Breaking News in Lice Treatment

Lice Clinics of America | Mid South

Breaking news in lice treatment and super lice this season. This section includes news articles published about the Lice Clinics of America network or one of our clinic locations.

Lice Clinics of America in Oklahoma and Arkansas Report Lice Activity Increase During Pandemic

With Families Isolating at Home, Lice Infestations Are Intense

August 6, 2020

Tulsa, OK – Lice Clinics of America–MidSouth, part of the Lice Clinics of America 200 network, reported an increase in lice treatments of 42 percent in their two Oklahoma clinics and a 69 percent increase in their Arkansas clinic from April to May of this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Head lice infestations affecting the entire family have been more severe during the pandemic, likely due to the fact that families have isolated at home together.

“We were able to stay open throughout the pandemic, seeing families one at a time in our clinics,” says Jessie Foley, Director of Clinics for the three MidSouth clinics in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Lowell, Arkansas. “Our staff wear masks and all clinics practice thorough cleaning protocols. We also screen clients regarding their health so if they have respiratory distress or a temperature, they can reschedule.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Head-to-head contact with an already infested person is the most common way to get head lice. Head-to-head contact is common during play at school, at home, and elsewhere, such as sports activities, the playground, slumber parties, and camps.” The CDC estimates 6-12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children 3-11 years of age.

Dr. Krista Lauer, Medical Director of LCA, states, “If you have children who are elementary and middle-school ages, it’s important to take some immediate steps to either prevent your children from being infested or to properly treat and kill the lice before they spread to others in your family and social group.”

Dr. Lauer says, “First, don’t panic, and second, don’t be embarrassed. A head lice infestation has nothing to do with personal hygiene or the cleanliness of your environment. In fact, with recent self-isolating orders, head lice infestations more easily spread to everyone in the household due to close proximity.”

She recommends the following to make sure lice aren’t living in your child’s hair:

  1. Inspect your own head and your child’s, especially if your child has an itchy scalp. Look for eggs, nymphs, and adult lice. One adult louse can lay about a hundred eggs during her life span. That’s a lot of new lice.
  2. Call the parents of your child’s friends and have them check for head lice, remembering that earlier intervention can help to reduce the infestation level. With shelter-in-place orders being lifted, kids are playing together again, and summer camps are in session.
  3. If you see lice—or if you are unsure whether you have lice—visit a professional lice treatment center such as Lice Clinics of America for a screening.
  4. Traditional over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides that are ineffective. Lice have evolved into “super lice” and have developed resistance to those pesticides. Find a treatment that is safe and effective. Lice Clinics of America has several options to choose from.

In terms of lice activity still happening in large numbers amidst a pandemic when most people are staying home and social distancing, “We’ve found that the one individual that had lice spread it to the entire family during the quarantine. Instead of seeing one or two individuals at our clinic, we’re seeing more families,” says Foley. “The level of infestations was still mild to moderate but were spread across multiple individuals.”

Lice Clinics of America is the world’s number-one service brand for treating head lice. The company’s revolutionary heated-air treatment is guaranteed to kill lice, lice eggs, and super lice in a single, one-hour treatment. Lice Clinics of America offers professional lice screenings and a full line of top-rated lice treatment and prevention products including professional solutions for parents with children at home.

For more information visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.

News Segment on Fox News 23

How to avoid scary Halloween head lice

Halloween is peak season for lice infestations, and kids are the most susceptible.
BY MADELINE EWING
TuslaPeople.com

With Halloween around the corner, Tulsans are gearing up with spooky costumes, decorations and snacks. However, vampires aren’t the only blood-thirsty prowlers around. Halloween is peak season for lice infestations, according to Wade Huntsman, owner of Lice Clinics of America Tulsa, 3336 E. 32nd St., .

While everyone can contract lice, kids are the most susceptible.

Huntsman advises taking preventative measures to avoid contracting lice in the first place. Wigs, hats, masks and costumes can all be temporary homes to lice. It is best to avoid sharing or trying on these garments altogether. If contact with lice is unavoidable, the Lice Clinics of America encourages the use of peppermint or tea tree oil spray on any person or surface to repel insects and decreases the chance of lice transferal.

Peppermint spray can be purchased at Lice Clinics of America locations or health-food stores. The peppermint or tea tree oil sprays are only preventatives, not treatments, so it cannot do anything once lice is contracted. Lice can survive in water, so washing hair has no impact.

