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Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield Report Lice Activity Increase During Pandemic
With Families Isolating at Home, Lice Infestations Are Intense
July 30, 2020
Bakersfield, CA – July 30, 2020 – Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield, part of the Lice Clinics of America’s 200 clinic US network, reported an increase in lice treatments of 37 percent 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 nationwide, likely due to the fact that families have isolated at home together.
“When quarantine first started, we changed our protocol to appointments only by reservation,” says Melanie Sherman, owner of the Bakersfield clinic. “We did only one family at a time in the clinic. It made for some pretty long days, but it was really nice to stay open and be there for the people who need us. In the middle of June, we reinstated our walk-in hours, but only in the afternoon. Our morning hours are still for appointment only so that we can accommodate those families who still want to isolate and do not want to be in with other families.”
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 Lice Clinics of America, 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
“Our customers are very glad we have been able to remain open,” says Sherman. “As always, we maintain strict cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The COVID-19 pandemic gave us the opportunity to really assess what the community needs are and adjust our options to make safe and effective lice treatments accessible to all.”
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.
Teacher and Day Care Center Owner Opens New Lice Clinics of America Treatment Center
New clinic provides guaranteed, one-and-done lice treatments using FDA-cleared medical device
Melanie Sherman has been on the front lines of head lice battles as a teacher and a day care center owner, but when she was confronted with head lice in her own family, she reacted like so many parents do. “I was that panicked mom who had no clue what to do,” she said. “I scoured the Internet and stumbled on Lice Clinics of America®. One hour later we were in the car driving four hours to our closest clinic.”
She liked what she found, and this year she opened Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield (https://liceclinicsbakersfield.com), which provides screening, diagnosis and treatment options for people infested with head lice and is staffed by certified operators of the AirAllé® medical device. The AirAllé® FDA-cleared medical device that is clinically shown to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single treatment that takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be effective.
Families increasingly try and fail to treat head lice with traditional head lice treatment products. Head lice have developed a genetic resistance to the chemical pesticides in the most popular products. The most recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology published in 2016 found that 98 percent of super lice in most U.S. states are resistant to their active ingredients. The pesticides used in traditional lice products have also been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children.
Because it is pesticide-free, the AirAllé kills super lice just as easily as it kills non-resistant lice. The device has treated more than 950,000 cases of head lice worldwide with a success rate better than 99 percent.
Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield is located 2920 F Street, Suite G9. The clinic is open seven days per week by appointment. The AirAllé treatment comes with a 30-day guarantee when all family members are treated or screened for head lice.
With more than 350 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 Sciences™, Inc., which is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.