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American Academy of Pediatricians Updates Head Lice Guidance

Have you ever wondered what to do about head lice?

Have you ever wanted to see the treatment options addressed all in one place with the pros and cons?

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) put together an article in 2015 updating the information that had previously been available in a 2010 report. This new report “clarifies current diagnosis and treatment protocols and provides guidance for the management of children with head lice in the school setting.”

There are always new products and procedures being developed. For a parent, it can be overwhelming to do a Google search and see so many options. This AAP article is a great overview of general treatment styles as well as some specifics. Included in this report is the treatment provided at the Lice Clinics of America.

Over the course of the last few years there has been a huge increase in lice that are resistant to some of the most common forms of treatment. It used to be that a child would be diagnosed with lice at school or home and a treatment with over the counter lice shampoo was an effective treatment. Yes, it still needed to be combined with careful combing with a lice comb to remove any young lice after they hatch, but it was a good start.

However, the number of resistant lice has skyrocketed so that most of the common over the counter pesticide shampoos are not as effective as they used to be. The title on this article, “Vast Majority of States Overrun by Treatment Resistant Head Lice” may be sensational, but the article makes the point that lice shampoos simply aren’t as effective as they used to be.

What should you expect from a treatment for head lice? Is the only consideration cost, or should effectiveness be the primary consideration? What about safety? In the same 2015 report, the AAP lists their considerations for the treatment of head lice like this, “Optimal treatments should be safe, should rapidly rid the individual of live lice, viable eggs, and residual nits, and should be easy to use and affordable. Additionally, because lice infestation is benign, treatments should not be associated with adverse effects and should be reserved for patients on whom living lice are found.”

With these considerations in view, it is exciting to see something new that made the list of approved treatments.

A New Safe and Effective Device For Treatment

As part of the update, the AAP listed the AirAllé® medical device as an effective lice treatment device. “The AirAllé® (Larada Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT) device is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice. One study showed that subjects had nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice.”

Lice Clinic Interior

Clinic Interior

The AirAllé® device is the only treatment option listed in the AAP report that uses heated air. A clinical trial showed that the FDA-cleared medical device killed live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs. It uses nothing but heated air, carefully controlled and applied, to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are no chemicals involved and no nitpicking is required.

Lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers, where certified staff use the device to remove live lice and eggs. The process takes from 30-90 minutes, depending on the extent of the infestation and the length of the hair. Most clinics guarantee success as long as all household members are checked for head lice prior to treatment.

If you want to read what the AAP report has to say, click here for the article and under the section titled “Treatment” scroll until you find the subsection titled “Desiccation.”

What To Do

Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. Some 150 clinics have opened in the United States to date with approximately 100 clinics in 20 additional countries.

Find the nearest clinic to keep on file in case you or a friend need it or call and schedule your appointment today if you are dealing with an infestation. You just can’t beat a fast, safe, and effective treatment!

 

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