Chemicals in Lice-Treatment Products Linked to Health Problems in Children

A study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine reports what many have feared for decades—that “exposure to certain pyrethroids, at environmental levels, may negatively affect neurobehavioral development by six years of age.” Pyrethroids are a class of chemicals used in insecticides, including the most popular head-lice medications.

 

For the study, the researchers measured levels of five pyrethroid metabolites in the urine of women in the early stages of pregnancy and, later, in their 6-year-olds to see if there was a link between being exposed to the chemical in utero and childhood, and behavior that could suggest neurodevelopmental damage.

 

“Pyrethroids are neurotoxins, says clinic owner Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Texas Lice Removal. “They work by disrupting the nervous systems of insects, killing them in the process. Health advocates have for years questioned the medical wisdom of putting neurotoxins on children’s scalps.”

 

Pyrethroid Chemicals in Lice Products: Study Results

There were three pyrethroid metabolites chemicals in lice products that showed up most often in the urine of mothers and their children: trans-DCCA, cis-DBCA, and cis-DCCA. The conclusion of the study was that “Overall, children with the highest levels of metabolites in their urine were three times more likely to have abnormal behavior than those with lower levels. As a result, the researchers concluded that pyrethroids might alter neurochemical signaling in the brain.”

 

This follows a 2015 study in Environmental Health that found that “Pyrethroid pesticides cause abnormalities in the dopamine system and produce an ADHD phenotype in animal models, with effects accentuated in males versus females. However, data regarding behavioral effects of pyrethroid exposure in children is limited.”

 

While neither study proves a medical link between pyrethroids and behavioral change in children, there is certainly reason for concern. Pyrethroids remain the first line of defense against head lice recommended by many doctors. This is changing, but not necessarily due to health concerns. Multiple studies performed in recent years have found that most head lice in the United States and other countries are developing resistance to pyrethroids, so these neurotoxins that parents are putting on their children’s heads are losing effectiveness.

 

New Recommended Treatments for Head Lice

The medical world is starting to shift gears. In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the AAP’s 2010 report.  The new report was published in the journal Pediatrics, and it highlights some exciting new developments in the battle against head lice, including the revolutionary AirAllé medical device.

 

“The ideal treatment of lice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, readily available without a prescription, easy to use, effective, and inexpensive,” the AAP said.  The article notes that the overall spending on lice treatment has risen to nearly $1 billion annually, with as many as 12 million children contracting head lice each year.

 

The AAP lists the AirAllé medical device as an effective lice treatment device: “The AirAllé (Larada Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT) is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice.” It uses no chemicals and instead dehydrates lice and eggs. Clinical studies found that the AirAllé kills live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single session. In addition to being chemical-free, the treatment eliminates the need for weeks of nitpicking to make sure all eggs are removed.

 

The AirAllé medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest and fastest-growing network of professional lice clinics, with hundreds of clinics in some 20 countries.

 

Lice Clinics of America has successfully treated more than 675,000 cases of head lice. The company has more than 265 clinics in 20 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America – Texas Lice Removal has three locations. College Station is located at 404 University Drive East, Suite E, College Station, TX 77840. Tomball is located at 11601 Spring Cypress, Suite C, Tomball, TX 77377. The Woodlands is located at 2219 Sawdust Road, Suite 2003, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Each location is open seven days a week by appointment. Call 979-481-6144 for College Station, 832-648-619 for Tomball, or 832-957-0373 for The Woodlands or visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Why Over-the-Counter Head Lice Products Won’t Work

When a child has head lice, many parents go into panic mode and will do almost anything to get rid of the lice as quickly as possible. After grabbing the first lice treatment they see at the drugstore, they race home to put a stop to the head lice infesting their child. Sadly, weeks later they are often still combing out lice eggs.

There are three problems with this treatment approach. Lice Clinics of America – Texas Lice Removal, which services College Station, Tomball and The Woodlands, owner Sonia Watt explains why:

 

“For starters, a majority of over-the-counter (OTC) products don’t work anymore, at least not in the United States,” says Watt. “According to the website ‘Beyond Pesticides,’ virtually all lice in the United States have developed resistance to the OTC and prescription shampoos containing the toxic chemical Permethrin. Several recent studies have confirmed the widespread resistance of head lice to retail products.”

