There is a new medically proven lice-removal product that uses heated air to dehydrate and kill both lice and eggs. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s safe. There are no chemicals involved, no weeks-long comb out period, and no human error to worry about. The entire process only takes about an hour, and the results will be the end of your lice infestation – we promise!. A detailed description of the process can be found here: https://lcasacramento.com/we_do_it/
The product is a medical device developed by scientists at the University of Utah and branded as the AirAlle’ and offered exclusively in Sacramento through Lice Clinics of America. Researchers observed that it was difficult to keep the insects alive in the arid desert climate, which led to the discovery that heated air can kill lice and eggs through dehydration. Fast forward a few years of product design, clinical trials and the FDA regulation process, and the result is the AirAllé medical device—a scientifically proven, FDA-cleared medical device that kills live lice and eggs in a single treatment. Click for more details: https://lcasacramento.com/about-airalle/
This stands in stark contrast to the traditional method of lice removal that involves treating the hair and scalp pesticides, and then carefully combing out the lice and their eggs (nits) for several weeks. That’s a tough process for parents, teachers, nurses and anyone else involved in the lice-removal process.
And success is never assured, for two reasons:
First, pesticides are losing their effectiveness. Recent studies show that the majority of head lice in the United States have become resistant to the pesticides. These are the so called Super Lice.
Second, even if the pesticides work, the pesticides will NOT kill egg (nits), and eggs are the primary challenge in lice removal. Live lice are relatively easy to remove. Nits are much more difficult. Nits look like tiny specs glued to hair follicles so strongly that they must be manually removed. This means that someone has to search through the hair, follicle by follicle, searching for and removing nits. Any missed nits will hatch, and the whole process will start over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends combing out hair every 2-3 days for up to three weeks to make sure that “reinfestation” does not occur.
Three weeks of near-daily inspections is difficult for parents and children alike. For parents, it is stressful and time-consuming. For children, it is uncomfortable and time-consuming.
Therefore, the introduction of medically sound, technologically advanced solution is welcome news to anyone involved in the lice removal process.
The makers of the AirAllé device have also started the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment clinics in the world – Lice Clinics of America —now available in more than 100 locations in the U.S. and in 20 countries, and growing fast. A map of all locations can be found here: http://www.airalle.com/treatment-locations/
Although most people’s first impulse upon learning they have lice is to run to the local drug store or their doctor, the perfect prescription for head lice removal isn’t available from either. That’s because the perfect solution to a lice infestation isn’t a prescription at all; the perfect solution is hot air. Read on to see how hot air can cure you of lice. But first, what’s so wrong with the products you can get from the drug store? The problems are three.
First, most over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription products don’t work anymore. Virtually all lice in all 50 states have developed resistance to the toxic chemicals in OTC and prescription lice shampoos. These are the so called Super Lice. The result is that the effectiveness of the most common OTC products such as Rid and Nix have been reduced to as low as 25%. More information about Super Lice resistance and the study behind the findings can be found on our blog https://lcasacramento.com/2016/05/
Second, these chemical-based treatments containing Permethrin may not be safe. Permethrin is a neurotoxin that kills lice by shutting down their central nervous system. Products containing this chemical have been deemed safe when used as directed; however, panicked parents often over apply the product, which may cause serious health problems. Richard Clapp, an environmental health expert and professor emeritus at Boston University, warns that Permethrin, especially when combined with other problematic chemicals, can cause seizures and, down the road, behavioral problems. A 2009 memo from the EPA described Permethrin as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” in some conditions.
Third, these products don’t kill lice eggs, or nits, which is the most challenging aspect of treating head lice. The chemical in these products only kill live lice, not unhatched eggs (nits), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If eggs/nits cannot be killed while on the head, the only way to effectively treat lice is to manually REMOVE every louse and egg/nit from the head because; if every nit is not removed, you’ll simple get a new case of head lice a week or so after the treatment is applied. Our blog about nit-pickers provides more information about the manual removal process. https://lcasacramento.com/lice-facts/nit-pickers-hate-airalle-new-lice-treatment-tech-renders-another-industry-obsolete
Here’s how hot air can solve you lice problem. It’s a medical device (rather than a shampoo) that uses heated air to dehydrate and kill head lice and lice eggs. It has been clinically proven to be safe and effective and has been cleared for use by the FDA. It is called AirAllé, and treatment using this device is available exclusively in the Sacramento area at Lice Clinics of America – Sacramento. In most cases the head lice are removed in a single 60-minute treatment, and the treatment is completely effective when done in a clinic. The treatment is also pesticide-free. You can find more information about how the process works on our web site: https://lcasacramento.com/we_do_it/
New summer activities = new interactions = new opportunities for lice
If you thought that the end of the school year meant that the threat of lice was over, you might want to think again. All those new summer activities bring with them tons of opportunities for your kids to interact with folks that they haven’t interacted with during the school year. And the TYPE of activities during the summer tends to bring kids into closer physical contact with each other. AND on top of that, if your kiddos do get exposed, they are probably getting exposed to Super Lice. AAAARRRGGHH!! So, what to do? Well, assume the worst, and then take the following defensive steps.
