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Back to School – How to Make Sure Lice Doesn’t Come Home with Your Child

The clinic is busy this time of year!

We become the most popular place you didn’t know you needed!

We are, of course, talking about lice. The kids are heading back to school and head lice cases are common especially with school age children.

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Head lice are nothing to panic about and you don’t need to let the possibility of an infestation ruin how cute all the kids are with their new clothes and backpacks. Making new friends and seeing classmates from last year is far more important than trying to make absolutely certain that your child does not get lice.

However, there are a few things you can keep in mind at the beginning of the school year. Prevention of head lice is not foolproof, but there are a few things you can do without needing to be paranoid. In addition, it’s a good idea to have a plan filed away just in case your child ends up with a case.

Have a Plan

The plan can be simple. In fact, there is no need for anything complicated, but just having a plan can make dealing with lice better for you and others at your school.

Step 1) The first step is always to remember not to panic! Head lice are a nuisance (although there is a quick and effective way to deal with them now), but they don’t cause disease and are nothing to be ashamed of.

The CDC reminds us that head lice are spread mostly through head to head contact so, “Getting head lice is not related to cleanliness of the person or his or her environment.” If your child gets head lice it does not reflect on your parenting. AND if someone else’s child has head lice, it does not reflect poorly on their parents or environment.

Step 2) Find out what your school’s policy is for dealing with head lice. Just keep the plan on file so that you have it if you need it.

Step 3) Know which personnel to inform at your child’s school in the event of an infestation. The faster the school is informed the better the case can be contained so have the email addresses or phone numbers ready to go.

Step 4) Explain to your child how lice spread. There is a good chance that your child will act like a kid and not think about lice while they are playing at recess, but this step will help you feel better! And really, while it is good for children to know not to share hair accessories or hats, I know I would rather just let my child act like a kid.

Lice Prevention

It is possible to totally prevent head lice…but it involves shaving off all the hair on your child’s head, including their eyebrows!

A total head shave is too extreme for most parents, but there are a few other things you can do. Keeping long hair pulled back goes a long way for prevention. Head lice need to stay on human hair close to the scalp to survive. They cannot fly or jump, but they do crawl.

Almost always, head lice are spread when the hair of an infested person comes into contact with the hair of someone else. Yes, it is possible to get lice in a few other ways (hats, combs, etc.), but it is almost always direct hair to hair contact. So making hair to hair contact less likely is a great form of prevention.

In addition to keeping hair short or pulled back, there are a few products that aid in prevention. The Lice Clinics of America sell a shampoo, conditioner, and spray that use essential oils that lice don’t like. These products make it less likely for lice to move to your child’s hair. They do not treat an active infestation.

Lice Treatment Plan

The last step in getting ready for school and dealing with lice is to have a treatment plan for what you will do if your child gets lice. You can try treating the lice at home with over the counter products or natural at home remedies. However, the Lice Clinics of America has a quick, effective, and safe treatment system.

Find the nearest clinic and save the phone number in your phone so you are ready in case you need treatment. The treatment takes 90 minutes or less and kills live lice AND eggs without the use of any harmful chemicals. There is no need to stumble through home treatments that may or may not work when you can have a professional get it done with guaranteed results.

Make your plan, consider prevention, and save the number of your nearest Lice Clinics of America treatment center. Then enjoy your children at this adorable age heading back to school one year older!

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Everything You Need to Know About Super Lice

Head lice are becoming more and more resistant to most conventional lice-treatment products in California. As a result, these “Super Lice” are becoming more difficult to kill, increasing frustration and anxiety among parents.

Here’s everything you need to know brought you by Lice Clinics of America.

Super Lice – What You Need to Know

Not so super after all! “Super lice” means lice that have developed resistance to pesticides used for killing them. It is a term coined by the media in 2015 after published research showed strains of head lice had developed resistance to pyrethroids, the type of pesticide used in over-the-counter lice treatments.

Expanded research published in 2016 showed that lice samples from 48 states carried the pesticide-resistant genes. Southern Illinois biologist Dr. Kyong Yoon has been researching lice with Dr. John Marshall Clark at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for 15 years. These researchers have found that over that period, lice have gotten more and more resistant to pyrethroid products. In one report they noted that studies from 1995 indicated that permethrin was at least 96 percent effective, but recent reports are showing efficacy rates dropping to as low as 28 percent.

“If you have or your children are infested with head lice, there is a high chance that those lice are over-the-counter product resistant,” Dr. Yoon said at the time of the 2015 announcement.

