job and it really works quickly and reliably.
Note: there is not a Pokestop at the clinic, but there is one directly across Rockville Pike in the Barnes and Noble. We stopped by that one on our way in to the followup.