 

“This isn’t really controversial,” said John Clark in a 2014 article titled “Head Lice Growing Resistant to Standard Meds.” Clark is a professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and co-author of one of the studies of resistant head lice. “This is a problem we’ve been showing in development over a period of about 20 years. But our new work now shows that head lice are now almost 100 percent [resistant]. That means there’s an awful lot of resistant insects out there in the U.S. and elsewhere.”

 

“The second reason to avoid commercial lice-removal products is that they may not be safe. Permethrin is a neurotoxin that kills lice by shutting down the insect’s central nervous system,” Watt says. “Lice-removal products have been deemed safe when used as directed, but overuse is common. Panicked parents often over-apply the product, and it may cause serious health problems.”

Richard Clapp, an environmental health expert and professor emeritus at Boston University, has said that Permethrin, especially when combined with other problematic chemicals, can cause seizures and, down the road, behavioral problems. In a 2009 memo, the EPA classified Permethrin as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” in some conditions.

 

Environmentally relevant levels of pyrethroids—the class of pesticide that includes Permethrin—are also common in some household insecticide products. This means that adding lice shampoo, even the amount directed, to the level of pyrethroids already in a home can overexpose children to the pesticide.

 

“Finally, the third reason for thinking twice before using OTC lice-removal products is that they are not ovicidal, meaning, they don’t kill lice eggs, or nits, which is a real problem in the battle against head lice,” says Watt.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pyrethrins (another type of pyrethroids) can only kill live lice, not unhatched eggs (nits). Nits are affixed to hair shafts with a very strong glue-like substance and must be manually removed.

 

“If every nit is not removed, you’ll simply get a new case of head lice when the eggs hatch a week or so after the treatment is applied,” continues Watt.

 

Fortunately, there’s a pesticide-free alternative to lice-removal medications. It’s a medical device (rather than a shampoo), known as the AirAllé device, that uses heated air to dehydrate and kill head lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs. It’s been clinically proven to be safe and effective and has been cleared for use by the FDA. Treatments using this device are available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers throughout the United States and around the world. In most cases, head lice are removed in a single 60- to 90-minute treatment, and the treatment is guaranteed to be effective by the clinic.

 

Lice Clinics of America has successfully treated more than 675,000 cases. The company has more than 265 clinics in 20 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America – Texas Lice Removal has three locations. College Station is located at 404 University Drive East, Suite E, College Station, TX 77840. Tomball is located at 11601 Spring Cypress, Suite C, Tomball, TX 77377. The Woodlands is located at 2219 Sawdust Road, Suite 2003, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Each location is open seven days a week by appointment. Call 979-481-6144 for College Station, 832-648-619 for Tomball, or 832-957-0373 for The Woodlands or visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The Science Behind the World’s Only One-Hour Head Lice Treatment

It took a biologist researching the evolution of parasites to discover that head lice can be completely eradicated with desiccation, or “drying them out.” Dr. Dale Clayton, a biology professor at the University of Utah, found that lice on birds in more arid climates had a harder time surviving than those on birds in more humid climates. When his own children suffered from a bout of head lice and lice shampoos had little effect, he decided to test a theory and see if drying the head lice with heated air would eradicate them.

Dr. Clayton and his team of student scientists created the AirAllé® (pronounced ‘air-uh-LAY’), a device that concentrates heated air near the scalp—without burning it—where head lice prefer to hang out and lay their eggs. After about 30 minutes, the device can completely eliminate all head lice and their eggs (nits), with less than a one percent chance of recurrence. “It’s the only head lice treatment available that is guaranteed to get rid of everything—lice and their eggs—in just one visit,” says Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Texas Lice Removal

Lice Clinics of America (LCA) has exclusive rights to use the FDA-cleared medical device to treat head lice. No chemicals or pesticides are necessary, which is good news for parents. “Head lice, known as ‘super lice,’ have been found to have developed a resistance to most over-the-counter products, making those products less effective,” says Watt. “Using the AirAllé, we can have clients out the door, lice and nit-free, in about an hour.”

After trying everything from blow dryers to heated rice bag caps, Dr. Clayton and his team discovered that heated air, if applied at the correct temperature at the right location for a specific amount of time, quickly kills head lice and kills their eggs over 99 percent of the time.

“It’s so rewarding to be able to offer such an effective treatment to parents who are stressed out and frustrated in their unsuccessful attempts to eliminate head lice. They’re always so relieved when they see their ‘lice nightmare’ has come to an end,” says Watt.

