Back-to-School: It’s Christmas for Head Lice?!

“Back-to-school is like Christmas for head lice,” says Michelle Cherry, owner of Lice Away Today® in Tampa, FL. “Like children waking up on Christmas morning and rushing to see what’s under the tree, lice can’t wait for kids to get together and start hugging and putting their heads together to pose for selfies.”

“We always see a big surge in lice infestations in September,” Michelle said. “All it takes is for one child to return to school with head lice, and the lice will spread to anyone that child’s hair comes into contact with.”

The best way to prevent head lice from spreading through a classroom, school or family is by checking children’s heads for lice before the first day of class. Michelle Cherry recommend a professional head lice screening, as finding and identifying lice can be difficult. “Adult head lice are about the size of a sesame seed and generally stay within 1/4 inch of the scalp,” Michelle Cherry said. “They’re easy to miss, especially the very tiny nymphs, which are the newborn lice. We always use a microscope in the clinic to assure we don’t miss anything.”

Lice Away Today in Tampa offers professional head lice screenings. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind,” says Michelle Cherry. The price is waived if the child has lice and receives a professional one-and-done treatment in the clinic. Even better, if your child doesn’t have head lice, the clinic offers lice prevention products or professional head lice screenings.

Prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to head lice. Lice Away Today preventive sprays and shampoos are an excellent way to help keep children lice-free year-round. They have a scent that is pleasant to humans but obnoxious to lice. Keeping head lice away from your family is much better than having to treat an infestation.

“If we do find lice during the screening, there is no need to panic. You are already in the right place to get the fastest, safest, most effective treatment available. Lice Away Today in Tampa is the exclusive provider of the one-and-done single treatment solution. This treatment takes about one hour and is guaranteed to be effective. We use the AirAllé® medical device which is an FDA-cleared Class I medical device. In clinical trials, the AirAllé device was proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment by using precision-controlled heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs. We can have you lice-free in an hour, guaranteed for 30 days and no follow-up required.

Lice Away Today in Tampa is part of the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. There are more than 350 clinics in more than 36 countries. The AirAllé medical device has successfully treated more than 400,000 cases of head lice worldwide, with a success rate greater than 99 percent. Lice Away Today also offers home treatment products that are non-toxic, pesticide free and guaranteed to be effective when used as directed. Visit www.liceawaytoday.net to learn more.

Be sure your child be won’t be a Christmas gift for head lice! Schedule a professional head lice screening today!

Lice Away Today – Tampa, Florida – Shares Summer Lice Prevention Tips

Lice don’t take summer off, according to Michelle Cherry, owner of Lice Away Today – Tampa, Florida. In fact, summer months often spur an uptake in cases of head lice when children spend an extended amount of time together with sleepovers, camps, and family vacations.

“Summer vacations when kids are sleeping together, or staying with other families, are opportunities for the spread of head lice,” Michelle said. “Here are a few things you can do to decrease the odds that your child won’t bring lice home from summer sleepovers and vacations.”

  • First and foremost, get a professional head check before and after vacations or camps. Make sure that your child doesn’t already have head lice before you leave. Many children have lice without knowing it. It can take up to two weeks before symptoms like itching start to occur. Check again when you get home.
  • Use a lice prevention product like Lice Clinics of America’s Lice Preventer Kit. It’s a non-toxic, pediatrician-recommended liquid gel in a no-mess dispenser that makes application fast and easy. You apply it at shower time, and it works as a kind of lice repellant for up to six weeks.
  • Make sure your children have their own hair care tools and accessories like combs, brushes, clips and anything else they use on their hair. Sharing items that contain strands of hair is one way that lice can spread.
  • If children will be swimming, they shouldn’t share towels at the pool or beach. Lice can hold their breath for up to eight hours, so if your child uses a towel that others have used to dry their hair, it could be an opportunity for head lice to climb on board.
  • In general, discourage sharing. This can be a difficult lesson for parents to give children. We all want our children to be kind and to share. But in addition to hair care products, towels, pillows, hats, scarves, jackets and any other products where detached strands of hair might be found can be a source of head lice. Because head lice can’t live anywhere but on a human scalp, if they are on hair that falls off someone, they will do whatever they can to return to a human head.

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,” Michelle said. “12 million people get head lice each year in the United States alone. It’s like catching a cold.”

Michelle also want you to know that getting rid of head lice is easier than ever, thanks to Lice Clinics of America’s FDA-cleared solution, the AirAllé® medical device. It uses heated air to dehydrate lice and eggs and has been clinically shown to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of nits in a single treatment that takes about an hour, and the service 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, guaranteed,” Michelle said.

Lice Away Today – Tampa, Florida is located at 4308 West El Prado Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33629 and is open seven days a week by appointment. Please call 813-410-4860 or visit www.liceawaytoday.net for more information or to schedule an appointment.

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Head Lice Guidance

American Academy of Pediatricians Updates Head Lice Guidance

 

In 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its guidance on head lice treatment as new products were introduced after the academy’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.

“Head lice infestation is associated with limited morbidity but causes a high level of anxiety among parents of school-aged children,” the report says. “Since the 2010 clinical report on head lice was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, newer medications have been approved for the treatment of head lice. This revised clinical report clarifies current diagnosis and treatment protocols and provides guidance for the management of children with head lice in the school setting.”

The AAP recognizes that head lice in the United States have developed resistance to the most popular over-the-counter lice products (pediculicides). As a by-product of this resistance, some parents have over-applied the medications, hoping that using more of the products would make them more successful. The AAP warns against this, saying, “the potential for misdiagnosis and the resulting improper use of pediculicides and the emergence of resistance to both available and newer products, many without proof of efficacy or safety, call for increased physician involvement in the diagnosis and treatment.”

“The prevalence of resistance has not been systematically studied but seems to be highly variable from community to community and country to country.” In fact, the most recent study released shows 100 percent of lice in 42 states are resistant to the active ingredients in over-the-counter lice products.

“The ideal treatment of lice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, readily available without a prescription, easy to use, effective, and inexpensive,” the report says.  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.

AAP lists the AirAllé® as effective lice treatment device

For the first time, the AAP lists the AirAllé® medical device as an effective lice treatment device. “The AirAllé® (Larada Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT) device is a custom-built machine that uses one 30-minute application of hot air in an attempt to desiccate the lice. One study showed that subjects had nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice.”

The AirAllé® device is the only treatment option listed in the AAP report that uses heated air. A clinical trial showed that the FDA-cleared medical device killed live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs. It uses nothing but heated air, carefully controlled and applied, to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are no chemicals involved and no nitpicking is required.

Lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America treatment centers, where certified staff use the device to remove live lice and eggs. The process takes from 30-90 minutes, depending on the extent of the infestation and the length of the hair. Most clinics guarantee success as long as all household members are checked for head lice prior to treatment.

Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. Some 180 clinics have opened in the United States to date with approximately 300 clinics worldwide.

Lice Away Today

4308 West El Prado Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629

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