No Itch Doesn’t Equal No Lice
SHARING IS CARING
CAN YOU HAVE HEAD LICE AND NOT KNOW IT?
While itching is a primary symptom of head lice, and most people associate head lice with an itchy scalp, many people are surprised to find they have lice but no symptoms—at least for the first few weeks of an infestation.
In fact, it can take up to six weeks for a child or adult to develop the typical itchiness that might prompt a head check. And even then, half the people with lice still won’t exhibit any symptoms associated with lice. Most lice experts encourage parents of young children to regularly check their children’s heads for lice. It is important to check thoroughly, as lice are notoriously difficult to see.
WHERE TO CHECK FOR LICE
The first place to check for head lice is around the ears and the nape of the neck. Those are the locations on the scalp lice seem to like best, due to being in a warm place away from direct sunlight.
HOW TO CHECK FOR LICE
Experts recommend using a fine-toothed comb to check for head lice up against the scalp. A study in the journal Pediatric Dermatology found that a lice comb is four times more effective at finding lice than a visual inspection alone.
Be aware that dandruff, dirt, and other common debris found in the hair are commonly confused with lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the best person to perform a head check for lice may be someone trained to identify these parasites, like a health care provider, school nurse, or one of our professional lice clinic staff member here at Lice Clinics of America Greenville. Head checks are only $25 per family member. And if we find lice, we waive the head check fee if you are treated in clinic the same day.
WHAT LICE LOOK LIKE
To avoid mistaking a louse from a piece of dry skin or dandruff, it is important to know what head lice look like. If you pull lice out with a lice comb, live lice will be moving. If you are performing a visual inspection, use a magnifying glass and light to look for live lice. Lice will flee light. Some recommend wetting the hair first in order to slow the louse’s ability to move.
LICE TREATMENT OPTIONS
If you do find lice on a child, don’t panic. Lice don’t cause serious health problems, and lice outbreaks don’t have anything to do with personal hygiene. It simply means that your child had contact with someone that had lice. You didn’t do anything wrong. Staying calm can help you and your child find the right treatment.
Many panicked parents rush to drugstores to buy lice treatment products that may not work. Multiple studies show that the vast majority (98 percent in 42 states) of lice in the United States and other countries are now resistant to the most popular over-the-counter lice products. Applying these products can be an exercise in futility.
A new alternative for lice treatment is available from Lice Clinics of America in Greenville, SC—a fast-growing network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America has revolutionized lice treatment with its AirAllé medical device—an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs in a single session that takes about an hour.
The AirAllé works by using carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are more than 150 Lice Clinics of America clinics in the U.S. and another 100 or so in 20 countries. Lice Clinics of America also offers a home Lice Removal Kit that makes home treatment much easier and more effective.
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Most parents don’t deal with head lice until they have to—when a child comes home with lice. This typically launches a frantic search for a way to end the problem as quickly as possible.
Until recently, that search has essentially led to three options—using drug store pesticide products, trying home remedies, or manual “nitpicking.” The problem with these solutions is that a) drug store pesticide products no longer work; b) home remedies are medically unsound at best and downright dangerous at worst; and c) nitpicking is prone to human error and often results in protracted bouts with head lice.
What’s rarely discussed, however, is how to prevent lice from finding your child’s head in the first place. There are behavioral solutions to prevent head lice (don’t share hats and hair accessories, don’t touch heads taking selfies, etc.) and there are now products available that can go a long way towards preventing head lice from hopping on your child’s head.
These products have been developed by the same company, Larada Sciences, that worked with scientists and researchers to develop the most effective lice treatment product in decades—the AirAllé medical device. An AirAllé treatment is guaranteed to cure a lice infestation in a single, 60-minute session, and is available at Lice Clinics of America urgent care centers throughout the United States.
Lice Clinics of America clinics also offer preventive products in the form of shampoos, conditioners, and sprays. The products use non-toxic essential oils with aromas that are hostile to head lice (don’t worry, they smell just fine to humans). Because lice spread primarily through head-to-head contact, these products work as repellants. In vitro tests have shown lice avoid these essential oils.
Regular use of these products may make it less likely that your child will contract head lice. Parents that have been through the battle with head lice love the products. They know what stress, discomfort, money, and time can be saved by deterring head lice, and they are the most vigilant when it comes to lice prevention.
Treating head lice is getting more and more difficult using traditional methods. Multiple studies have shown that most lice in the United States are now resistant to the most popular lice products found on drug store shelves. Many parents turn to the Internet for advice and are steered towards home remedies that are unproven (see what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has to say). And manual removing, a.k.a. nitpicking, is tedious, time-consuming, and prone to human error.