About Lice Clinics of America – LCA Texas Lice Removal
Lice Clinics of America has successfully treated 675,000 cases. The company has over 300 clinics in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America – Texas Lice Removal has three locations. College Station is located at 404 University Drive East, Suite E, College Station, TX 77840. Tomball is located at 11601 Spring Cypress, Suite C, Tomball, TX 77377. The Woodlands is located at 2219 Sawdust Road, Suite 2003, The Woodlands, TX 77380. Each location is open seven days a week by appointment. Call 979-481-6144 for College Station, 832-648-619 for Tomball, or 832-957-0373 for The Woodlands or visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PESTICIDES ARE FOR PLANTS, MAYO IS FOR SANDWICHES

Traditionally there have been three options when it comes to head lice treatment: drugstore DIY lice products; nit-picking, or home remedies recommended by other parents.

There are challenges with all three of these lice treatments. First, many drugstore head lice products use pyrethroids to kill live lice which is a class of pesticides. Head lice in 48 states in the United States as well as some other countries, have developed resistance to pyrethroids. Since pyrethroids have been linked to behavior problems in children, do you really want to be washing your child’s hair with a pesticide?

“Many parents have come to us after weeks of battling lice with over the counter DIY lice treatments, some have spent hundreds of dollars on treatments that don’t work and have spent countless hours cleaning their house and washing bedding” says Watt of College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands.

Home remedies are completely unproven. Common recommendations include smothering a child’s head with mayonnaise or petroleum jelly overnight. Mayonnaise? Petroleum jelly?  These approaches are meant to suffocate live lice. “Natural” treatments recommended like tea tree oil can actually prove toxic if over-applied.

These methods, even if they were to be effective with killing live lice, do not kill lice eggs. Killing lice eggs (nits) is the most difficult part of a lice treatment. Nits are extremely hard to see and remove, and if you miss just one, the egg will hatch, and you’ll have a fresh case of head lice on your hands.

“We have seen countless parents come in after trying to treat lice at home with these home remedies, but all they’ve gotten is more frustration” says Watt.

This brings us to combing and nitpicking. This is a long and tedious process.

As Health.com points out, “It’s best to approach lice as a war on many fronts: You need to use a variety of techniques to kill not only adult lice, but also their tiny eggs (called nits), which are glued to the hair shaft. The nits can survive treatments that kill the adults and vice versa (These bugs have evolved over a millennium to live in hair, so they’re tricky).”

What’s a parent to do? “It’s best to steel yourself for weeks or months of vigilance since lice can reappear due to repeated exposure or a missed nit.”

Fortunately, scientists at the University of Utah have come to the rescue with a revolutionary medical device called the AirAllé that kills lice by applying carefully controlled heated air to the hair and scalp, dehydrating live lice and eggs in a single treatment that takes a 60-90 minutes.

AirAllé Lice Treatment

The AirAllé® has been through the lengthy FDA-clearance process where in clinical trials it was found to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs.

The FDA-cleared medical device, the AirAllé is operated in clinics by certified technicians who deliver treatments that last 60-90 minutes in most cases, and results are guaranteed when all family members are checked for lice and treated in the case of an active infestation.

Because the AirAllé device only uses heated air to kill lice and eggs, there are no harmful pesticides involved and no lengthy nitpicking process is required. This sounds a lot more pleasant than pesticides or sleeping with a head full of mayonnaise.

“It’s amazing to see the relief on a happy mom who is able to leave our clinic lice free after having tried everything to get rid of lice” says Watt.

Let’s leave pesticides in farms (maybe not) but keep them out of our hair. Let’s leave mayonnaise on sandwiches, which can be quite delicious. Let’s use science and medicine to treat head lice.

Lice Clinics of America has over 330 treatment centers in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call College Station (855) 464-8688, Tomball (832) 648-1619, or The Woodlands (832) 957-0373.

Lice Clinics of America® – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands Shares Summer Camp Lice Prevention Tips

Ah, summer camp. Campfires, s’mores, swimming, and…head lice?

“Head lice don’t take the summer off,” said Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America® – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands. “In fact, summer camps are ‘custom made’ to spread head lice, with kids in close quarters, sleeping and playing together for extended periods of time.”

