School breaks—summer, winter, and spring—are peak lice times as kids spend more unstructured time together. “We see it every year,” said Melanie Sherman, owner of Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield. “Our phones start ringing after every break because kids go back to school with head lice.”
Sherman has some tips for head lice prevention and treatment to keep lice out of your life or to eradicate them as quickly as possible.
“One thing we always recommend is that you get a professional screening before your child returns to school,” Sherman said. “Head lice can be very difficult to correctly diagnose, and we find that parents either mistake dandruff for head lice or think actual head lice are just dandruff.”
The Bakersfield clinic offers professional screenings for a modest fee, which is waived if live lice are found and treatment is scheduled.
“We also carry a complete line of lice prevention products that are guaranteed to be effective when used properly,” Sherman said. “They’re completely nontoxic and a great way to prevent head lice during school breaks.” Preventive products include shampoos, conditioners, and sprays that can be used daily or when exposure to head lice is likely.
“It’s also important to be educated about head lice to avoid unnecessary risks,” Sherman said. “Head lice spread mainly through head-to-head contact—they don’t jump or fly but they can scramble from one head to another in a matter of seconds.”
Parents can reduce exposure to head lice infestations by keeping children’s hair short or pulled tight, and by checking for head lice after high contact situations like sleepovers or shared
vacation rooms. Early detection can make treatment easier and ensure that head lice don’t spread to other family members.
Sherman has good news for parents that are confronted with lice after spring break or at any other time. “Head lice don’t have to be nightmare,” she said. “Come to our clinic and you can be lice free in an hour, guaranteed.”
That’s no “snake oil” pitch. It’s an FDA-cleared, clinically proven fact. Lice Clinics of America – Bakersfield is the area’s exclusive provider of head lice treatment using the AirAllé® medical device. Developed by researchers at the University of Utah, AirAllé kills lice and eggs through dehydration using carefully controlled heated air. In clinical trials, it killed live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs. Treatments take about an hour and are guaranteed to be effective.
Traditional lice treatments require multiple applications and tedious nitpicking to remove eggs. Lice have developed resistance to the pesticides traditional products use, and it is not uncommon for families to struggle with head lice for weeks or months at a time.
“We want families to be lice-free after spring break and all year round,” Sherman said. “But if you do get head lice, we’re here to make getting rid of them easy.”
With 330 clinics in 35 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. AirAllé device has treated more than 500,000 cases of head lice around the world with a success rate better than 99 percent.