Lice can jump, hop, and fly
Lice cannot jump from one person to another. They have six tiny claws and hold on tightly to hair shafts, which is how they move from head to head.
Lice are very easy to get
You can't get lice just by being close to someone who has them. Head-to-head contact is the predominant way that lice spread.
Lice like dirty hair
Actually, hygiene makes no difference to lice. Lice are parasites and the head is the host. Lice are parasites that feed on human scalps regardless of how clean or dirty the hair is.
Lice spread disease
Even though lice can be annoying and frustrating, they don’t directly carry disease. At most, saliva from lice bites may cause an itchy and irritated scalp.
Lice can infest a house
Lice cannot live off the human head for longer than 24 hours. So, unlike fleas and ticks, they cannot infest the carpet, furniture or bedding.
Drugstore remedies are effective
Lice have built up a resistance to the ingredients in the most commonly purchased lice shampoos and topical treatments. These products only kill a small percentage of the live lice and have no effect on the eggs.
24,000,000 school days lost
According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and substantiated by a perception study of school nurses, elementary school-age children miss between 12 and 24 million days of school every year due to lice.* That’s more lost school days than asthma.

The fact is, lice are a leading cause of lost school days in the U.S. Yet, the leading medical institutions are way behind in keeping up with current recommendations for treating lice. They continue to recommend over-the-counter treatments, home remedies, and prescriptions, all of which have major shortcomings.

Heated-air treatment is rarely even mentioned by the major medical websites. It’s time that moms get the truth about what works and what doesn’t.

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*Price JH, Burkhart CN, Burkhart CG, Islam R. School nurses’ perceptions of and experiences with head lice. J Sch Health 1999;69:153-8.

Over-the-counter products fail to kill super lice
Head lice in the United States are becoming more and more resistant to the most popular lice-treatment products. As a result, these “Super Lice” are becoming more difficult to kill, increasing frustration and anxiety among parents. In contrast, heated-air treatments, which dehydrate lice and their eggs instead of using pesticides, continue to effectively kill even super lice.

The emergence of super lice received national attention recently following a report by Kyong Yoon, Ph.D. to the American Chemical Society.* Yoon, who has been researching pesticide resistance with John Clark, Ph.D. since the 1990s, stated that lice in 25 states have mutated to be resistant to the pesticides in the most popular over-the-counter head-lice products.

In contrast, clinical studies of a heated-air device called the AirAllé® (formerly Lousebuster) showed it to be a highly effective method of killing lice in a single, hour-long treatment, including the super lice. In particular, it killed 99.2 percent of lice eggs, which was important because many lice-treatment products don’t kill eggs and require multiple treatments and extensive combing to remove the eggs.** In comparison, other clinical studies in the past six years have shown that permethrin-based treatment products, which lice have evolved resistance to, are less than 50 percent effective even after two treatments and 14 days.

Also, the AirAllé® device kills super lice. Dr. Dale Clayton, an evolutionary parasitologist who invented the AirAllé® device, said, “There’s no evidence that lice can evolve resistance to desiccation through heated air.”

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**Efficacy of the LouseBuster, a New Medical Device for Treating Head Lice (Anoplura: Pediculidae), SARAH E. BUSH, ALEX N. ROCK, SHERRI L. JONES, JAEL R. MALENKE, AND DALE H. CLAYTON, J. Med. Entomol. 48(1): 67Ð72 (2011); DOI: 10.1603/ME10122

Toddler dies from ignorance
Earlier this year, an 18-month-old child died while undergoing a home treatment for head lice involving mayonnaise and a plastic bag. As the child slept, the bag apparently covered her face, suffocating her. (Link: Massachusetts toddler dies during head lice treatment - CBS News) This was an extremely tragic accident, which might have been avoided if there was more factual information readily available about how to effectively treat head lice.

Lice can be very annoying, leading desperate moms to try home treatments such as mayonnaise, vinegar, petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol and Listerine. All of these home remedies may have some rate of success in killing the lice, but there is no documented evidence that these home remedies are effective at killing the eggs. Some of these home remedies are not only ineffective, but can also be considered unsafe. Some people have even poured kerosene on their child’s head.

It’s time to spread the truth about what works and what doesn’t so the tragic occurrence with the toddler mentioned above never happens again.

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Unsuspecting Moms Cause Spread of Lice
Most moms want the best for their children and are diligent about keeping them safe and healthy. When they discover their child has head lice they often become desperate and frantically search for a cure. Unfortunately, there is a lot of incorrect information out there.

Well-meaning friends or relatives might suggest home treatments such as mayonnaise or petroleum jelly. Some of these remedies actually do kill some of the lice. However, they have no effect at all on the eggs. Other moms will run to the drugstore and buy over-the-counter remedies only to discover they are less than 50% effective.

