“Helping people out is where my heart truly is,” said SaLeah Snelling, owner of Lice Clinics of America® – Boise. “I started this business because I needed lice removal services for my family, and there were none. I now have the privilege to help so many people in very unfortunate circumstances.”
For SaLeah’s tireless efforts on behalf of some of the most at-risk members of her community, she was awarded Lice Clinics of America’s 2018 Community Outreach Award, given to clinic owners that demonstrate extraordinary community service.
Lice Clinics of America is the exclusive provider of head lice removal using the revolutionary AirAllé® medical device, an FDA-cleared device that is clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs (nits) using carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate the lice and eggs. The treatment takes about an hour and is guaranteed to be successful.
SaLeah works with a program that brings orphans from Russia to Idaho for three months for possible adoption. “These children and teens that have been placed in orphanages are typically victims of trafficking, abuse, or some violence; and 99 percent of the time they have lice,” she said. “Oftentimes I will spend 45-60 minutes with them in my office using Google Translate to make sure they feel safe. While this prolongs the process, nothing makes me feel better than knowing that a bit of trust can start to happen with another human.”
SaLeah also works with Boise’s growing refugee community. “Idaho has a large refugee population,” she said. “We are happy to offer treatments at discounted rates, free head checks, and free comb outs so that they can have a healthy start to life here.”
Homeless shelters and foster families are also near and dear to SaLeah’s heart. “I have treated some foster families and, afterward, I just cry,” she said. “I have huge respect for these foster families. What they do is amazing. When they come to our clinic, you can feel the love they have for these children.”
“We have also been able to help homeless shelters with a heavy discount on products and education to their community about lice when they are struggling with an outbreak,” SaLeah said. “We always try to teach people how to avoid future outbreaks.”
The battle against head lice has gotten far more difficult in recent years as head lice have become immune to the chemical pesticides in the most popular lice products. The most recent study found that so-called “Super Lice” comprise 98 percent of head lice in most states. The pesticides used in lice products have been linked to developmental and behavioral problems in children.
“We have the fastest, safest, most effective treatment for head lice that exists anywhere,” SaLeah said. “People shouldn’t be putting dangerous pesticides on their heads. We want them to leave our clinic lice-free and healthy.”
With more than 300 clinics in more than 30 countries, Lice Clinics of America is the largest network of professional lice treatment centers in the world. AirAllé has successfully treated upwards of 400,000 cases of head lice worldwide with a success rate of 99% or better.
No Itch Doesn’t Equal No Lice
SHARING IS CARING
CAN YOU HAVE HEAD LICE AND NOT KNOW IT?
While itching is a primary symptom of head lice, and most people associate head lice with an itchy scalp, many people are surprised to find they have lice but no symptoms—at least for the first few weeks of an infestation.
In fact, it can take up to six weeks for a child or adult to develop the typical itchiness that might prompt a head check. And even then, half the people with lice still won’t exhibit any symptoms associated with lice. Most lice experts encourage parents of young children to regularly check their children’s heads for lice. It is important to check thoroughly, as lice are notoriously difficult to see.
WHERE TO CHECK FOR LICE
The first place to check for head lice is around the ears and the nape of the neck. Those are the locations on the scalp lice seem to like best, due to being in a warm place away from direct sunlight.
HOW TO CHECK FOR LICE
Experts recommend using a fine-toothed comb to check for head lice up against the scalp. A study in the journal Pediatric Dermatology found that a lice comb is four times more effective at finding lice than a visual inspection alone.
Be aware that dandruff, dirt, and other common debris found in the hair are commonly confused with lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the best person to perform a head check for lice may be someone trained to identify these parasites, like a health care provider, school nurse, or one of our professional lice clinic staff member here at Lice Clinics of America Greenville. Head checks are only $25 per family member. And if we find lice, we waive the head check fee if you are treated in clinic the same day.
WHAT LICE LOOK LIKE
To avoid mistaking a louse from a piece of dry skin or dandruff, it is important to know what head lice look like. If you pull lice out with a lice comb, live lice will be moving. If you are performing a visual inspection, use a magnifying glass and light to look for live lice. Lice will flee light. Some recommend wetting the hair first in order to slow the louse’s ability to move.
LICE TREATMENT OPTIONS
If you do find lice on a child, don’t panic. Lice don’t cause serious health problems, and lice outbreaks don’t have anything to do with personal hygiene. It simply means that your child had contact with someone that had lice. You didn’t do anything wrong. Staying calm can help you and your child find the right treatment.
Many panicked parents rush to drugstores to buy lice treatment products that may not work. Multiple studies show that the vast majority (98 percent in 42 states) of lice in the United States and other countries are now resistant to the most popular over-the-counter lice products. Applying these products can be an exercise in futility.
A new alternative for lice treatment is available from Lice Clinics of America in Greenville, SC—a fast-growing network of professional lice treatment centers. Lice Clinics of America has revolutionized lice treatment with its AirAllé medical device—an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and 99.2 percent of eggs in a single session that takes about an hour.
The AirAllé works by using carefully controlled warm air to dehydrate lice and eggs. There are more than 150 Lice Clinics of America clinics in the U.S. and another 100 or so in 20 countries. Lice Clinics of America also offers a home Lice Removal Kit that makes home treatment much easier and more effective.