“No parent wants to get the call that their camper has head lice,” Watt said. Here are a few things you can do to decrease the odds that your child gets lice at camp:

  1. First and foremost, get a professional head check before camp. Make sure your child doesn’t already have head lice before camp starts. Many children have lice without knowing it. It can take up to two weeks before symptoms such as itching to start. Check again when your child gets home. A professional check is best because lice can be difficult to accurately diagnose. Our clinic offers head checks for $25 which is waived if lice are found and the child is treated. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
  2. Know your facts. Lice spread primarily through head-to-head contact. They don’t fly or jump. Head lice can’t live anywhere but on a human scalp (hence the name ‘head’ lice), so encourage your children to avoid head-to-head and hair-to-hair contact, including hugs and selfies.
  3. Use a lice prevention product such as Lice Clinics of America’s preventive sprays and shampoos. They are non-toxic, easy to apply and serve as a kind of lice repellent for your child. They can be used daily for an extra layer of protection.
  4. Make sure your children use their own combs, brushes, clips, and anything else they use on their hair. While it is rare that lice spread through shared personal items, it can happen.
  5. Lice don’t die in water. They can hold their breath for up to eight hours, so children should only use their own towels to dry themselves after swimming or showering.

Finally, if your child does come home with head lice, don’t panic or punish yourself. “You and your child didn’t do anything wrong,” Watt said. “Twelve million children under the age of 14 get head lice each year in the United States alone. It’s no different than catching a cold—your child just got lice from someone else.”

Watt also wants you to know that getting rid of head lice is easier than ever, thanks to Lice Clinics of America’s FDA-cleared, AirAllé® medical device. AirAllé uses heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs and has been clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment. The service takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be effective.

“If you come in for a head check, and we find head lice or nits on your child, we can treat him or her on the spot, and you’ll leave our clinic lice-free in an hour or so, guaranteed,” Watt said.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call College Station (855) 464-8688, Tomball (832) 648-1619, or The Woodlands (832) 957-0373.

Lice Clinics of America® – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands Shares Safe Selfie Tips for National Selfie Day

National Selfie Day is June 21, and Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands wants families to know that while selfies can be fun, they have also been linked to an increase in cases of head lice.

“A pediatrician recently coined the term ‘social media lice’ because she was seeing so many teenagers with head lice, and she linked the cases to taking selfies,” said Watt owner of Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands.

The College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands clinic is seeing more cases of head lice among teenagers, a significant change in clients. Historically, lice outbreaks typically slow as children get older, as teens don’t do as much sharing of clothing or sleep close together as younger children do. The selfie phenomenon is changing this.

“The problem comes when kids taking photos of themselves crowd their heads together in order to fit in the picture,” Watt said. “Head-to-head contact is the primary way head lice spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

When heads touch it’s a lot easier for lice to crawl from one head to another.

“Lice don’t fly or jump, so the only way that they can spread is by physical contact with another human’s hair or head,” Watt said. “Kids also get head lice from sitting close together in a car, hugging, or when they share hair utensils and accessories.”

“When taking selfies, be careful not to let heads and hair touch,” Watt said. “We know kids want to be spontaneous, but no one wants to get head lice.”

In addition to avoiding head-to-head contact, wash and sterilize combs and brushes that may have been shared. Any clothing that is suspected of carrying lice should be placed in a dryer on high heat for at least 20 minutes.

Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands is the area’s exclusive provider of lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device. AirAllé is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs through dehydration. Treatment takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be effective.

The College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands clinic also offer a line of preventive products in the form of sprays and shampoos that service as a kind of lice repellent. The products are non-toxic and approved for daily use.

“We don’t want anyone to get head lice from selfies or anything else,” Watt said. “But if you do, come to our clinic and you will be lice-free in an hour, and we can help you stay that way, too.”

Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands is one of 330 clinics in the Lice Clinics of America network in 33 countries. AirAllé has treated more than 675,000 cases of head lice worldwide with a success rate better than 99 percent.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call College Station (855) 464-8688, Tomball (832) 648-1619, or The Woodlands (832) 957-0373.

Lice Clinics of America® College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands Salutes Dads on Father’s Day

“Sometimes fathers are the unsung heroes in families when it comes to head lice,” said Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America at College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands. “When moms and kids are frantic, dad is often left to reassure them that everything will be okay.”

Not that dads can’t be frantic themselves. “There’s also times when desperate dads bring the family in for treatment,” Watt said. “Our message to all of them is, ‘your lice journey ends here.’”

This Father’s Day, Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands is saluting dads. The clinic is College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands’s leading head lice treatment center and the exclusive provider of lice treatment using AirAllé®, an FDA-cleared Class 1 medical device that has been clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits). AirAllé uses carefully controlled heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs. Treatment takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be effective.

