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Lice Clinics of America Reports Lice Activity Increased 80 Percent in Southwestern Louisiana This Winter Over Last

Though not life-threatening, lice are highly contagious and have built a resistance to over-the-counter remedies

LAFAYETTE, LA, March 12, 2019 – Lice Clinics of America reported that their 330 clinics across the network saw an average increase of 30 percent in lice activity nationwide this winter. This data was gathered and compared from the organization’s bookings and treatments in January 2018 and January 2019 in its clinics in the U.S. and abroad. Geographic areas such as Southwestern Louisiana, saw an increase of 80 percent this January. The CDC estimates six million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S. among children three to 11 years of age.

“Lice Clinics of America has a unique opportunity to gather its data to help identify trends. We believe we can attribute the increase in lice infestation bookings and treatments in our clinics to three things,” said Lice Clinics of America CEO Claire Roberts. “First, it’s a fact that many over-the-counter products are no longer effective in treating the “super lice” of today, so people are seeking professional help. Second, there is a true lack of understanding by the public on the life cycle of lice and how they spread. And third, people are becoming increasingly aware of the more effective, technologically-advanced treatment methods offered by Lice Clinics of America.”

Lice are highly contagious. According to the CDC, “Head-to-head contact with an already infected 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.”

Dr. Krista Lauer, medical director of Lice Clinics of America, reports, “If you have school-age children in a region where lice infestations have been reported, it’s important to take some immediate steps to either prevent your children from being infested or 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. Those pesky lice have nothing to do with personal hygiene.” She recommends the following to make sure lice aren’t living in your child’s hair:

  1. Inspect your child’s head at home, especially if your child has an itchy scalp. Look for eggs, nymphs and adult lice. One adult louse can lay about 100 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.
  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.
  4. Remember, traditional over-the-counter treatments contain pesticides that are no longer effective. 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 many from which to choose.
  5. Be safe this season by starting your child on a lice prevention regimen using trusted lice prevention products such as shampoos, conditioners, sprays and hair bands that will help to keep lice away from your child’s scalp.

With more than 330 clinics in 35 countries, 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 also offers professional lice screenings and a full line of top-rated lice prevention products.

For those who prefer to do treatments on their own, the same precision-controlled heated air technology is available in a hand-held device for consumer use. Lice Clinics of America’s OneCure™ Treatment Kit is available at Lice Clinics of America clinics and on Amazon.

For more information visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.

Opening a new Lice Clinics of America location in Southwest Louisiana couldn’t have happened at a better time because more cases of lice occur at the start of the school year, according to Owner Shanna Montgomery.

The clinic, at 203 East Miller Ave. Ste G, Iowa, is Montgomery’s second. She said she “knew it was time” to open a second location because most of the visitors to her Lafayette clinic were from the Lake Charles area.

Montgomery said she knows how stressful it can be to treat lice and see no improvement. Treating one of her daughters “was about a six-week ordeal” and cost nearly $500 in products, she said.

Relief finally came when Montgomery took her daughter to a Lice Clinics of America office in Texas. She said she became passionate about helping families deal with the problem.

“As a mom, I know how miserable lice can be, and I desire to be the answer for families searching for a proven answer,” Montgomery said.

A lack of effort is not why families struggle to get rid of lice, Montgomery said. “Super lice” are resistant to most modern treatment options, including over-thecounter products, prescriptions, home remedies and beeswax, she said.

A 2016 study published in the “Journal of Medical Entomology” revealed that 48 out of 50 states are home to super lice. Forty-two states have insects that are 100 percent resistant to the traditional treatments.

“I like to compare it antibiotics,” Montgomery said. “Over time, you become resistant to one kind, so your doctor has to find a different course of treatment until something actually works.”

The clinic uses an FDAcleared medical device, the AirAllé, which heats air to blow-dryer like temperatures and is then combed throughout the hair in a unique pattern for 20 to 30 minutes. Once applied, the AirAllé essentially “dehydrates” the lice egg, killing the insect inside.

The treatment is then followed up with a comb out and oil treatment using products special to the clinic.

Clients may spend up to 90 minutes at the clinic. Each treatment comes with a 30-day guarantee if the whole household is checked by a clinic technician using an LED magnifying lamp.

“Ninety percent of the time, if kids have it, mom has it too — especially if she has been trying to treat it at home,” said Raven Perron, clinic technician.

All of the products used at the clinic are chemicalfree and safe for use during pregnancy. Less than 1 percent of patients treated at the clinics have to be retreated, Montgomery said.

The clinics also sell specialty products for lice prevention, provide education for home maintenance and have technicians conduct lice checks.

To learn more about the clinic’s services or to book an appointment, call 466-8998 or visit www.liceclinicswla.com.

Lice Clinics of America® Opens New Treatment Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Clinic provides guaranteed, one-and-done lice treatments using FDA-cleared medical device

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Head lice infamously cause stress, disgust, and embarrassment for millions of parents whose kids get infested each year. But thanks to the opening of a new Lice Clinics of America clinic, parents in Lake Charles, Louisiana no longer have to worry about treating the icky bugs themselves.

Lice Clinics of America – Lake Charles (http://www.liceclinicswla.com) provides screening, diagnosis and treatment options for people infested with head lice. The clinic is staffed by certified operators of the AirAllé® device, an FDA-cleared medical device that kills head lice and lice eggs using just heated air.

This is the second clinic for owner Shanna Montgomery, whose first clinic in nearby Lafayette has been so successful, she decided to expand to Lake Charles.

“Traditional lice treatments no longer work, and most alternatives require weeks of head checks and nitpicking, with unpredictable results,” Shanna said. “With the AirAllé device, families are completely lice-free in about an hour. People started coming from further and further away to access the treatment, so we decided to open another clinic to make the service more convenient.”

The battle against head lice has gotten more difficult in recent years as head lice have become immune to the chemical pesticides in the most popular lice products. The most recent study found that so-called “Super Lice” comprise 98 percent of head lice in most states. The pesticides used in lice products have also been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children.

“We have a fast, safe, effective service that is chemical-free and guaranteed,” Shanna said. “It’s just as effective against super lice because it doesn’t rely on or contain any pesticides.”

The Lake Charles clinic is located at 203 E Miller Ave Ste G Iowa, LA 70647. The clinic is open seven days per week by appointment. The AirAllé device treatment comes with a 30-day guarantee when all family members are treated or screened for head lice.

The new clinic is one of more than 350 clinics in the Lice Clinics of America network worldwide. With clinics in more than 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.

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