- Drill into your kids head that they are to NEVER share anything that has touched someone else’s head (that’s kind of a pun :). And, of course, try not to actually touch their head to someone else’s head. Obviously, the probability of them ignoring this advice varies inversely with their age, but you must try as hard as you can to get this into their head (in order to keep the lice off their head…..you see the pun now?)
- Keep hair up and tight as possible anytime the kids are in high-risk situations, which is pretty much any time they are around other kids. This could be a math-teachable moment about surface area. “You see my little pumpkin, if you leave your hair down how much more surface area there is for one of those gross, disgusting bugs to latch onto your hair. But if you put it a tight braid, how much less surface area there is? So do this every day, or else Mommy will….” Try to keep calm when imparting this valuable lesson.
- Inspect. Frequently. Get yourself a good nit comb (you can buy them from us or get the Terminator comb off Amazon) and use the following technique.
- Run the comb along a short section of the scalp – once – and then pull the comb out to the end of the hair
- Place the comb over a clean white surface and rake through the tines of the comb with your fingernail. Get as much out of the comb as you can
- Repeat the first 2 steps for another section of the scalp, and then another, and another…until you cover the entire head.
- Look at the entire contents of what came out of the comb. You are looking for nits/eggs or, if you are really lucky (or unlucky) a live louse, but live critters are harder to find than nits. Nits can be extremely small, but have a distinctive and consistent shape. See the picture below, or Google to your heart’s content for more images of lice and nits.
So, what to do if you find something? First, assume the worst, which is that they have SUPER LICE. I know the “assume the worst” posture may seem a bit dramatic, but talk to some of our customers who have been battling lice for months and they will tell you that a little more drama at the beginning of their lice saga would have been helpful.
Now, consider your options:
- Chemicals from the drug store or pediatrician. Unfortunately, the term “Super Lice” was coined as a result of their resistance to these chemicals, so you are rolling the dice as to whether these products will work. And super lice are now everywhere. See an earlier blog about the prevalence of super lice: https://lcasacramento.com/super-lice/super-lice-much-worse-previously-thought-according-new-study/
- Nit Pickers – folks that will come to your home and painstakingly remove every nit and louse from your head. When done correctly, this is a multi-hour process; the actual time required depends on the length and thickness of the hair, as well as the severity of the lice infestation. However, these days many nit pickers are taking an “express” approach, which is that will do a quick comb out (1 to 1.5 hours) and then tell you that you yourself must continue to comb many more times over the following weeks (in other words, you are not going to get rid of the lice in a single day). See another earlier blog about nit pickers: https://lcasacramento.com/lice-facts/nit-pickers-hate-airalle-new-lice-treatment-tech-renders-another-industry-obsolete/
- Call us, because NO KIDDING, we will completely eliminate your lice problem in
100% LICE FREE
The AirAlle’ technology is new to Sacramento (we switched from being nit-pickers ourselves a year ago), and it is truly a revolutionary advancement in lice treatment. No other treatment option even comes close to the effectiveness of our process. And, BTW, we are the exclusive provider for the Sacramento area.
An updated and expanded study of “super lice” in the Journal of Medical Entomology confirms every parents’ worst fear: super lice are everywhere, and almost completely resistant to standard OTC products. Super lice are those that are resistant to chemical-based lice treatments such as RID and Nix; the result is higher failure rates for these products than ever before.
Here are the highlights from the study (the actual study is linked below):
~ Super lice have been found in 48 states (no samples were taken from Alaska and West Virginia).
~ The resistance rate is 100% in 42 of the 48 states.
~ The average resistance rate for all 48 states is 98.3%
~ Current effectiveness of permethrin -based products (the chemical used in RID and Nix) is shown to be as low as 25%. Since 1998, the effectiveness has gradually decreased from essentially 100% to current levels.