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This section includes news articles that have been published about Lice Clinics of America locally and nationally.
Lice Clinics of America Seattle-Tacoma Regions Reports Lice Activity Increased This Winter Over Last
Though not life-threatening, lice are highly contagious and difficult to eliminate with over-the-counter treatments.
SEATTLE, March 8, 2019 – Lice Clinics of America Seattle-Tacoma Region reported that their ten clinics across the region saw an average increase of 85 percent in lice activity nationwide this winter. This data was gathered and compared to the organization’s bookings and treatments in January 2018 and January 2019. 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 are highly contagious. According to the 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.”
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
“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.”
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.
Retired Military Couple On the Front Lines in the Fight Against Head Lice, with New Clinic in Lakewood, WA
Lice Clinics of America, owned and operated by Lice Girls, opens a new treatment center that provides guaranteed, same-day lice treatments using the AirAllé, an FDA-cleared medical device.
Nathan and Lisa Hagman were in the U.S. Navy, stationed overseas when they first encountered head lice. “My husband and I, our two children and the nanny all had lice,” Lisa said. “My husband and I were both in the medical field, and our nanny was a pediatric nurse. We felt like we were well equipped to handle a simple case of head lice. Wow, were we wrong.”
The couple spent five months and more than $1,000 before they were lice-free.
Head lice and nits infamously cause stress, disgust, and embarrassment for millions of parents whose kids get infested each year. Thanks to the Hagmans, parents in Lakewood and surrounding areas no longer have to worry about treating the bugs themselves thanks to the opening of a new head lice treatment center, Lice Clinics of America, operated by Lice Girls.
Lice Clinics of America – Lakewood is the second clinic opened by the Hagmans in the Puget Sound, joining their Kitsap location, also owned and operated as Lice Girls (http://www.liceclinicslakewood.com). The clinic 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 (nits) using controlled heated air.
A few years after their first encounter with head lice, Lisa was preparing to have surgery, and her children were going to stay with a family of 11 until they were struck with another case of head lice. “I could not bring my kids to a home of nine children with head lice,” Lisa said. “I had heard about a business you could go to and get rid of head lice in one day, guaranteed, so there was no other choice for me. As it turns out, not only were we lice-free in one day, we spent hundreds of dollars less than we did when we self-treated at home.”
A business was born. “I immediately felt a passion for the AirAllé treatment and started our first clinic,” Lisa said. It’s been a great experience so far. “We have treated children who have struggled with head lice for years. The pure sense of pride and happiness you get knowing you made such a difference in a child’s life is hard to describe!”
The Lakewood clinic is located at 3520 96th Street, Suite 110, and is open seven days per week, by appointment. AirAllé treatments take a little more than an hour and come with a 30-day guarantee when all family members are treated or screened for head lice.
With more than 300 clinics in 34 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.