Mayonnaise is for sandwiches—not lice
When it comes to treating head lice, there three common methods: over-the-counter (OTC) treatments; natural or home remedies recommended by other parents; and plain old combing and nitpicking.
There are challenges with all three. First, most OTC lice products use a class of pesticides called pyrethroids to kill live lice. Most head lice in the United States and many other countries have developed resistance to pyrethroids. Also, do you really want to be washing your child’s hair with a pesticide?
Home remedies are completely unproven. The most common recommendations are smothering a child’s head with mayonnaise or petroleum jelly overnight. Mayonnaise? Petroleum jelly? Really? These approaches are meant to suffocate live lice. “Natural” treatments recommended like tea tree oil can actually prove toxic if over-applied. Plus, tea tree oil is better suited as a preventative than a treatment anyways.
None of these methods will kill the eggs, even if they happen to remove some of the live bugs. Eggs are the trickiest part of lice treatment. They are extremely hard to see and remove. Even if you only miss a couple, they will still hatch. You’ll then have a fresh case of head lice on your hands.
Combing and Nitpicking
This brings us to combing and nitpicking. This is one of the better processes, but is also a long and tedious one. There are a variety of techniques to kill adult lice and their tiny eggs, which are glued to the hair shaft. The eggs are able to survive treatments that kill the adults.
What’s a parent to do? Well, nitpicking can be effective, but it can take a week or even weeks of vigilant combing to ensure every last egg is gone. If not, you will start to notice a re-infestation again in about two weeks (one the eggs hatch and the lice start laying eggs again).
Fortunately, science has come to the rescue with a revolutionary medical device that kills live lice and eggs in a single treatment. Researchers at the University of Utah developed a device that kills lice by applying carefully controlled warm air to the hair and scalp, dehydrating live lice and eggs in a matter of minutes.
AirAllé Lice Treatment
The device, called AirAllé, has been through the lengthy Health Canada-clearance process where in clinical trials it was found to kill live lice and 99.2 per cent of eggs. The AirAllé has now been commercialized by Larada Sciences of Salt Lake City and made available through a fast-growing network of Lice Clinics of Canada urgent care centres around the world.
Lice Clinics of Canada features certified AirAllé technicians that deliver treatments that last about 90 minutes in most cases, and results are guaranteed.
Since the AirAllé device only uses heated air to kill lice and eggs, there are no harmful chemicals involved and no lengthy nitpicking process is required. This sounds a lot more pleasant than pesticides or sleeping with a head full of mayonnaise.
Let’s keep pesticides away from our families, mayonnaise on sandwiches and use science and technology to treat head lice.
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