Around the world lice are becoming less treatable with over the counter shampoos that people have used for decades. Lice have developed immunities to these products that are making it more difficult to get them under control once a home or family has been infested. Dr. Dale Clayton, a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah, learned this fact the hard way. His school age children encountered lice and after trying various treatments they were also unsuccessful in eliminating the problem. Luckily for them, Dr. Clayton’s scientific interests have included the biology of birds and the feather lice that live out their life span on the birds. During his analysis of these birds and their lice, Dr. Clayton moved his science lab from the humid climate of Oxford University in England to the arid, desert region of Utah. As a result, he noticed a drastic reduction in the amount of lice that would stay alive on his captive birds of study. After consulting with various other scientists he determined that the desiccation of the lice in Utah was counteracted by using steam that was pumped into the lab to create a more humid environment. With positive results for his feather lice he was once again able to study the lice as they were much more likely to survive.
This information started to make him curious about more effective treatment possibilities for head lice on human patients. If a machine was developed that could eliminate humidity near the scalp, could the head lice and their eggs be dehydrated and therefore killed? He spent years with this theory trying various methods that involved chemicals to dry them out, heat caps fitted to the head, rice bags, and many variations of blowers that were tested on several subjects that had contracted lice.
The tests affirmed that head lice can not be killed with regular hair dryers, as the hair just mats and protects the lice and eggs from dying. Also, the normal hair dryer was not hot enough to kill the lice without causing injury to the scalp. A new device was invented that uses hot air that moves quickly enough at the exact angle of use to dehydrate lice and eggs when used for the appropriate amount of time. The AirAllé® device was born.
In 2006, the Pediatrics journal released data supporting the studies of the AirAllé device validating its effectiveness in killing head lice and their eggs. It was than that the product began to be placed on the market for public use. Today, many Lice Clinics of America are serving their customers using this ingenious invention at over a 99% rate of effectiveness. During the 30-minute treatment, a lice professional carefully moves the applicator tip underneath the hair and against the scalp. The heated air at a fast flow is a highly effective way to dehydrate the lice and eggs and leave the head lice free.
Contact your local Lice Clinic of America for any additional information on how the AirAllé can help cure the headache of head lice you may be dealing with.