School breaks—summer, winter, and spring—are peak lice times as kids spend more unstructured time together. “We see it every year,” said Lisa Liss, manager of Lice Clinics of America – Los Angeles. “Our phones start ringing after every break because kids go back to school with head lice.”
Liss has some tips for head lice prevention and treatment to keep lice out of your life or to eradicate them as quickly as possible. “We recommend that you get a professional screening before your child returns to school,” she said. “Head lice can be very difficult to correctly diagnose. We find that parents either mistake dandruff for head lice or think actual head lice eggs, also called nits, are just dandruff. Many people don’t realize they have lice until several weeks into an infestation.”
The Encino, Santa Clarita and West LA clinics offers professional screenings for a modest fee, which is waived if live lice are found and treatment is scheduled.
“We also carry a complete line of lice prevention products that are highly effective when used properly,” Liss said. “They’re completely nontoxic and a great way to prevent head lice during school breaks.” Preventive products include shampoos, conditioners, and sprays that can be used daily or when exposure to head lice is likely.
“It’s also important to be educated about head lice to avoid unnecessary risks,” Liss said. “Head lice spread mainly through head-to-head contact—they don’t jump or fly but they can scramble from one head to another in a matter of seconds.” Parents can reduce exposure to head lice infestations by keeping children’s hair short or pulled back in tight buns or braids, and by checking for head lice after high contact situations like sleepovers or shared vacation rooms.
Early detection can make treatment easier and ensure that head lice don’t spread to other family members. Liss has good news for parents that are confronted with lice after spring break or at any other time. “Head lice don’t have to be a nightmare. Come to our clinic and you can be lice free in about an hour, guaranteed.”
That’s no “snake oil” pitch. It’s an FDA-cleared, clinically proven fact. Lice Clinics of America is the greater Los Angeles exclusive provider of head lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device. Developed by researchers at the University of Utah, AirAllé kills lice and eggs through dehydration using carefully controlled heated air. In clinical trials, it killed live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs. Treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.
Traditional lice treatments require multiple applications and tedious nitpicking to remove eggs. Lice have developed resistance to the pesticides traditional products use, and it is not uncommon for families to struggle with head lice for weeks or months at a time. “We want families to be lice-free after spring break and all year round,” Liss said. “But if you do get head lice, we’re here to make getting rid of them easy.”
With 330 clinics worldwide in 36 countries, Lice Clinics of America (www.LiceClinicsOfAmerica.com) is the largest network of professional head lice treatment centers in the world. Its patented heated-air device, AirAllé, has effectively performed more than 500,000 head lice treatments with a success rate of over 99 percent.