During National Nurse Appreciation week (May 6-10) and National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 7), Lice Clinics of America is calling attention to the important role school nurses and teachers play in the community’s health by offering postcards that serve as certificates for free screenings for head lice and educational information to distribute to parents.
Clinics partner with and support school nurses and teachers throughout the year—they are often the messengers that alert parents and children to the presence of head lice, which can be stressful and uncomfortable.
Participating clinics are giving teachers and nurses certificates for free screenings during the week, which include an explanation of the symptoms of head lice.
Professional screenings are one of the best ways to prevent the spread of lice. Misdiagnosis of head lice is common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and screening can give parents much-needed relief if no lice are present. If head lice are found, early detection can make treatment faster and easier.
Clinics also offer to help teachers and school nurses educate the community about head lice. The stigma that head lice are the result of poor hygiene makes parents think they’ve done something wrong when a child has head lice, and often keeps them from seeking treatment, making things worse.
The CDC makes it clear: ”Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.”
The good news for parents is that if lice are found, a cure is just an hour away. Lice Clinics of America is the exclusive provider of lice treatment using the revolutionary AirAllé® medical device. It’s an FDA-cleared, Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using microprocessor-controlled heated air to dehydrate the bugs and eggs. Most treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.
Head lice have become more difficult to treat in recent years as lice have developed a resistance to the pesticides used by the most popular over-the-counter lice products. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of head lice in most states are now immune to the pesticides—called pyrethroids—that the products use. Pyrethroids have also been linked to behavioral and developmental problems in children.
Many parents come to clinics after they have already tried and failed to get rid of lice with pesticide-based products. Some struggle with head lice for months, and are relieved to find a fast, safe, guaranteed solution.
Lice Clinics of America also offers a complete line of pesticide-free, guaranteed home lice-treatment and prevention products, including a home version of the AirAllé, called OneCureTM. Most products are available at clinics and online.
With 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. The AirAllé medical device has treated more than 500,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.
To learn more or to find a clinic, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.