At its annual summit in April, Lice Clinics of America® awarded its 2018 Community Caring Award to OneEighty, an organization dedicated to bringing hope, love, and opportunity to people and communities impacted by crisis, poverty, or addiction in the “Quad Cities” area of northwestern Illinois and southeastern Iowa.
“As we look at the support received across nearly 200 Lice Clinics of America locations throughout the U.S., we do not find any other ministry or organization so willing to share their resources with children and families struggling to end the stigmatizing, embarrassing, frustrating cycle of head lice,” said Randy Bakes, Chief Marketing Officer of Lice Clinics of America’s parent company Larada Sciences. “OneEighty has funded solutions for nearly four dozen Quad Cities families to finally find professional relief in one short appointment without toxins or pesticides.”
OneEighty reaches children and families, the homeless, the incarcerated, and seniors with programs that aim to break cycles of poverty and addiction. The organization also works with Lice Clinics of America’s Quad Cities location in Bettendorf, Iowa to help families struggling with head lice find a fast, safe, and effective solution.
Lice Clinics of America provides lice removal service using the FDA-cleared AirAllé® medical device clinically demonstrated to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment. Many families come to clinics after spending weeks or months battling the condition without success.
“Breaking the chronic cycle of head lice does much more for a student than merely ending the annoying presence of pests in their hair,” Bakes said. “It touches issues of self-image, peer relationships, bullying, concentration in school, and hopelessness.”
Head lice have become more challenging to treat in recent years as lice have developed a resistance to the pesticides used by the most popular over-the-counter lice treatment products. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of lice in most states are now immune to the active ingredients in these products. As a result, many families spend time and money on products that don’t work.
Researchers at the University of Utah developed the AirAllé device. It uses carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. No chemicals or pesticides are used. Treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective when all family members are screened for head lice. The AirAllé device has successfully treated more than 750,000 cases of head lice worldwide with a success rate better than 99 percent.
With more than 300 clinics in more than 30 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. In addition to the AirAllé device in-clinic service, the company offers a complete line of non-toxic home lice treatment and prevention products.