Head Lice. Not a fun two words. A contagion that every mom dreads because let’s face it — nobody wants to comb bugs and lice eggs out of their child’s hair. Recently, Lice Clinics of America, Texas, was featured on San Antonio Living on NBC. Co-owner, Michelle Sunshine, answered questions about head lice and demonstrated the FDA-cleared AirAllé® device. Click on the picture below to watch.
We’d like to delve deeper into super lice because many parents have no idea how regular lice evolved to super lice.
What are Super Lice?
We have all heard of head lice. Well now we have to worry about super lice, which look and act the same as regular lice, but are resistant to the pesticides in many over-the-counter treatments and home remedies. That being said, they are not super in a good way. In fact, they should be called horrid head lice. Essentially, super lice are lice that are not easily killed by the pesticides in store-bought treatments. This is a pain for many parents who are unaware of this fact.
Where can they be found?
The evolution into super lice is due to a genetic mutation, which has changed lice into super-resistant bugs that have been found in 42 out of 48 states tested, according to a study by the Journal of Medical Entomology at Oxford University. In the 42 states, 100 percent of head lice tested were resistant to traditional, over-the-counter treatments. Needless to say, it’s a waste of money to buy head lice shampoos at the store such as Rid or Nix.
According to the study, in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico, and North Dakota — some, but not all head lice tested were resistant to over-the-counter treatments. Fortunately, the epidemic hasn’t completely spread to these six states, but we’ll have to revisit this in a few years as it is spreading fast. Alaska and Virginia were not part of the study.
This means that 100 percent of the lice tested here in Texas were resistant to over-the-counter head lice treatments that once worked. Buying lice shampoos at the store will be a waste of money and a waste of time.
Do Home Remedies Work?
We have some more bad news. Most home remedies for head lice will leave you frustrated and back to square one just like the over-the-counter lice treatments. We’d like to touch upon one of the most popular home remedies of them all: the mayonnaise method. This is when mothers put mayonnaise on their child’s head and plastic wrap the head overnight. The theory is that the head lice will be smothered and dead by morning. Not only does this method force a young child to smell mayonnaise all night and possible get plastic-wrapped mayo and lice all over their face in their sleep, but it has not been medically proven to work. However, the chief reason we advise against this method is because of the most frustrating part of head lice removal: the eggs, or nits. While the mayonnaise might kill the lice if they are suffocated for more than five hours, it probably won’t kill the eggs because eggs don’t have breathing chambers – therefore, they can’t be suffocated. If even one egg is left behind, say hello to another outbreak.
How Do We Kill Head Lice?
As demonstrated on San Antonio Living, our FDA-cleared AirAllé® device works by dehydrating head lice and 99.2 percent of their nits with controlled, heated air. We follow with a comb-out and topical rinse to kill any remaining lice. Depending on the hair length and infestation level, the whole process takes an average of 60-90 minutes.
Kids get head lice sometimes. It is not easy to avoid. But don’t panic if it happens to your child. Do your research, take a deep breath and don’t fall victim to products that are ineffective. Unfortunately, Super Lice are here in Texas, and they are most likely here to stay.
This past weekend, we all enjoyed a legendary Super Bowl. The New England Patriots and Tom Brady played one of the best games in the 50-year history of the game and were crowned NFL champions.
Do you have a junior football champion at home that deserves a crown? Make sure the crown wasn’t on the head of someone infested with head lice. School sports encourage our children to share victory, share goodwill and share helmets? Uh Oh!
Yes, sharing helmets is one of many ways that children can transmit head lice. As soon as kids start swapping helmets, head lice emerge as a problem. A good precautionary measure is to have your child use their own helmet. After the game, during the team huddle, be careful about bumping heads as well.
How Can Parents Help Their Children?
What are some ways parents can help keep their kids from getting head lice? Education — Explain to your children that head lice are spread from direct contact. They should not share hats, scarves, coats, combs, brushes, towels, sports uniforms, or like we mentioned previously, helmets!
More than 12 million children will contract this common contagion each year. Children are often in close contact with each other transmitting the parasite, and it is not a fun thing to deal with.
Head lice lay eggs that are hard to see and remove. They are called nits, and they secrete a sticky glue-like substance, which makes them adhere to the hair shaft close to the scalp. The nits are what make treating head lice difficult, as it takes only one nit to hatch and then you will have active head lice. An active head louse will lay 6-10 nits a day which then hatch within 7-10 days. If you get a head lice treatment and even one nit is left behind, say hello to another head lice outbreak starting all over again.
What Works For Head Lice Removal?
