The use of Permethrin, by Larada Science’s National Medical Director Dr. Krista Lauer, MD



The use of Permethrin, by Larada Science’s National Medical Director Dr. Krista Lauer, MD

Lice have been around for thousands of years. Cleopatra herself was buried with a louse comb. These tenacious pests have proven to be highly capable of evolving and adapting over the centuries. Although man-made pesticides such as permethrin and the pyrethroids found in popular over-the-counter products have been highly effective for treating head lice, this is no longer the case. Lice have developed resistance to these pesticides. Resistant lice are called ‘super lice.’ A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2016 revealed that super lice were present in all 48 states tested.

As a family physician, I would not recommend pesticide-containing head lice treatments for my patients. As a mother, I would not use them on my family members. Not only are those treatments no longer reliable, but recent studies suggest a link between exposure to pyrethroids and behavior and endocrine/developmental problems in children.

A more effective alternative treatment uses no pesticides or harmful chemicals. The FDA-cleared AirAllé device, used in more than 350 Lice Clinics of America clinics across 36 countries, is safe for children age four and older. It uses precision-controlled heated air to kill lice, super lice, and their eggs by dehydration. Some have suggested the comb-out following treatment with the AirAllé device is what makes the treatment successful. However, not all Lice Clinics of America clients opt to have a comb-out after the AirAllé treatment. In more than 400,000 treatments with the AirAllé device, there have been no adverse events, and the success rate is over 99%, with or without combing.

Precision-controlled heated air with the AirAllé device works with a single treatment, in about one hour, guaranteed.