If it is too late for prevention and you’re dealing with head lice in your family, we recommend you get treated with the AirAllé device. The AirAllé is an FDA-cleared, Class I medical device that has been clinically proven to be safe, fast, and effective. The entire treatment process takes about an hour. There are no chemicals involved, and no nitpicking is required.
For more information about Lice Clinics of America, and to find a clinic where the AirAllé lice treatment and lice prevention products are available, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.
In most states, cosmetology regulations make it against the law to cut or style the hair of someone with head lice. Yet stylists are reporting more and more cases of head lice in their salons, which can be due to the fact that most lice are now resistant to the most common anti-lice products. So what is the best way to handle the situation if you find bugs in your client’s hair? Here is a simple 6-step plan.
- Confirm that what you see are lice. Identifying head lice can be tricky. A 2000 studyby the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that people often mistake dandruff as head lice. Lice are brownish bugs about the size of sesame seeds. See the article, “Is it Head Lice or Dandruff,” to get it right.
- Don’t panic. Except for the itching, lice are harmless. Also, medical researchers have found no link between hygiene and head lice—your client isn’t dirty. Remember: lice can only spread by head-to-head contact, so as long as you’re not head-butting your client, you’re safe.
- Communicate calmly. Your client might want to shoot the messenger! You can make the difference between sending your client into a panic or simply helping him or her solve a problem. Calmly state that the client didn’t do anything wrong, and that 6-12 million people get lice every year, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Let him or her know that there are now same-day treatment services available that remove lice and eggs in about an hour, guaranteed!
- Give sound advice. It is now proven science that traditional over-the-counter lice medications are no longer effective. Lice have developed resistance. Here’s the scientific study that proves it. This means that if you send your client to the drug store, you might be sending him or her into an abyss of futility. Also, you should discourage home remedies. These range from the ridiculous (mayonnaise) to the dangerous (kerosene). Seriously. People have died from using these things to treat lice.
- Direct the client to a medically proven solution. Lice Clinics of America offers the only FDA-cleared medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment that takes about an hour. Success is guaranteed. The company also offers a non-toxic home Lice Remover Kit that makes home lice removal much easier and more effective.
- Invite them back. People are often embarrassed about having head lice. You can help them feel comfortable by letting your clients know that they are welcome back when they’re lice-free. You might even offer to make room for them later the same day if they get treated at a Lice Clinics of America clinic. You don’t want to lose a client just because you were the bearer of bad news. You can also be the superhero for recommending a “one and done” solution!
It can take a long time to get rid of head lice. People have reported dealing with outbreaks for months and even years. This is because most treatments don’t provide the one-and-done solution parents are looking for.
Over-the-counter (OTC) lice medications, for example, call for an initial application of a lice shampoo followed by several days of checking and combing out lice and eggs, then applying a second round of the lice shampoo.
OTC medications often fail for a couple of reasons. First, most lice in the United States are now immune to the chemical insecticides, called pyrethroids, used by the most popular products, according to multiple studies. Second, even if the chemicals are effective, there is a significant human factor in successful lice treatment. You have to remove every louse and egg (nit) in order for treatment to be successful, and both are very difficult to see and remove. So, people often spend weeks, months, or years dealing with head lice.
There’s also the fact that OTC products, even if effective, only kill live lice and do nothing to rid the head of eggs, or nits. The nits must still be manually combed out and removed or they will hatch, and the head lice will return.
Also, depending on how a child contracted head lice in the first place, there is no guarantee that the source of the problem has been eliminated. You get lice primarily from other people, so if your child is spending time with the same children at school, day care, sports programs, or other activities, he or she may be exposed to lice over and over again.
There are new products available that remove much or all of the risk of long-term lice infestations. Lice Clinics of America has introduced the AirAllé device, an FDA-cleared, clinically proven medical device that is guaranteed to kill live lice and eggs in a single session that lasts about an hour.
The AirAllé device takes a novel non-chemical approach to killing lice and eggs. It uses warm air to systematically dehydrate lice and eggs, eliminating both the need for insecticides and the need for weeks of combing and checking for lice. Treatment with the AirAllé medical device is available at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers throughout the United States and in 20 additional countries.
Lice Clinics of America has also introduced lice prevention products in the form of conditioners, sprays, and shampoos that can help protect children (and anyone else) from getting lice in the first place. The Lice Clinics of America shampoos, sprays, and conditioners use a scent that is perfectly fine for humans but not for lice. These lice repellants can be used daily.
Lice Clinics of America with the AirAllé medical device and its home treatment products represent the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. The products are the result of more than a decade of scientific research at the University of Utah and elsewhere. There are more than 150 clinics in the United States and a hundred more throughout the world.
