May 7-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurse Appreciation Week. To support teachers and school nurses in North Seattle, Lice Clinics of America North Seattle will deliver postcards good for free head lice screenings for teachers and school nurses to provide to families that may be struggling with head lice.
“Teachers and school nurses are often on the front lines of educational, social, and health challenges that families face,” said Anna Parker, owner of Lice Clinics of America – North Seattle. “They’re often the ones that have to bear the uncomfortable news to a family that a child has head lice, which can be very stressful for everyone involved, so we want to make that a little easier.”
Studies have shown that head lice are often misdiagnosed, and a professional head lice screening can be an invaluable first step in confronting the situation. Also, many parents don’t initially want to believe their children have head lice. A professional screening can answer both questions.
“It’s important that families know that it’s actually head lice that are found in children’s hair before undergoing treatment,” Andrea Austin said. “Our certified technicians are experts and can quickly determine if dandruff or dry skin have mistakenly been identified as lice—much to the relief of everyone.”
Head lice screenings at Lice Clinics of America – North Seattle usually cost $25, but we’re providing certificates for free screening that teachers and nurses can give to families to eliminate the stress of uncertainty.
If head lice are found, don’t worry. Treatment can usually be performed on the spot using our AirAllé® medical device, you will leave the clinic lice-free. The AirAllé device is an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) in a single treatment that usually takes about an hour.
Head lice have become more difficult to treat in recent years as lice have developed a resistance to the pesticides used in the most popular over-the-counter lice products. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology found that 98 percent of lice in most states are now immune to the active ingredients in these products.
“Most of the people that come to our clinic have already tried and failed to get rid of lice with over-the-counter products,” Andrea Austin said. “Many have been struggling with head lice for months, and they are so relieved to know that we have a fast, safe, guaranteed solution.”
The AirAllé was developed by researchers at the University of Utah. It works by applying carefully controlled warm air to the scalp and hair to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are no pesticides or chemical used during our treatment process.
Head lice treatment using the AirAllé medical device is available exclusively at Lice Clinics of America professional lice treatment centers. With more than 300 clinics in 33 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest and fastest-growing network of professional lice clinics in the world. Close to 400,000 cases of head lice have been treated using the AirAllé device, with a success rate better than 99 percent.
Our clinic also offers home lice treatment and prevention products. For more information visit www.liceclinicsnorthseattle.com.