All this means, however, is that lice are resistant to one type of treatment. “Super lice” is a misleading term because it conjures images of monstrous pests that can’t be killed by anything. The reality is that combing and nitpicking can still be effective, even if time-consuming and tedious; and so is the AirAllé® medical device, which kills lice and eggs (nits) through dehydration.

Lice have evolved resistance to other types of pesticides in other countries as well. There is no evidence showing that lice can evolve resistance to heated air (which is how AirAllé® kills lice) or manual removal.

KEEP KIDS IN THE GAME AND LICE FREE

As a parent, seeing your children out on the sports field supporting their team gives you a feeling of pride. Their effort on the field in support of their team builds their character. But, with the bumps and bruises that can also happen out on the field, you may question whether sports are doing good for your kids. Everything is relative, but here are some of the most significant benefits kids gain from sports:

Playing Sports Gets Kids Active

These days, getting kids away from their phones and video games isn’t always an easy prospect. Their enthusiasm for electronic devices and video games isn’t equaled when compared to doing chores or their homework.

But, sports being the fun, energizing activities that they are, kids tend to respond well to the idea of playing a game with their peers. Building outlets outside of video games is healthy for them, and it can encourage them to seek positive things in every aspect of their lives.

Sports Instill Good Qualities in Kids

Playing sports builds character in your kids. They learn about teamwork, dedication, and pursuing goals. The natural leaders emerge and develop their skills, and kids learn how to work together to achieve common goals. The fun of playing sports helps kids become more outgoing and confident as they work together alongside their peers.

Sports are a Good Outlet for Stress for Kids

Let’s face it: the world is a stressful place. And, this is true for kids, too. We all need an outlet to get out the angst of the average day. On the field, working out the stressors of life can help them be at ease.

Kids Who Play Sports Together Build Strong, Healthy Relationships

When kids work together at a common goal, they build bonds with their teammates that can last through their whole lifetime. Few other situations have the same innate team-building and relationship-building qualities. Kids who play together get to know one another and the cooperation in sports activities can build the same spirit in everything they do with their sports friends.

Playing Sports Gets Kids Outdoors

Remember the days when every neighborhood had its gang of kids running around, riding their bicycles, playing basketball, tag, or follow the leader? For most blocks, those days are long gone, but one thing that helps to bring back that old spirit is playing sports.

When kids play sports in school, they’re more likely to play when they’re at home, too. Kids playing a game outside can draw other kids out of the house to play, and the positive impact on your neighborhood is palpable.

Sports Are Great for Kids, But Watch Out for Lice!

Encouraging your kids to get involved with sports is a great thing. And, so is following these tips to help them avoid getting head lice:

  • Tell kids to avoid sharing equipment like hats, towels, or jackets.
  • Ensure your kid has their own locker, not one shared with another kid.
  • Encourage your kids not to throw their belongings in a pile with everyone else’s. Putting them in their own space prevents lice.
  • Tell your kids to avoid direct head-to-head contact with other kids.
  • Stay vigilant and pay attention to your kid’s hair. Watch for signs and symptoms of head lice so you can catch them early.
AirAlle lice treatment device in use

AirAllé: A Quick & Easy Solution For Effective Lice Treatment

The story of the AirAllé device started with a scientist, pigeons, and a problem. Dr. Dale Clayton was conducting studies on pigeon-infesting lice at the University of Utah. But, he ran into a puzzling situation. He found that it was difficult to keep the lice alive in the lab, whereas the lice had flourished in his lab in England.

After some discussion with his colleagues, they recommended installing humidifiers in the new lab to keep the lice alive. It turned out to work, and he was able to carry on with his research. He knew scientifically, then, that lice cannot survive in arid conditions.

Coincidentally, around the same time, his children came down with a case of head lice. When traditional chemical treatments failed to resolve his kids’ lice problem, Dr. Dale put two and two together. He began working to develop a device that uses controlled dry heat to eradicate lice.

Several Years of Work Toward Perfection

It took several years for the doctor to design a device that could eliminate lice reliably. He needed to find a balance between heat application and air flow that kills the lice without causing discomfort for the patient. He kept at it and developed a series of prototypes that worked better and better at eliminating lice comfortably.

With his prototypes showing much promise in the eradication of lice, Dr. Clayton published the results in the journal Pediatrics. There was an immediate and electric response to the piece, making it clear that interest was strong for such a device. People had a compelling need to resolve lice infestations without applying harsh chemicals that were bothersome and ineffective. The doctor was onto something.

