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Tables Turn When Teacher Gets Head Lice

A story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a teacher getting head lice has been syndicated around the country.

We’re used to hearing about kids getting head lice at school—not so much with the teacher.

In this case, the teacher, who only wanted to use her first name Mallory, found out she had head lice just before school was about to start. If she had lice, she wouldn’t be able to go to work.

“The Saturday morning of the Labor Day weekend, Mallory was lying in bed when she felt her scalp itch,” the article said. “She scratched. The itches were concentrated near the nape of her neck. Based on her experience as a teacher who has checked students’ heads for lice, she knew the nape of the neck was a common hot spot for lice, she said.”

First, she tried a drugstore lice treatment product and found what millions of people discover each year—the products don’t work. Lice have become resistant to the pesticides that they use. Medical researchers have found that 98 percent of lice in 48 states are now immune to the active ingredient in over-the-counter lice products.

Mallory sought the help of a professional and found Ladibugs, a lice treatment clinic that offers treatment using the revolutionary AirAllé device, an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to remove live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single treatment that takes about an hour.

The AirAllé device uses carefully controlled warm air, delivered at just the right velocity, temperature, and location to dehydrate lice and eggs. It uses no chemicals and requires no follow-up nitpicking.

“The airflow is three times faster than that of a hair dryer and doesn’t get as hot (the temperature is about 138 degrees),” the article said. “This makes it safer than a blow dryer, which can burn the scalp.”

With over-the-counter lice products, it takes weeks or months to completely rid a person of head lice. That’s because the products, when they were effective, only killed live lice, not the eggs. The eggs would hatch after treatment, and the person would need to be retreated over and over until the whole life-cycle of lice was completed.

With AirAllé, Mallory was lice-free in about an hour, and she was back in the classroom when school started.

The AirAllé medical device was developed by researchers at the University of Utah as they discovered that lice struggle to survive in the arid desert climate. That led to the theory that lice can be killed by dehydration. The theory has now been proven through years of clinical research and FDA-clearance and with more than 800,000 successful treatments in the United States and 33 other countries.

Treatment using the AirAllé medical device is available at clinics like Ladibugs and hundreds more under the umbrella of Lice Clinics of America, the largest and fastest-growing network of professional lice clinics in the world. To learn more or to find a clinic, visit


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