Lice Clinics of America, the world’s largest network of lice treatment centers, regularly alerts communities when head lice infestations become widespread in a city or neighborhood. Clinics provide this service to make parents aware if their children are at risk of contracting head lice.
Lice are not life-threatening, and they don’t carry any disease, but they are highly contagious. According to the CDC, “Head-to-head contact with an already infested person is the most common way to get head lice. Head-to-head contact is common during play at school, at home, and elsewhere, such as sports activities, the playground, slumber parties, and camps.”
Dr. Krista Lauer, medical director of Lice Clinics of America, reports, “For parents of school-age children in a region where lice infestations have been reported, it’s important to take some immediate steps to either prevent your children from being infested or to properly treat and kill the lice before they spread to others among your family and friends.”
“First,” Dr. Lauer says, “don’t panic, and second, don’t be embarrassed. Those pesky lice have nothing to do with personal hygiene.” She recommends the following to make sure lice aren’t living in your child’s hair:
- Inspect your child’s head, especially if your child has an itchy scalp. Look for eggs, nymphs, and adult lice. One female adult louse can lay about 100 eggs during her life span. That’s a lot of new lice.
- Call the parents of your child’s friends and have them check for head lice, remembering that earlier intervention can help to reduce the infestation level. Lack of communication often allows head lice to spread in secret.
- If you see lice—or if you are unsure whether you have lice—visit a professional lice treatment center, such as Lice Clinics of America.
- Traditional over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides that are no longer effective. Lice have evolved into “super lice” and have developed resistance to those pesticides. Find a treatment that is safe and effective. Lice Clinics of America provides a number of options.
- Be safe by starting your child on a lice prevention regimen using trusted lice prevention products such as shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and hair bands that will help to keep lice away from your child’s scalp.
With more than 350 clinics in 36 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s leading service for treating head lice. The company’s revolutionary FDA-cleared AirAllé® medical device is clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single hour-long session. The treatment is guaranteed to kill lice, lice eggs, and super lice all at once. Lice Clinics of America also offers professional lice screenings and a full line of top-rated lice prevention products.
The AirAllé medical device has successfully treated nearly half a million cases of head lice worldwide with a success rate better than 99 percent.
For those who prefer to do treatments on their own, the same precision-controlled heated air technology is available in a hand-held device for consumer use. Lice Clinics of America’s OneCure™ Treatment Kit is available at Lice Clinics of America clinics and on Amazon.
For more information, visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.