Overwhelmed with lice, HELP!

Overwhelmed with lice, HELP! The kids are cranky, especially the teenager. She will not let anyone know she has lice. My 5 year old won’t let me even look at her hair more than 5 minutes, and my 3 year old son. Well, I have no idea how to tell if he really even has lice. The laundry is piling up and I have no one to even look at my hair and the babysitter is livid that she could have the little bugs on her head. My parents were here last weekend too and want to know what to do. My life is being consumed by these little pests and I cannot even see them. I only know they are there from my kids scratching and scratching. The internet is filled with conflicting information and a few friends told me just to use mayonnaise. And I also hear that the over the counter shampoo does not work. What do I do now? And who can HELP me?

At Heartland Healthy Heads this is an all too familiar story. We are here to offer HELP with any lice treatment. We are just a phone call away and will be able to assist you with whatever lice treatment you choose. Call us today so we can help you get through head lice and the chaos it bring to life. If you choose to treat yourself call us for HELP, we have the most up to date information regarding head lice and lice treatments. At Heartland Healthy Heads we are trained and certified in two treatment methods: Shepherd Method strand by strand lice removal technique and Licensees for Airalle’, the FDA cleared professional lice device. For more information: www.heartlandhealthyheads.com or Call our 24 hour lice line with any questions: 913-730-6487. We can help!!

Airall'e Lice treatment

History of the AirAllé™ Lice Device

The AirAllé™ device concept originated in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Clayton at the University of Utah, where he is a professor in the Department of Biology.

Most research in Clayton’s lab concerns basic aspects of the biology of birds and their feather lice. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s Dr. Clayton successfully cultured lice on captive birds, such as common pigeons, for basic research purposes. However, when he moved his lab to the University of Utah in 1996, from Oxford University in England, he encountered great difficulty keeping lice alive on captive birds. Perplexed, he consulted colleagues working on other small insects, such as fruit flies. He was informed that, because of Utah’s arid climate, they too had difficulty keeping insect cultures alive. The large surface to volume ratio of these small insects apparently makes them vulnerable to desiccation in such an arid climate.

When Dr. Clayton’s  own children contracted head lice that appeared to be resistant to chemical shampoos. Clayton’s experience with pigeon lice suggested it might be possible to control head lice by reducing the level of humidity near the scalp. A variety of methods were tested in Clayton’s lab, ranging from the use of chemical desiccants, to heat caps fitted with electrodes, to rice bag caps heated in a microwave, to various hair dryers and blowers up to the size of a leaf blower (don’t try this at home). These approaches were tested on student volunteers in the lab – including Clayton’s own children – many of whom were temporarily infested with small numbers of head lice.

Following months of tinkering, it looked likely that it might be possible to kill head lice and their eggs with a novel, custom- built device that combines fast-moving heated air, a precise angle of application, and the right duration of treatment. Working out the specifications required a good deal more experimentation over many more months using custom-engineered LouseBuster/Airalle’ prototypes. The culmination of this work was the publication in 2006 of a paper in the journal Pediatrics reporting data on the relative success of the different kinds of hair dryers, compared to the LouseBuster device, for killing head lice and their eggs.

Larada Sciences, Inc., which incorporated in 2006, formed to take the LouseBuster, now Airalle product to market.

A follow-up study was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2011 that showed the LouseBuster was highly effective at killing lice and eggs, even in the hands of novices.

Lice

Head Lice: The Do’s and Don’ts

Head Lice can be overwhelming, so here are a few do’s and don’ts to help with head lice. Every parent gasps at the news of head lice and scrambles to prevent or eradicate the little pests from the family. Head lice is a common problem with an estimated 12 million cases each year in the United States (www.cdc.gov). There are various treatment options available. For the do it yourselfers there are various products including home remedies, over the counter products and prescription products. Professional lice services also exist and offer various treatments methods to put an end to lice.

DO’S

DON’TS

DO perform a comb through weekly. Make it a habit to check for lice weekly. If you check often you can treat early. Don’t freak out if you child gets head lice! Having lice does not mean that your child or home is dirty.We don’t want children to feel that it is their fault or ashamed in any way.
DO treat the problem as soon as you are able. Each day that it is not treated leaves opportunity for lice to continue reproducing and spreading to others. Don’t keep it a secret. Making others aware that lice lurking let them get check and treated so it moves out of your social circles faster. This lessens the chance of getting it again.
DO know that common over the counter products are no longer effective. If you choose to use them anyway follow the directions carefully and if they do not work the first time move on to another option. Don’t overuse toxic products or pesticide products. The life cycle can be hard to break, leading parents to overuse pesticide products that may be harmful if overused.
DO consider using pesticide free products and understand the life cycle. Professional lice services can also get you past head lice quickly. Don’t be embarrasses to ask for advice. IF you are not sure you have an effective treatment look to a professional head lice removal service or your health care provider.

 

As a resource center, Heartland Healthy Heads is happy to answer any questions regarding head lice and head lice treatments.  Call our 24 hour lice line with any questions 913-730-NITS (6487) or check out our web site www.heartlandhealthyheads.com.