It’s time to celebrate all things spring again: daffodils, bunnies, chicks, and, of course, Easter egg hunts. Hundreds of families will be gathering at churches and parks to watch their little ones scramble to fill their baskets as fast as possible.
There are some eggs some that no parent or child in Kern County wants to find at Easter or any other time of the year: nits. These are the eggs that are precursors to head lice. Anyone who finds these eggs wants to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield is holding its annual “Egg Hunt” on April 20, when clinics around the country will give free head screenings and also free treatments for anyone with an active case of head lice.
“At our egg hunts, people line up at our clinics to get checked and treated for head lice, all for free,” said Melanie Sherman, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield. “We do this as a service to our community, to reduce the stigma associated with head lice, and to show that there is a revolutionary treatment available that makes lice treatment faster, easier, and safer.”
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 12 million children 13 and under get head lice each year,” Sherman said. “There are 48 million children in the United States in that age group, which means that one in four will have head lice. A professional head check is one of the best ways to detect a case of head lice and early treatment can prevent a worse infestation.”
The Bakersfield clinic is the area’s exclusive provider of treatment for head lice using AirAllé®, an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs using warm air to dehydrate lice and nits. No pesticides are used, and the entire treatment takes about an hour.
Head lice have become tougher to treat in recent decades as they have become immune to pyrethroids, the pesticides used in the most popular over-the-counter lice products. The most recent study found that 98 percent of lice in most U.S. states, so-called “super lice,” are resistant to pyrethroids. Pyrethroids have also been linked to behavioral and developmental problems in children, including poor attention and early puberty in boys.
“There is no need to use dangerous pesticides on your children,” Sherman said. “Science and medicine have made faster and safer alternatives available to families.”
The Bakersfield clinic also offers a line of home treatment products that prevent and kill head lice without toxic chemicals or pesticides, though they can take a bit longer than the AirAllé treatment to be effective.
The Egg Hunt will check and treat people on a first-come, first-served basis during operating hours from 8am-8pm. Spots will fill quickly so come early to reserve your specific treatment time.
With more 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. The AirAllé has treated more than 600,000 cases of head lice around the world, with a success rate better than 99 percent.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit liceclinicsbakersfield.com or call 661-885-5423.