Traditionally there have been three options for head lice treatment: drugstore pesticide shampoos, nit-picking, or home remedies. Each of these present challenges. Many drugstore head lice products use pyrethroids, a class of pesticides. Head lice in 48 states as well as some other countries, have developed resistance to pyrethroids. These chemicals have also been linked to behavior problems in children. Most parents do not want to apply pesticide to their child’s hair.
“Many parents have come to us after weeks of battling lice with over the counter DIY lice treatments, some have spent hundreds of dollars on treatments that don’t work and countless hours cleaning their house and washing bedding,” says Lisa Liss, Area Manager of Lice Clinics of America locations in Encino, Los Angeles (Wilshire-Fairfax) and Santa Clarita.
Common home remedies include smothering a child’s head with mayonnaise or petroleum jelly overnight. Mayonnaise? Petroleum jelly? These approaches are meant to suffocate live lice. “Natural” treatments recommended like tea tree oil can actually prove toxic if over-applied and may cause irritation.
These methods, even if they are effective at killing live lice (some work as little as 25% of the time), do not kill lice eggs. Killing lice eggs (nits) is the most difficult part of a lice treatment. They are hard to see and remove. If you miss just one egg, you’ll have a fresh case of head lice to deal with once it hatches.
“Countless parents come to us after unsuccessful home treatment – all they’ve gotten is more frustration” says Liss.
Combing and nitpicking is a long and tedious process which may not be successful. “Steel yourself for weeks or months of vigilance since lice can reappear due to repeated exposure or a missed nit.” As Health.com points out, “It’s best to approach lice as a war on many fronts: You need to use a variety of techniques to kill not only adult lice, but also their tiny eggs (called nits), which are glued to the hair shaft. The nits can survive treatments that kill the adults and vice versa.”
Fortunately, scientists at the University of Utah have come to the rescue with a revolutionary medical device called the AirAllé that kills lice by applying controlled heated air to the hair and scalp, dehydrating live lice and eggs in a single treatment that takes just 60-90 minutes.
AirAllé Lice Treatment
The AirAllé has been through a lengthy FDA-clearance process. In clinical trials it was found to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs. The AirAllé is operated in clinics by certified technicians and results are guaranteed when all family members are checked for lice and treated in the case of an active infestation.
The device only uses heated air to kill lice and eggs – there are no harmful pesticides and no lengthy nitpicking process. And it’s a lot more pleasant than sleeping with a head full of mayonnaise!
“It’s amazing to see the relief of a happy mom who leaves our clinic lice-free after having tried everything to get rid of lice” says Liss. Keep pesticides out of your hair. Leave mayonnaise on sandwiches. Lice Clinics of America uses science to treat head lice.
Lice Clinics of America has over 330 treatment centers in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America is open seven days a week by appointment. Call 844-727-9792, email info@LiceClinicsLosAngeles.com, or visit www.LiceClinicsLosAngeles.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.