As the Holidays are right around the corner, make sure you have you and your loved ones covered from head lice or prepared for holiday lice removal. We can see an increase in head lice cases as more families are bunking together and have longer periods of time spent together during the special season. Therefore, there are opportunities for head lice cases to occur. Although head lice aren’t able to jump, fly, hop, or swim to their next victim, they find their way by crawling. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. So how do you protect yourself this Holiday Season? Here are some tips:
- If you are spending the night away with family or friends, bring your own pillows.
- Make sure no one is sharing combs, brushes, or other hair type accessories, especially kids.
- It is also important to not share hats, scarves, or other surfaces which the head lice may be able to crawl to and latch on to their next victim from.
- If you notice scratching or discomfort from a little one (family member or friend), make sure to look through the hair near a source of bright light, this can help you identify if a possible infestation has occurred. Note that these bugs move very quickly on the scalp and hair.
Being with family, friends, and loved ones during the Holidays is what the season is all about. Even though the kids may be out of school for the Holiday break, head lice can still spread. If a lice outbreak is detected or you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us for Holiday lice removal! At Lice Clinics of America – Maryland, which proudly serves Baltimore, Bel Air, Towson, and surrounding areas, our heated removal process is the only guaranteed way to remove lice in 1 quick, easy, and safe treatment, so your kids can get back to enjoying their time off. We all know head lice is the one thing, no one wants to be regifted! So call us today to schedule an appointment at (410) 934-5423!
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.
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- Over-the-counter treatments don’t work. The resistance of head lice to the most popular drugstore products is well-researched and well-documented. The most recent report, issued in 2016, found that most lice in 42 states are now resistant to pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are the active ingredient in over-the-counter lice products.
- Nitpicking is subject to human error. The most effective alternative to drugstore lice products has traditionally been nitpicking. This is the process of combing out live lice, then playing a daunting cat-and-mouse game with the lice eggs (nits). They are tiny—about the size of sesame seed—and they attach themselves with the insect equivalent of superglue to hair shafts. The problem is, that if you miss a single nit, they will hatch, then live lice will multiply again, and you’ll have a fresh infestation.
- Failing to get every member of the household checked. Too often, parents assume that the child that was found to have lice at school or daycare is the only one with lice. That’s unlikely. Because lice spread primarily from close head-to-head contact or from shared hair accessories like brushes, it’s common for the entire family to contract head lice, including parents! If only one person in the family is checked and treated, the lice will likely come back to that person from another family member.
- Home remedies are unproven at best, dangerous at worst. You can search the Internet for lice solutions and find mommy-bloggers and others that swear by home treatments like mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, olive oil, and even kerosene. The methods vary, but in general, this involves covering a child’s head with one of these substances overnight, which also means covering the kid’s head with some kind of plastic wrap. First, a child sleeping with plastic on its head risks suffocation. Second, substances like kerosene are highly flammable and should not be used.
Now the Good News
If you have a child(ren) headed back to school soon in Baltimore, MD you will want to add ‘check my child’s head’ to your back to school to-do list. Having your child’s head checked by a trained professional for head lice before they go back to school will save you time and money.
Lice Clinics of America in Baltimore recommends getting your child’s head checked for lice by a trained professional a couple weeks before school starts because children are the ones most susceptible to getting lice in the first place. Back to school means your child(ren) will be amongst a lot more children and more often than during the summer. It is these close encounters that make spreading lice a lot easier, as 97% of head lice cases are spread by head to head contact. Additionally, according to the FDA 6 to 12 million children in the US are infested with head lice each year. Make sure your child(ren) isn’t a part of these itchy statistics.
If your child does test positive for lice you will have enough time to effectively get rid of the lice before school even starts with our 3-step process, including our exclusive warm air technology which is 99%+ effective in killing both lice and their eggs. We would hate for you to waste your time and money on systems that don’t work. Traditional drug store products no longer work because Super Lice have adapted and are pesticide resistant. We have performed over 200,000 treatments with less than a 1% re-treatment rate–our system works.
Before your child(ren) starts school this fall in Baltimore, do yourself, your child(ren), and other classmates a favor to get their head checked for lice. It will put your mind at ease if they don’t have it and you, as well as, everyone else around you will be extremely thankful if you did catch the head lice in time!
As you welcome in the New Year, are you welcoming unwanted head lice? As professionals in the Lice industry, we understand the struggle your family has with failing to remove head lice. As your children go back to school and surround themselves with friends, their chances of becoming subject to a head lice outbreak increase. At Lice Clinics of America, College Station, we treat hundreds of families throughout the year. Head lice infest families like a domino effect. Your child’s friend is infested with lice and then BAM; your child contracts head lice along with all the other kids in their class. Head lice are simply a contagion; getting head lice has nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene. Head lice are acquired by contact with someone who has them or contact with something they used such as a comb, a brush, a hat or bedding they have slept on.
Nitpicking is a Must
Many children will get head lice several times throughout the year and mothers tirelessly battle to fight the head lice and their eggs. Some families will experience head lice for the first time. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth time, treating head lice is difficult. Lice eggs, called nits, are the biggest culprit. Nits are small, yellow or tan in color and attach to the hair follicles on the head. Nits are trickier than lice because they cannot be removed by brushing or shaking the head — they must be killed and removed. They latch to the hair, very close to the scalp and will not budge unless you nitpick.
Stay Away From Mayonaise
One of the first steps to lice removal is education. As a consumer, it’s important to know which head lice treatments work. There are several head lice treatment myths floating around the web. If the thought of putting mayonnaise in your child’s hair has crossed your mind, give us a call. You might read about killing lice with mayo on the internet, however mayonnaise is unnecessarily messy and has not been medically proven as a cure for head lice. If mayonnaise does kill lice, it certainly doesn’t kill their nits. If you use mayonnaise and it kills the lice, the eggs will hatch a few days later, bringing you back to square one. The nits must be combed out one by one with a lice comb.
Many parents are misled by the internet and apply mayonnaise to their child’s head with the hope that if they wrap the head with plastic and leave the mayo on overnight, the lice will be gone by morning. If you haven’t been convinced that mayonnaise doesn’t work, there have actually been reports of children suffocating from this method or receiving food poisoning from the mayonnaise. In essence, many home remedies are messy, dangerous and not guaranteed to work.
How Do We Do it?
Here’s another tricky fact about head lice removal: head lice have recently evolved into super lice and are now resistant to the pesticides used in many head lice treatments and shampoos.
So, how do we get rid of head lice? By using a newly-developed, FDA-cleared device called AirAllé that dehydrates and kills lice and their nits. The AirAllé uses controlled, heated air and is a comfortable process for children. After approximately 30 minutes of the AireAlle treatment, follow up with a topical treatment and combing, all within 90 minutes.
Repetitively treating head lice with no success might just bring you to tears. The only thing worse than going through the hassle of head lice is going through it twice.
At Lice Clinics of America, College Station, we focus on a guaranteed, one and done service that will keep your children lice-free and itch-free. If your family would like to make a New Year resolution to be lice-free, our head lice clinic will ensure your success. Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
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