He formed the company Larada Sciences, Inc, aiming to establish the developing lice-fighting design as a product on the market. From there, the story of the tremendous success of the AirAllé device came to fruition.

The scientists experimented with several ideas until they hit upon the perfect design. Through the construction of their series of prototypes, the team devised the optimal combination of powerful jets of heated air, the most effective angle of application, and a long enough duration of airflow to produce a device with the maximum effect against lice.

A Perfect Treatment with the Ideal Device

Today’s finished product is the AirAllé, an FDA-approved device that is our 99% effective treatment tool for head lice. We’ve perfected the technique to perform the most effective treatment every time. With established methods to eradicate lice from our clients’ hair, our clinics are the best answer for any case of head lice.

Since the inception of the AirAllé, our network of clinics has grown considerably. People are getting into the know that going to Lice Clinics of America is the surefire way to get rid of lice for good. When people with lice come into our clinics, it’s a relief for them to have a positive treatment solution that is guaranteed to work.

You only need one treatment with the AirAllé for a total resolution of head lice. It makes a recovery so much more comfortable than using toxic, complicated shampoos. Our clinicians are trained to make the experience pleasant, and you’ll go home happy that lice are a thing of the past. Call your local clinic and arrange an appointment today.

You May Have Lice and Not Even Know It

Could you have an infestation of head lice and not even know it?

The truth is that within the first weeks of an initial infestation the case often goes on without any evident symptoms. Even the itching commonly associated with head lice may not come on for several weeks.

You may have a co-worker who has recently discovered that they are infested, and so you suspect that you could have lice without even knowing it, too. It is common for no symptoms to occur for up to six weeks of infestation, so you may have lice and not yet know it. Also, up to half of the people who get head lice never have any itching.

Lice experts recommend doing a head check regularly, especially when you have been in contact with people who have identified lice in their hair.

Where Lice Are Most Likely to be Hiding in Your Hair

Lice can be hard to spot, so knowing the first places to look can help. Lice favor the areas around ears and the nape of the neck, so check there first.

The Best Method for Checking for Lice

Combing out lice and eggs

Using a fine-toothed lice comb is the expert-recommended way to check for lice. The combing method is much more efficient at spotting lice than a visual screening on its own.

It can be difficult for the untrained eye to see the difference between dandruff, dirt, dry skin and lice. You may need the services of a health care expert who is knowledgeable about the differences. They recognize lice and their eggs so you can have an official diagnosis rather than only the best guess.

Telling the Difference: The Appearance of Lice Versus Dandruff, Dry Skin, or Dirt

You can be sure you’ve spotted lice when you see them moving around on the lice comb. You may need a magnifying glass to detect them, and using a light source like a flashlight can help because lice flee from light.

Choosing the Best Treatment for Confirmed Infestations

When you’ve confirmed that you have lice, the first tip is to take it in stride. Lice infestations happen to good parents and children, too. An outbreak does not mean you are a poor parent or that your home is unclean. And, there are new treatments that can solve your lice problem quickly and efficiently.

The Most Professional and Effective Treatment Available for Lice

Over-the-counter treatments are woefully ineffective as lice have become resistant to the medicines used in them. To treat and eliminate head lice, you’ll need professional help for total eradication of the infestation.

An excellent alternative is to use the services of the Lice Clinics of America, a quickly growing network of clinics with the most revolutionary and effective treatments currently available. With their patented and FDA-established class I medical device, the AirAllé, they can provide an hour-long procedure that eliminates all of the lice in a patient’s hair and 99.2% of the nits, guaranteed.

The AirAllé is designed to dehydrate the lice and eggs in a patient’s hair through the microprocessor-controlled application of warm air. With more than 150 U.S. clinics and about 100 in other countries, the Lice Clinics of America is fast becoming the world’s go-to lice elimination center through their effective treatments. Come by today and eliminate lice permanently.

[VIDEO] What do Lice and Nits Look Like in Hair?

Are you or your child scratching your head wondering if you have lice?  Sometimes it is hard to tell.  We cover this in our recent article on how to distinguish between lice and dandruff, Lice are tiny and they tend to scurry away in the light.  To get a close up view of what to check for, watch this video below.

 

If you still are not sure, give us a call and we will perform a head check for you.  Upon our assessment, one of of friendly technicians will let you know what the best treatment options are for the individual needs of your family.  Give us a call today!

 

Vodka to Treat Head Lice? Not Our Kind of Happy Hour!

They are the bane of many parents’ lives.

Not only do headlice cause incessant itching, but treating them is an ordeal in itself, with tears, tantrums and products often potent enough to knock you out.

An article in the Daily Mail found that 8 percent of UK parents had tried to use Vodka to cure their children of head lice. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. People have tried all kinds of kooky, sometimes dangerous methods for lice removal.

Why? Because they are desperate.

“The mothers are at their NITS end!” The article says. “As head lice become more resistant than ever, parents reveal they’ve tried mayonnaise and even VODKA to banish the bugs.”

As the article mentions, head lice are becoming harder and harder to defeat. “Scientists have warned that lice are becoming increasingly resistant to products – leaving parents with fewer options than ever.”

That’s true. Traditional head lice treatment products are nearly completely ineffective as most lice are now resistant to the chemicals they use. The most recent research found that 98 percent of lice in 48 states in the U.S. are immune to pyrethroids, the class of insecticide used in traditional lice products.

Parents turn to the Internet for lice treatment advice and find recommendations for everything from mayonnaise (which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is unproven) to kerosene. You can also find recipes for petroleum jelly, olive oil, and peanut butter.

But You Don’t Have To

Fortunately, there has been a wave of innovation in the world of lice treatment over the past dozen years. One company stands out—Lice Clinics of America. The company has brought to market a medical device developed by researchers at the University of Utah that uses carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. Called AirAllé, the device has been cleared by the FDA and clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single treatment that takes about an hour—guaranteed.

The AirAllé device is a dream come true for parents that have battled head lice for weeks, months, and even years. Their families can now be lice-free in an hour. It’s no surprise that Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world with nearly 300 clinics in 33 countries.

For those without access to a treatment center or prefer to treat head lice at home, the AirAllé team has developed a new generation of home lice treatment products: the Lice Remover Kit and the Lice Preventer Kit. Both are self-contained packages that include everything needed—a non-toxic gel, easy applicator, and comb—to remove or prevent lice faster, easier, and more effectively than traditional lice treatment products.

The Lice Remover Kit kills lice and eggs and is guaranteed when used as directed. The Lice Preventer Kit can be used as a kind of lice repellent with a once-a-week application for ongoing use, or for occasions when children are at a higher risk of head lice such as at sleepovers or camps.

The AirAllé medical device, the Lice Remover Kit, and the Lice Preventer Kit bring the latest science and medicine to the battle against head lice with safe, fast, effective products. So far with the AirAllé device and non-toxic gel, Lice Clinics of America has treated more than 400,000 cases of head lice with a 99 percent success rate.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Head Lice Guidance

American Academy of Pediatricians Updates Head Lice Guidance

 

In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’s 2010 report.  The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head lice.

“Head lice infestation is associated with limited morbidity but causes a high level of anxiety among parents of school-aged children,” the report says. “Since the 2010 clinical report on head lice was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, newer medications have been approved for the treatment of head lice. This revised clinical report clarifies current diagnosis and treatment protocols and provides guidance for the management of children with head lice in the school setting.”

The AAP recognizes that head lice in the United States have developed resistance to the most popular over-the-counter lice products (pediculicides). As a by-product of this resistance, some parents have over-applied the medications, hoping that using more of the products would make them more successful. The AAP warns against this, saying, “the potential for misdiagnosis and the resulting improper use of pediculicides and the emergence of resistance to both available and newer products, many without proof of efficacy or safety, call for increased physician involvement in the diagnosis and treatment.”

“The prevalence of resistance has not been systematically studied but seems to be highly variable from community to community and country to country.” In fact, the most recent study released shows 100 percent of lice in 42 states are resistant to the active ingredients in over-the-counter lice products.

“The ideal treatment of lice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, readily available without a prescription, easy to use, effective, and inexpensive,” the report says.  The article notes that the overall spending on lice treatment has risen to nearly $1 billion annually, with as many as 12 million children contracting head lice each year.

AAP lists the AirAllé® as effective lice treatment device

For the first time, the AAP lists 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.”

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.

Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. Some 180 clinics have opened in the United States to date with approximately 300 clinics worldwide.

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Lice Insecticides – What You Need to Know

In a world of organic-everything, why are we still considering harsh chemical treatments for lice treatment when there are other options out there?

