Pesticides are for Plants and Mayo is for Sandwiches

Pesticides are for Plants and Mayo is for Sandwiches

Traditionally, there have been three options when it comes to head lice treatment: drugstore DIY lice products, nit-picking, or home remedies recommended by other parents. There are challenges with all three of these lice treatments.

Many drugstore head lice products contain pyrethroids to kill lice. Head lice have developed a resistance to this pesticide. Also, pyrethroids have been linked to behavior issues in children. “Many parents have come to us after weeks of battling lice head with over the counter DIY lice treatments, Some have spent hundreds of dollars on treatments that don’t work and have spent countless hours cleaning their homes and washing bedding” says Jen Mortensen owner of Lice Clinics Pearland.

Home remedies are completely unproven. Common recommendations include smothering a child’s head with mayonnaise or petroleum jelly overnight. Mayonnaise? Petroleum jelly? These approaches are meant to suffocate live lice. “Natural” treatments recommended like tea tree oil can actually prove toxic if over-applied. These methods, even if they were to be effective with killing live lice, do not kill lice eggs. Killing lice eggs (nits) is the most difficult part of a lice treatment. Nits are extremely hard to see and remove, and if you miss just one, the egg will hatch, and you’ll have a fresh case of head lice on your hands. "We have seen countless parents come in after trying to treat lice at home with these home remedies, but all they've gotten is more frustration" says Mortensen.

This brings us to combing and nitpicking. This is a long and tedious process. As points out, “It’s best to approach lice as a war on many fronts: You need to use a variety of techniques to kill not only adult lice, but also their tiny eggs (called nits), which are glued to the hair shaft. The nits can survive treatments that kill the adults and vice versa (These bugs have evolved over a millennium to live in hair, so they’re tricky).”

What’s a parent to do? “It’s best to prepare yourself for weeks or months of vigilant checking since lice can reappear due to repeated exposure or a missed nit.” Fortunately, scientists at the University of Utah have come to the rescue with a revolutionary medical device called the AirAllé that kills lice by applying carefully controlled heated air to the hair and scalp, dehydrating live lice and eggs in a single treatment.

AirAllé Lice Treatment

The AirAllé® has been through the lengthy FDA-clearance process. In clinical trials it was found to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs. An FDA-cleared medical device, the AirAllé is operated in clinics by certified technicians who deliver treatments that last 60-90 minutes in most cases, and results are guaranteed when all family members are checked for lice and treated in the case of an active infestation.

Because the AirAllé device only uses heated air to kill lice and eggs, there are no harmful pesticides involved and no lengthy nitpicking process is required. This sounds a lot more pleasant than pesticides or sleeping with a head full of mayonnaise.

“It’s amazing to see the relief on a happy mom who is able to leave our clinic lice free after having tried everything to get rid of lice” says Mortensen. Let’s keep pesticides out of our hair. Let’s leave mayonnaise on sandwiches. Let’s use science and Lice Clinics of America - Pearland to treat head lice.

Lice Clinics of America has over 330 treatment centers in 35 countries, making it the world’s largest network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America - Pearland is located at 4420 Broadway Street, Pearland, TX 77581 and is open Monday-Sunday by appointment only. Call 281-375-3179, email, or visit for more information or to schedule an appointment.