“All it takes is one bug, and you’ve got the whole process started on your head,” Huntsman says. “It happens very, very rapidly, and in a month’s time, you can have quite an infestation from a single bug.”

These parasites live and lay eggs in human hair, usually close to the scalp. Although lice do not carry diseases or bacteria, they repopulate and transfer easily, so immediate and effective removal is necessary. The Lice Clinics of America performs FDA-cleared treatments with a 99.6% success rate, without the use of toxic chemicals.

In a clean, salon-like space, clinicians treat patients’ heads with the patented AirAllé® device, which uses heated air to dehydrate and kill lice and eggs. After this 90-minute process, which also includes a professional comb-out of the dead debris and an application of non-toxic dimethicone oil, the patient walks away lice-free with a 30-day guarantee.

“With almost every single patient, you’ll hear a mom say, ‘I had no idea places like this existed!’” Huntsman says.

Although some other over-the-counter lice treatments kill lice, they do not kill their eggs, which can later hatch and start an infestation all over again. Nix, one such treatment, is no longer effective, according to Huntsman. “It started in 1984 and was effective, but by 2008, it was only 25% effective,” Huntsman says.

Super Lice, which are prevalent in Oklahoma, are pesticide-resistant. “I cannot emphasize this enough,” Huntsman says. “It’s why centers like this exist today.”

Lice Clinics of America Tulsa works with school nurses from surrounding districts to ensure families know its services are available.

Soccer Coach Helps Northwest Arkansas Families Cure Head Lice with New Lice Clinic

Lice Clinics of America – Northwest Arkansas provides guaranteed, one-and-done lice treatments using FDA-cleared medical device that succeeds where traditional products fail.

Lowell, Arkansas

Springdale native Wade Huntsman is a former soccer coach and previously served as president of Oklahoma’s largest soccer club, Metro Tulsa Soccer Club’s United. These days, he spends his time helping Northwest Arkansas children and parents win the battle against head lice with a new Lice Clinics of America® treatment center in Lowell.

“I coached soccer for 15 years and love being around kids,” Wade said. “I’ve experienced head lice first hand with my daughters, and I’m excited to bring this solution back home to Northwest Arkansas.  Up until recently, these state of the art treatments were only available in larger markets such as Dallas and Kansas City.”

Lice Clinics of America – Northwest Arkansas provides head checks, diagnosis, and treatments for people infested with head lice. The clinic is staffed by certified operators of the AirAllé® device, an FDA-cleared medical device clinically proven to kill 99 percent of head lice using warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs.

“Nothing makes you a believer in Lice Clinics of America quite like seeing it work so well on your own kids,” Wade said, and he thrives on coaching families through the game of lice. “Now I love being there when the families come in panicked, frazzled, and embarrassed so that I can start turning that attitude around.”

The battle against head lice has gotten far more difficult in recent years as head lice have become resistant to the chemical pesticides in most popular lice products. A recent study found that so-called “Super Lice” comprise 98 percent of head lice in most states.

The AirAllé device doesn’t use pesticides or toxic chemicals. Instead, it applies precision-controlled heated air to the hair and scalp to dehydrate lice and eggs (nits) on the spot.

“Super lice is the norm now in our part of the country, and last generation’s over-the-counter products just don’t work anymore,” Wade said. “We are focusing on getting the word out to parents and have partnered with the major local school districts to train nurses about how dehydration is the only effective way to cure head lice.”

Most treatments using the AirAllé take about 90 minutes, and the treatment is guaranteed to be effective. The AirAllé has successfully treated more than 700,000 cases of head lice worldwide.

The Northwest Arkansas clinic is located in Lowell, at 207 East Monroe Ave, Suite D, and is open seven days a week, 8:30am to 8:30pm by appointment only.

With more than 400 clinics in 36 countries, Lice Clinics of America (www.LiceClinicsOfAmerica.com) is the largest network of professional head-lice treatment centers in the world. Lice Clinics of America and AirAllé (www.airalle.com) are brands owned by Larada SciencesTM, Inc., which is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Background:

Owner Wade Huntsman was raised in Springdale and graduated from Springdale High School and the University of Arkansas, as did his wife, Susan.

Jessie Foley is the Director of Clinics and is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas.