Why does it take so long to remove lice? There could be many factors as to why it takes families a while to remove lice.
To start, it’s important to understand lice. Lice grow in three stages—egg (nit), nymph, and adult louse. Female adult lice lay eggs, which hatch in seven to 10 days.
The nymph phase takes another 10 days or so. This is a period where the lice are actively feeding (biting the scalp) but are not yet capable of reproducing.
Adult lice will continue to lay more eggs which will produce more lice.
Over the counter (OTC)—when effective—will only kill live lice but do nothing for the eggs. It’s important to remove every nit when combing and use the proper comb.
How to effectively treat lice
Lice Clinics of Canada recommends using a metal terminator comb, which can be purchased at both locations.
When using an OTC treatment of Lice Clinics of Canada’s active rinse treatment, it is important to reapply the treatment a second time after the remaining eggs have hatched (within seven to 10 days), and before the new batch of head lice are mature enough to lay more eggs.
Unfortunately, it possible that even multiple treatments won’t kill all the live lice. It is well known that many head lice are now resistant to the most popular OTC lice products.
Lice have grown resistant to OTC treatments
Studies have shown that 98 per cent of lice carry a genetic resistance to pyrethroids, the class of pesticides used in most drugstore lice products. Pyrethroids have also been linked to health problems, and many parents don’t realize that in applying traditional lice medications they are dousing their children’s hair with pesticides.
The good news is that newer and faster treatments are now available, such as the Health Canada-cleared AirAllé device. Developed by researchers at the University of Utah, the device uses warm air to dehydrate lice and their eggs, killing them all in a single treatment.
The AirAllé is clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 per cent of eggs.
Treatment using AirAllé is available at Lice Clinics of Canada, located in Kitchener and Oakville. More than 600,000 cases of head lice have been treated using the device with a success rate better than 99 per cent.
Lice treatment is getting easier, faster, and safer. You don’t need to spend weeks battling head lice and you don’t need to put pesticides on your children’s hair and scalp.
For more information about Lice Clinics of Canada, the AirAllé medical device, and lice treatment and prevention products, visit www.liceclinicsontario.ca.