“We want dads to know that with the AirAllé device their family can be lice-free in an hour,” Watt said. “Traditional treatments can take weeks, and, in some cases, they don’t work because most lice have become immune to the pesticides.”

Watt is referring to a study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology that found that 98 percent of lice in most of the United States have developed a genetic resistance to pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used in traditional lice products. Pyrethroids have also been linked to developmental and behavior issues in children. The AirAllé medical device is effective against pyrethroid-resistant lice and non-resistant lice because it doesn’t rely on pesticides or chemicals.

“We want to make sure that dads and moms know the facts about head lice and head lice treatment,” Watt said. “Our solution is medically and clinically proven to be effective. Come to our clinic and you can be lice-free in an hour, guaranteed.”

AirAllé was invented by a dad confronted with head lice. A University of Utah research team was studying bird lice and found that the lice struggled to survive in the arid desert climate and often died of dehydration. When the daughter of one of the researchers got head lice, and traditional treatments didn’t work, he turned the research team’s attention to finding a way to dehydrate head lice. The idea for AirAllé was born, and after 10 years of development and trials, the device was cleared by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for head lice.

To date, AirAllé has treated some 675,000 cases of head lice with a success rate better than 99 percent.

Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands also offers a complete line of pesticide-free, home lice treatment and prevention products that are also guaranteed to be effective when used as directed.

“The best lice treatment is to prevent your children from getting lice in the first place,” Watt said. “Our preventive shampoos and sprays serve as a lice repellant and, like mosquito repellant, they keep the bugs away from your children.”

The College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands clinics are two of 330 Lice Clinics of America treatment centers in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call College Station (855) 464-8688, Tomball (832) 648-1619, or The Woodlands (832) 957-0373.

Lice Clinics of America® – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands Shares Head Lice Safety Tips for National Safety Month

This June, the National Safety Council is sponsoring National Safety Month, a public awareness campaign to promote “reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.”

Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands is taking this opportunity to call attention to safe head lice treatment.

“There are two important safety issues with head lice,” says Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands. “First, it’s important to understand how to avoid getting head lice in the first place. Second, people need to know that some retail lice products and home remedies can be risky and dangerous.”

“Head lice don’t really cause any health problems,” Watt said. “They’re a nuisance more than anything, but no one wants bugs in their hair. The best way to prevent head lice is to avoid head-to-head contact. Children get lice the most because they spend more time in close physical contact than adults.”

Then there’s the alleged cures for head lice that are often worse than the condition they are supposed to treat.

“Many parents don’t realize that the active ingredients in over-the-counter head lice treatment products are pesticides,” Watt said. “The most popular products use pyrethroids, a class of home and garden pesticides that have been linked to behavioral and developmental problems in children.”

“What makes things worse is that the products are mostly ineffective now because head lice have developed resistance to pyrethroids,” Watt said. “The most recent study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of lice in most states now carry a genetic resistance to pyrethroids.”

Home lice treatment “remedies” can also be dangerous, even deadly. Some internet sites recommend using kerosene to remove head lice, which is highly flammable—there have been multiple cases of severe burns from the practice. Mayonnaise is another popular home remedy for lice treatment. In 2016, a toddler suffocated when a plastic bag slipped over her face—the bag had been placed on her head to contain the mayonnaise.

Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands provides head lice removal using a pesticide-free, FDA-cleared medical device known as AirAllé®. The device uses heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs in a matter of minutes. In clinical trials, AirAllé killed live lice and more than 98 percent of eggs. The device has been used to treat more than 675,000 cases of head lice with a success rate better than 99 percent.

Best of all, a single treatment only takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be effective. “If you come to our clinic with a case of head lice, you’ll leave lice-free an hour later,” Watt said.

Lice Clinics of America also makes a line of safe, pesticide-free, guaranteed home products for people that prefer home treatment. There’s no reason to expose yourself or your children to dangerous products or practices.

“People tend to panic when they discover head lice in their families,” Watt said, “and sometimes they try things that are not safe. We want everyone to know that we make dealing with head lice fast, safe, and easy.”

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call College Station (855) 464-8688, Tomball (832) 648-1619, or The Woodlands (832) 957-0373.

 

Summer Camp Program

Lice Clinics of America® – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands Offers Summer Camp Lice Prevention Program

One thing that parents dread about summer camp is the occurrence of head lice, which can result in kids being sent home, causing embarrassment and inconvenience to parents and campers alike.

 

Lice Clinics of America in College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands are offering an innovative program for summer camps in the College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands areas in partnership with the American Camp Association to provide head lice education, pre-camp screenings, on-site screenings, and on-site and off-site treatment options that are guaranteed to be effective.

 

“The American Camp Association has said that every year a majority of calls to its Camp Crisis Hotline are from camps that have concerns about lice,” said Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands. “Either they have detected head lice on a camper’s or staffer’s head, or they want help preparing for an infestation should one happen.”

 

“No one wants head lice to ruin a camp experience,” Watt said. “We’re excited to provide this service and to make camp less stressful for parents, children, and camp leaders.”

 

Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands is the area’s 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.

 

“Camps are thrilled to know that any camper with head lice can be lice-free in an hour, guaranteed, and everyone can get back to having fun,” Watt said.

 

Head lice have become more difficult to treat in recent years as most head lice are now resistant to the pesticides that the most popular lice products use. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of head lice in the United States and other countries are now immune to pyrethroids, the pesticides used in most lice products. Additionally, pyrethroids have been linked to behavioral and developmental problems in children.

 

“Our treatments are fast, safe, and guaranteed to be effective, even against resistant lice,” Watt said. “We never use pesticides or harmful chemicals.”

 

The College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands clinics’ summer camp program offers multiple options:

 

  • Pre-screening: Parents can contact the clinic for an appointment to be screened 24-48 hours before the first day of camp. An “all-clear” screening allows the children to skip an on-site screening at camp.
  • On-site screening: Campers can be screened at the camp location by a certified Lice Clinics of America technician. Positive screenings will be treated with the AirAllé medical device.
  • Do-it-yourself: The College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands clinics also have several non-toxic treatment options for camps to have on-hand for lice outbreaks, including easy-to-use gels and applicators that facilitate the treatment process. Preventive shampoos, conditioners, and sprays are also available.

 

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 675,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.

 

Camps interested in partnering with Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands can learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call College Station (855) 464-8688, Tomball (832) 648-1619, or The Woodlands (832) 957-0373.

 

 

 

 

Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands Supports Moms for Mother’s Day

“We want moms to know we’re here for them on Mother’s Day and all year,” said Sonia Watt, owner of Lice Clinics of America – College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands. “We know how much stress and pressure moms face under normal circumstances, and when head lice enter the picture, it can feel like fuel to the ‘fire.’”

 

Indeed, many Lice Clinics of America treatment centers were launched by moms after dealing with head lice in their own families. It’s no wonder the clinics are champions of moms everywhere. “Experiencing head lice can be an exercise in futility for moms because there’s so much misinformation and confusion about how to treat infestations, what works, and what doesn’t work,” Watt said. “Most of us have experienced it in our own lives and we see it every day in our clinic.”

 

“We want to educate and support moms with the facts about head lice,” Watt said. “The two most important facts moms need to know is that head lice have nothing to do with hygiene, and that most head lice are now immune to the pesticides used in the most popular lice products.”

 

“The stigma that head lice are caused by dirty homes or hair keeps people from seeking treatment which then results in worsening and persistent infestations,” Watt said. “And when moms try to treat head lice on their own, they often fail with products that no longer work and grow even more stressed and frustrated.”

 

Watt’s first and foremost message to moms whose children have head lice is this: You didn’t do anything wrong. “Most moms are embarrassed that their children have head lice, and that feeling can prevent them from seeking treatment, which just makes things worse,” Watt said. “We tell them the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that ‘personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.’”

 

The second fact about lice treatment is that most popular head lice products rely on pesticides, but most lice are now immune to those pesticides. A study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology in 2016 found that 98 percent of head lice in the United States and other countries have developed a genetic resistance to pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used by popular lice products. Pyrethroids have also been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children.

 

The College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands clinics are the area’s 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.

 

“Our most important message to moms is that a pesticide-free cure is just an hour away,” Watt said. “The joy and relief moms express when they leave our clinic lice-free makes every day feel like Mother’s Day.”

The College Station, Tomball, and The Woodlands clinics also offers pesticide-free, guaranteed home lice treatment and prevention products.

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 675,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.

 

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit https://texasliceremovalclinic.com, email info@texasliceremovalclinic.com, or call College Station (855) 464-8688, Tomball (832) 648-1619, or The Woodlands (832) 957-0373.