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.
Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. Some 180 clinics have opened in the United States to date with approximately 300 clinics worldwide.
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Lice Clinics of America® – now with two convenient locations near Fox Lake and Vernon Hills, IL is excited to announce a new partnership with consumer financing leader CareCredit.
Lice Clinics of America – Northern IL is the exclusive provider of professional lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device, an FDA-cleared procedure clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single treatment. Using precision controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs, the service takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be effective.
“Our mission is to make it as easy as possible for families to get head lice out of their lives,” says Erin Hawn of Lice Clinics of America – Northern IL, with locations near Fox Lake and Vernon Hills, IL. “This partnership with CareCredit gives us yet another way to make fast, safe and more effective head lice treatment available.”
For more than 30 years, CareCredit has been providing a valuable financing option for treatments and procedures that typically are not covered by insurance, or for times when insurance doesn’t cover the full amount. With 10.5 million users and a network of more than 200,000 providers, CareCredit is a leader in offering financing to consumers for health and personal care procedures, products or services.
“Driven by consumer demand and research, this partnership expands the utility of the card while helping consumers access the treatments they may need in a timely manner, says Greg Pierce, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CareCredit. “Lice Clinics of America is committed to providing their patients with the most advanced treatments available, and we are proud to be their partners.”
This financing option, previously only available to offices with medical doctors on staff, is now available to participating Lice Clinic of America locations.
To use CareCredit, a client simply applies online or with a phone call and receives a decision in moments. With shorter-term promotional financing options of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months no interest is charged on purchases of $200 or more if the client pays in full within the agreed-to promotional period. Lice Clinics of America and CareCredit have partnered together to provide payment options so customers can get the lice treatment they need. Approved cardholders can use their CareCredit card again and again at any Lice Clinics of America location or anywhere else within the CareCredit provider network (subject to credit approval).
Lice Clinics of America is successful in part because head lice have become resistant to pyrethroids, the pesticides used in the most popular over-the-counter lice treatment products. A 2016 study in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of lice in 48 U.S. states had developed resistance to these pesticides. Dubbed “super lice,” these resistant head lice have caused families to struggle in vain for weeks or months to get lice out of their lives, spending considerable time and money in a losing battle using products that are only 25% effective. Because the AirAllé medical device used in our clinic does not rely on pesticides or any chemical to kill head lice and eggs, it is equally effective against all lice, including “super lice.”
“When families are struggling with head lice, they want to deal with it now,” Erin Hawn said. “We have the fastest, most effective, solution that gets rid of head lice and eggs in a single treatment without the use of pesticides or other dangerous chemicals.”
There are more than 300 Lice Clinics of America treatment centers in 36 countries, and the AirAllé medical device has successfully treated more than 400,000 cases of head lice with a success rate greater than 99 percent.
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Lice don’t take summer off, according to Erin Hawn, owner of Lice Clinics of America® – Northern IL, serving Lake McHenry and Kenosha Counties, and surrounding areas. In fact, summer months often spur an uptake in cases of head lice when children spend an extended amount of time together with sleepovers, camps, and family vacations.
“Summer vacations when kids are sleeping together, or staying with other families, are opportunities for the spread of head lice,” Erin Hawn said. “Here are a few things you can do to decrease the odds that your child will bring lice home from summer sleepovers and vacations.”
- First and foremost, get a professional head check before and after vacations or camps. Make sure that your child doesn’t already have head lice before you leave. Many children have lice without knowing it. It can take up to two weeks before symptoms like itching start to occur. Check again when you get home.
- Use a lice prevention product like Lice Clinics of America’s Lice Preventer Kit. It’s a non-toxic, pediatrician-recommended liquid gel in a no-mess dispenser that makes application fast and easy. You apply it at shower time, and it works as a kind of lice repellant for up to six weeks.
- Make sure your children have their own hair care tools and accessories like combs, brushes, clips and anything else they use on their hair. Sharing items that contain strands of hair is one way that lice can spread.
- If children will be swimming, they shouldn’t share towels at the pool or beach. Lice can hold their breath for up to eight hours, so if your child uses a towel that others have used to dry their hair, it could be an opportunity for head lice to climb on board.
- In general, discourage sharing. This can be a difficult lesson for parents to give children. We all want our children to be kind and to share. But in addition to hair care products, towels, pillows, hats, scarves, jackets and any other products where detached strands of hair might be found can be a source of head lice. Because head lice can’t live anywhere but on a human scalp, if they are on hair that falls off someone, they will do whatever they can to return to a human head.
Finally, if your child does come home with head lice, don’t panic or punish yourself. “You and your child didn’t do anything wrong,” Erin Hawn said. “12 million people get head lice each year in the United States alone. It’s like catching a cold.”
Erin also wants you to know that getting rid of head lice is easier than ever, thanks to Lice Clinics of America’s FDA-cleared solution, the AirAllé® medical device. It uses heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs and has been clinically shown to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of nits in a single treatment that takes about an hour, and the service is guaranteed to be effective.
“If you come in for a head check and we find head lice or nits on your child, we can treat him or her on the spot, and you’ll leave our clinic lice-free, guaranteed,” Erin said.
Lice Clinics of America Northern IL has two convenient locations at 10 W Phillip Rd Suite 123 Vernon Hills, IL 60061 and 2503 Spring Ridge Rd Suite C1 Spring Grove, IL 60081, and is open seven days a week by appointment only. Call 888-858-LICE (5423) or email email@example.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.
No Itch Doesn’t Equal No Lice
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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