As published by Lice Clinic of America, we examine the good, the bad, and the worse regarding the insecticides in traditional over the counter treatments.

The most common over-the-counter lice treatment products use pyrethrin, an industrial insecticide used to kill lice. Natural pyrethrin is a derivative of the Chrysanthemum flower. Its synthetic equivalent is permethrin. Together the chemicals are referred to as pyrethroids.

There are some 3,500 products that use pyrethroids in varying concentrations, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. These products include home, agricultural, and garden pest control products. Some anti-mosquito clothing uses fabric treated with pyrethroids.

When used for head lice, pyrethroids are usually combined or synergized with piperonyl butoxide. The two chemicals act synergistically to kill lice by acting on nerve cell membranes and interrupting signals travelling between the brain and the muscles. The lice/parasites become paralyzed and die because they are unable to breathe or eat.

According to the Extension Toxicology Network (A Project of Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University, and the University of California at Davis), “Synthetic pyrethroid compounds vary in their toxicity as do the natural pyrethrins. Inhaling high levels of pyrethrum may bring about asthmatic breathing, sneezing, nasal stuffiness, headache, nausea, incoordination, tremors, convulsions, facial flushing and swelling, and burning and itching sensations. The most severe poisonings have been reported in infants who are not able to efficiently break down pyrethrum.”

Recent studies have linked pyrethroids to early puberty in boys and to behavior problems in children whose mothers were exposed to pyrethroids when pregnant.

Few head lice treatment products advertise themselves as insecticides, as most parents would not knowingly shampoo a child’s head with a toxic substance. While the products are deemed safe when used as directed, health authorities recognize that many parents tend to over-apply the products in a misguided attempt to kill lice. Parents are often in a panicked state when dealing with head lice and think that more shampoo is better than less, perhaps believing that more frequent applications may help eradicate lice more quickly.

As troubling as the research on pyrethroid risks is, of more concern may be the fact that pyrethroid-based lice products no longer work. Multiple studies have found that in the United States and other countries where these products have been used for decades to treat head lice, most head lice are now immune to pyrethroids. This suggests that parents may be unknowingly exposing their children to health risks with products that may not be effective against lice. Dubbed “super lice,” the most recent study found that 98 percent of lice tested in 48 states now carry a genetic mutation that makes them impervious to pyrethroids.

Fortunately, researchers have gotten ahead of the combination of the health risks and diminishing effectiveness of over-the-counter lice medications. Researchers at the University of Utah developed a medical device that dehydrates lice and eggs in a matter of minutes. The device, called AirAllé, was cleared by the FDA in 2010 and is clinically proven to kill live lice and 99 percent of eggs.

Come visit us at any Lice Clinic of America location for safe an effective treatment, without all the harmful chemicals!

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The Life Cycle of Head Lice and Why They Seem to Live Forever

How long do lice live? And why are they so hard to get rid of ourselves?  One would think they would just die off after a certain period of time but they just end up getting worse over time without an effective treatment plan.  

Brought to you by Lice Clinics of America, we examine the full life cycle of head lice.

Head lice can survive on a human head for approximately 30 days. Head lice live on your head as either lice eggs referred to as nits or hatched lice. Hatched lice can either be adult lice and nymphs (baby lice).

The adult louse is no bigger than a sesame seed and is grayish-white or tan. Nymphs are smaller and become adult lice roughly 10 days after they hatch.

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Lice egg on hair shaft

Lice feed on blood from your scalp several times a day. Although some lice have been observed living up to 2 days off the scalp, most lice die within 15 hours of coming off the head without their food source.

Head lice only live for about three to four weeks. An adult female louse will lay about three- five eggs each day. She attaches each egg with a cement-like material that does not wash out. These cemented in eggs are the reason most DIY treatments or home lice kits aren’t very effective.  You need to get ALL of these eggs out to fully end the cycle of lice. They are very small and easy to miss for non-professionals.  

The eggs do not grow, move or cause any health problems. Once fully developed, the nymph breaks out of the egg, crawls onto the hair and leaves behind the now-empty eggshell. The empty eggshell will never produce another louse, but it will remain glued to the hair until it is broken or cut off.

The nymph will grow in size and shed its skin every few days until it has matured to become an adult. Only adult females can lay eggs.

If you or someone you know is struggling with lice outbreaks, Lice Clinics of America offers the only FDA-cleared solution that is guaranteed.  We also offer insurance reimbursement for those with plans that qualify.  Give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly technicians today.