The most effective treatment for both active head lice and their nits is the FDA-Cleared AirAllé® Device. Lice Clinics of America, Texas, uses the revolutionary AirAllé® heated air technology to kill head lice and their eggs. The clinic performs a head check to determine a positive head lice diagnosis and then discusses treatment options. The fastest way to get rid of head lice is to have our trained professionals treat the infected person at one of our clinics. For those families that are budget conscientious, we have topical solutions and treatment combs that can be used and administered in the home. The DIY (do it yourself) treatment options require vigilance and multiple days to rid your family of head lice. The treatment at Lice Clinics of America, Texas, will take approximately 90 minutes and you will be rid of head lice — guaranteed. Medical findings state that the AirAllé® kills about 99.2 percent of the lice and their eggs. Then we follow up with a thorough lice combing and rinse to ensure our clients are lice-free. However, if you end up getting it again during the 6-week guarantee, we will treat you for head lice at no additional cost. The full-service AirAllé® treatment is guaranteed, comfortable for kids and is completely safe for all family members.
If your little super athlete’s head starts to itch and you suspect head lice, call our clinic for an appointment and we’ll take care of the problem once and for all!
To announce our new Lice Clinics of America location in San Antonio, we are celebrating with a Holiday Open House Party on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 1-3pm. We will enjoy refreshments, Christmas music and cookies, free head checks, and a visit from Santa himself. (Yes, even Santa can get lice!) Each family who joins us will also receive a 50% off coupon to be used on a future lice treatment.
We are very excited to show off our newest location. We are now open for business in San Antonio and can eliminate your lice problem in 60-90 minutes. Call 210-960-LICE to make an appointment. Check out this video tour of the new clinic:
Please join us at Lice Clinics of America on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1-3pm at 13457 Blanco Road in San Antonio, TX 78216. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!
Lice Clinics of America has the only FDA-cleared dehydration device that is not only safe for ages 4 and up, but is over 99% effective in one visit. Our patented heated-air technology was developed by scientists at the University of Utah, and has been used in over 220,000 successful and safe lice treatments on families across the globe.
Customers should know FDA-clearance is extremely important when selecting a lice treatment for your family. This process of rigorous testing confirms the safety of our device and provides proof of the efficacy of the Lice Clinics of America approach.
We have been informed there is a company in our area using a modified pet dryer to “dehydrate” lice on children. This device has no safety standards nor proof of its effectiveness. In fact, the pet dryer manufacturer has warned customers that it is not intended for human use and should be kept away from children. The local business illegally using the pet device is making false claims on its effectiveness without any studies or proof. We at Lice Clinics of America do not want to be confused with or associated with any business that makes these claims and is not using the FDA-cleared AirAlle device. Our customers can be confident that we maintain and follow the highest standards to keep your family safe and lice-free.
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At Lice Clinics of America in Houston and Austin, we can thoroughly check to assess if anyone in your family needs a lice treatment. You can be assured that we use the most effective method for diagnosing lice by dry combing the hair for eggs. The good news is there’s no chance of paying for an unnecessary treatment. We can show you evidence of the outbreak and take care of it right away. And, if you have one treatment, then checks for the whole family are free. Our lice treatments are quick, chemical-free and guaranteed for up to 6 weeks!
If you are lucky and you are lice-free, the cost is just $25 per person for the check + $10 for the lice comb, which you can take home. If you have more than four family members, additional checks are just $10/person.
The next time you are worried about lice or see your kids scratching, don’t hesitate to call and make a head check appointment. We can give you peace of mind. There’s no reason to worry about the process. We can take care of everything and stop an outbreak right away.
At Lice Clinics of America in Houston and Austin, we use an FDA-cleared device called AirAlle which was developed by the University of Utah. This medical device blows controlled, heated air on the head to dehydrate and kill the lice and their eggs (nits) in one step. Our treatment only requires one visit, doesn’t use pesticides, and is guaranteed for 6 weeks. Best yet – you do not have to do any combing at home. It takes about an hour for short hair and 1 1/2 hours for thicker, long hair.
We have the only treatment based in science to kill nits. Lice combs can get out bugs, but no lice comb can easily pull out all of the nits waiting to hatch in the hair.
We work every day by appointment in our clinics. Email or call us with a time that works for you, and we will set it up. We treat age 4 and over, and please arrive with clean, dry hair.
Lice Clinics of America (formerly Lousted) is thrilled to again attend the 2016 Campference meeting for Texas summer camps. Owners Michelle and Jessica, treat eight of the camps in the Texas Hill Country, and attended the meeting to spread the news about LCA’s unique approach to eliminating lice at camp. Using only hot air, LCA uses a device which kills lice and eggs in one treatment – even before the kids get to their cabins. It is the best way to quickly, safely and effectively stop a lice outbreak at camp. LCA is planning for another great summer visiting camps.
Lice Clinics of America (formerly Lousted) is excited to announce a new location in Houston! We are conveniently located at 14745 Memorial Drive, right near Dairy Ashford in 77079. Owners, Jessica and Michelle, are thrilled to bring their breakthrough technology to Houston to help the community eliminate lice in one treatment. The Lice Clinics of America approach takes about an 1-1.5 hours, does not use pesticides and is GUARANTEED for 30 days. The best news is it does not require any follow-ups and no combing at home. All of this happens in the cute LCA shop with flat screen tvs, iPads and snacks. Michelle and Jessica strive to provide the most effective lice treatment in a soothing and pleasant place.