Did you know that head lice, also known in Hawaii as “ukus,” has caused kids to miss up to 24 million school days per year in the United States? Absent school days was the main reason put forward as to why in 2016 the Hawaii Department of Education changed its procedure to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and allow students with ukus to stay in school, and not be sent home. Unfortunately, as many parents feared, this has caused head lice cases to rise throughout the State.
This can be very upsetting for parents, who not only have to delouse their family’s heads, and possibly their own, but also if there is an infestation the sheets, furniture and rugs too. On the heel of this change in public school policy a new solution has made its way to Maui with Lice Clinics of America – Hawaii opening its doors in Kihei. Lice Clinics of America – Hawaii uses a one-of-a kind, FDA-cleared medical device, the AirAllé, which kills ukus and their eggs through controlled, heated air. The AirAllé is a part of a three-step chemical free process, which takes about an hour and is guaranteed, proven to be the only solution to kill off super lice and their eggs.
When clinic owner and Maui mama, Barrie Desmond, was asked why she started this business she replied, “I experienced first hand what a nightmare ukus can be. My daughter brought them home with her from camp. We tried home remedies and over-the-counter treatments (neither worked). I actually paid a camp counselor to come to my house and help me nit-pick! I told myself – never again! When I heard about Lice Clinics of America and their exclusive FDA-cleared medical device, I knew our community needed this. Head lice do not have to be a nightmare – our process is safe, fast, all natural and guaranteed.”
In order to prevent an infestation, Barrie recommends that parents talk to their children about not sharing items that touch the head like combs, brushes, hair accessories, hats, helmets, towels, etc during and after school. Barrie also says that girls with longer hair can tie their hair up to reduce the likelihood of ‘hair-to-hair’ contact with their friends. “It’s important to inspect for signs of lice. Parents can do this by combing through their child’s hair and looking for eggs (small whitish-tan specks) that are stuck to the hair. Lice are easily passed from person to person in the same house, so all family members should be inspected and treated as early as possible.”
Lice Clinics of America has quickly become the largest network of lice clinics with 120 clinics (and growing) across the United States and around the world. Part of this growth can be attributed to the fact that most head lice in the United States and many other countries are now resistant to over-the-counter treatments commonly recommended. A fact supported by a 2016 study in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
The new Maui clinic is located at 300 Ohukai Road B-319 in Kihei. The clinic is open seven days per week by appointment. The AirAllé treatment comes with a 30-day guarantee when all family members are treated or screened for head lice. Please visit LiceClinicsHawaii.com or call 808-866-9060 for more information.
Here’s hoping for a uku free 2017, but if you do encounter the critters, at least we have a foolproof natural, non-messy option to get rid of them on Maui!
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