“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.
WORRIED YOUR CHILD HAS LICE?
SCHEDULE YOUR PROFESSIONAL HEAD CHECK TODAY WITH LICE CLINICS OF AMERICA IN BOISE, ID
Here at Lice Clinics of America Boise we are quickly approaching our year mark. We feel so blessed to have had so many amazing families come through our doors trust us with their children, grandchildren, spouses and more. When I first opened up this business I had been expecting a certain age groups to come in to the clinic, and boy was I wrong. The trend of elementary kids has always been steady but more than steady we have always had a large number of teens come through our doors. Often time parents wonder why this is the case.
It does not just start with the kids. We need to take a look at super lice. Super lice is something that is being talked about and a lot of people have heard of it. If you have not, it is lice that are resistant to OTC products. They are genetically reproducing this way and cannot be killed by what is being offered on the shelves. This is the case in 48 states! Idaho is a blessed one of these states. On a side note, say if life was good and we could kill these love bugs with the OTC product being provided, would you want to use a product that had pesticides and was used to kill insects around your home? These products do not belong on our bodies. Because of this, lice are becoming all too common. Despite peoples amazing efforts to depart with these bugs it is not possible because they are not being set up for success.
When you take a look at our teenagers they have something I did not grow up with…cell phones WITH social media. I grew up with a pager (yes I am dating myself). The excitement quickly wore off when words like hello and hi were spelled out using numbers. There was not much to see just a simple number to call back. Now today with cell phones there so many things such as instagram, snapchat, Facebook and Youtube just to name a few. Kids huddle around phones and tablets to watch videos and look at pictures giving ample time for louse to crawl from head to head and make a happy home for themselves. So what does one do?
Making sure children have the correct prevention plan in place is key. At Lice Clinics of America Boise we have a line of prevention products that do just that. They are tested to keep away head lice better than what can be bought at the store. Creating a dialogue with your teens about head to head contact, keeping their hair up are all good steps to prevention. Also doing head checks on a routine basis another good step towards prevention.
Lie are not going to go away. But, with the correct education we can help to lessen the problem and make it more manageable together!
I thought I would introduce myself and give a little back story on why I kill bugs. For the record I hate bugs! People that know me are stunned that I, out of all people, kill lice for a living. But you guys…I love it!! A very common question is why would you do this job? Why do you kill lice? The answer is simple folks. I have been in your shoes, my family and I have had these bugs, I know the PTSD it can cause, I know how resilient they can be and I love to help people.
Years ago, I, like many parents, was cuddling my little peanut on the couch and saw things moving in her head. Like a dork in major denial I took her to the doctor thinking to myself there is no freaking way she has lice, we are clean, I take good care of these little humans! I was sadly mistaken when the doctor very quickly diagnosed both her and I with a case of LICE. My first uneducated response was to go to the store and buy whatever I could get my hands on that would kill those bugs. After spending a small fortune I came home to find my other two girls shared in the same joy that me and my other daughter did. I began to pour that nasty crap all over following the boxes directions to a T. The combs were crap but over the next weeks I was diligent. I combed and combed and killed with a vengeance. Only to find that we were not successful. I googled and prayed for someone in good ol’ Boise Idaho to take these blood sucking parasites away from me. To my surprise, not one person wanted to help me. After months of combing on my own I did it. That was wayyyy too long! My success was complete.
It was a year and some time later that I saw on the Today Show this magical machine that got rid of your lice. My mind was racing with thoughts. Just like that? Seriously?! Where was this over a year ago? Impossible, there’s no way this thing can work because I had tried it all. After some personal research and talking to some experts, I found that this device was legit. And it is history from there.
I have now been doing this for almost a year and I can tell you our magical machines really do work, and is the only solution that I have seen that actually does work. Working with our clients I feel like I have heard it all, from pet flea and tick treatments to vinegar and coconut oil, and pretty much everything in between. None of these solutions actually work, I can say that with confidence since I have treated many beautiful heads after they have tried these desperate treatments. I love the diversity of this job, everyday is different, and I get to meet the most wonderful people. One of my favorite things about working here is seeing the transition of our clients from panicked and feeling gross when they walk in to being relieved, confident, and happy when they leave. My clients have a much easier solution to their lice problems and don’t have to go through the agony of battling these awful bugs like I did years ago. And this, my friends, is why I chose to work with bugs on a daily basis.