Parents get anxious when their children have head lice—the bugs are creepy. For centuries, head lice have been associated with (incorrectly, we might add) poor hygiene, embarrassing parents and heightening the anxiety.
It’s been pointed out many times that head lice pose no real health threat to humans. Yes, the scalp itches, and yes, treating head lice can be frustrating, but as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says: “Head lice should not be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Head lice are not known to spread disease. Head lice can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.”
So, the most physical damage head lice can cause to a child is a secondary skin infection, and this is relatively rare.
But that’s not the end of the story. There are health risks associated with head lice, but not from what you might think.
Is the Cure Worse than the Problem?
According to pest control experts at IdentifyUS, “The greatest harm associated with head lice results from the well-intentioned but misguided use of caustic or toxic substances to eliminate the lice.”
In other words, the retail products and home remedies for head lice can cause more health problems than the lice alone might cause. A 2017 study in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports that “exposure to certain pyrethroids, at environmental levels, may negatively affect neurobehavioral development by 6 years of age.”
Pyrethroids are the chemicals used in over-the-counter lice products. A 2015 study in Environmental Health found that, “Pyrethroid pesticides cause abnormalities in the dopamine system and produce an ADHD phenotype in animal models, with effects accentuated in males versus females. However, data regarding behavioral effects of pyrethroid exposure in children is limited.”
Then there are home remedies—mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, even kerosene—recommended by well-meaning parents as fool-proof lice treatments. The idea is to smother the lice with some gooey substance that will suffocate them. Unfortunately, these “cures” usually involve wrapping a child’s head in plastic overnight to keep the substance in place. This practice has had tragic results.
A New Approach
It doesn’t have to be this way. A relatively new lice treatment removes lice quickly and effectively without the risks of pesticides and home treatments. It’s called the AirAllé device, and it’s a Class I medical device cleared by the FDA as a safe and effective cure for head lice.
The AirAllé device uses microprocessor-controlled warm air, applied by trained technicians to dehydrate live lice and eggs in a matter of minutes. It has been clinically proven to kill lice and more than 99 percent of eggs.
Treatment using the AirAllé medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers. With more than 150 clinics in the U.S. and another 100 in 20 other countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest and fastest-growing network of lice treatment centers in the world. Treatment using the AirAllé device takes about 60 to 90 minutes, and is guaranteed to be effective.
To learn more or to find a clinic, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.
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.
To learn more, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.
A new law took effect in Texas on September 1, 2017, requiring elementary schools to notify parents of every child in a class where a student has been found to have head lice.
The law, Senate Bill 1566, requires schools to notify parents of the affected child within 48 hours once a nurse or administrator determines or becomes aware that the child has head lice. The notice is required to include recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to treat and prevent head lice.
This means that Texas schools will no longer send home children with lice or require them to stay at home until they are lice-free. Instead, parents will be advised to check and/or treat their children for lice.
The policy is based on the priority of keeping kids in class, as head lice do not spread disease and are not considered a serious health problem. The National Association of School Nurses and the National Academy of Pediatrics support the state’s policy.
The policy is not without controversy. Many parents oppose it, assuming that allowing children with lice to remain in school will inevitably lead to more cases of head lice throughout the school year.
“I could bring my kid home tomorrow with head lice, and go out and spend the money or whatever to get rid of it, and if they’re not sending kids home with it, she’s just going to come home again the next day with the problem all over again,” a parent told News Channel 10 in Amarillo.
School officials disagree. “Academics are very very important, and because it’s not a communicable disease, there’s no reason for children not to be in school,” Amarillo Independent School District’s Director of Health Programs, Brenda Adams, told the station.
“Healthy students make better learners,” Debi Mills, healthcare coordinator for the school district in Wichita Falls, told News Channel 6 in that city. “Our job as school nurses is to keep students in the classroom.”
Another concern is the possible administrative burden of notifying every parent within 48 hours of the detection of head lice. There is some concern that if lice outbreaks become more common—as many believe will happen since lice are becoming resistant to the most common recommended treatments—sending letters to every parent in every classroom where lice are present could be difficult.
Lice Clinics of America, the largest network of professional lice clinics in the world, supports the stay-in-school policy, and is an advocate of the de-stigmatization of head lice. The clinics offer a revolutionary lice treatment using an FDA-cleared medical device that is clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment that takes about an hour.
Pedro Gonzalez, manager of a Lice Clinics of America treatment center in El Paso, told KFOX 14 that he says he thinks the letters home to parents are a good idea. “Not many parents are going to be checking their heads if they don’t know,” Gonzalez said. “A letter could instigate parents to check their child’s head.”
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