Unfortunately, many moms will try over-the-counter treatments again and again only to end up with the same results: their children still have lice. And the longer their  children have lice, the more likely they are to spread it to others.

The good news is that there are effective ways to treat your children. For example, heated-air technology has been clinically proven to kill lice and their eggs. Many mothers also report that comb-out services from professional nit pickers can be effective, but may take several hours to complete, and may require additional at-home combing or repeat treatments for up to two weeks.

Our hope is that moms will end the stress and aggravation caused by head lice by spreading the truth about what really works, and what doesn’t. Because, the spread of truth reduces the spread of lice.

Click here for a comparison of lice treatments that have been clinically tested.
This year, lice will steal $14,000 from your school
According to national averages for public schools,* 22% of the children in your school will have lice this year and they will miss about 2 days of school trying to take care of it. Every day your child is absent, his or her school will lose an average of $70.

But real problem isn’t the lice, it’s the ignorance about lice. If more moms understood how ineffective over-the-counter treatments and home remedies are, they would seek out solutions that really work. The better the solution, the fewer days missed. And that’s good news for both you and your school.

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*based on statistical information from National Center of Education Statistics

Louse image © Gilles San Martin under Creative Commons license found at
Lice Eggs. The lice treatment industry’s dirty little secret.
There are hundreds of products on the market that claim to get rid of lice. Some of them actually do a fairly good job of eliminating the live lice. But what they don’t tell you on the packaging or in their marketing is that they are very ineffective at killing lice eggs. Unfortunately, if you don’t kill the eggs, you still have lice.

A common complaint from frustrated moms is, “We’ve been dealing with lice for months. They seem to go away for a while but then they come back! What am I doing wrong?” Well, in reality, they are probably doing nothing “wrong.” They are most likely following the manufacturer’s instructions precisely. In most of these situations the lice didn’t “come back” because they never went away in the first place. The products they used might have killed most of the live lice, but after a few days the eggs hatch and they were right back where they started.

Consider this—over the years, lice have become resistant to pesticides such as permethrin, an ingredient in one leading manufacture's topical treatment that you can buy at most drugstores. As a result, it has become less and less effective. However, an independent clinical trial showed that after 15 days and two treatments with the popular product, 45% of the people tested still had lice.*

There is a popular prescription available which is more effective at killing lice than over-the-counter remedies, but there is evidence that between 24% and 29% of the lice survive the treatment.** Plus, these prescriptions can cost over $300 per application.

So, what can you do to kill the eggs? You really only have two choices:

  • Combing: People have been “nitpicking” for thousands of years. This method actually just removes lice eggs rather than kills them. It can be a time-consuming and arduous task, and treatment failures are common because removing every last egg can be difficult.

  • Heated-Air Treatment: There is an FDA-cleared heated-air medical device that dehydrates the lice and eggs. This process is highly effective and has been done safely for over 5 years. The process is performed in a single treatment, which takes 60-90 minutes, and is guaranteed to eliminate the lice and egg problem.

Click here for a comparison of lice treatments that have been clinically tested.


*(Evaluation of the Efficacy and Safety of 1% Sodium Chloride against 1% Permethrin Crème Rinse on Head Lice Infested Individual, 2013)

**Sklice Lotion Efficacy & Safety (2013) - Retrieved from - Sklice Lotion Side Effects|Efficacy, 2013 Sanofi Pasteur Inc. last modified: 15, September-2013
Two of your child’s friends will get lice this year
According to the Centers for Disease Control, “6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.” That is about one in twenty. So, statistically, chances are, two of the children your child plays with will get head lice this year.

With a contagion so widespread, it’s disturbing how few people really know the truth about it. Did you know, for instance, that most over-the-counter and home remedies for head lice don’t work very well? For example, in a clinical study using a leading over-the-counter brand, 55% of the people tested still had lice 15 days after the first treatment.*

Did you know that the leading lice prescription is only 76% effective and can cost up to $300 per child?**

On the other hand, did you know that heated-air treatments have been clinically proven to effectively kill live lice and their eggs?

The real problem isn’t the lice, it’s the ignorance about the lice. If more moms knew how to effectively treat lice, there would be a lot fewer cases of them.

Click here for a comparison of lice treatments that have been clinically tested.


*(Evaluation of the Efficacy and Safety of 1% Sodium Chloride against 1% Permethrin Crème Rinse on Head Lice Infested Individual, 2013)

**Sklice Lotion Efficacy & Safety (2013) – Retrieved from Lotion Side Effects|Efficacy, 2013 Sanofi Pasteur Inc. last modified:15, September-2013

Lice can be very difficult to see sometimes. They are particularly difficult to detect when the infestation is relatively new, because the lice will be very tiny and the eggs may not be too plentiful. Also, if the hair is blond or sandy-colored, the lice eggs can blend into the color of the hair.

Lice tend to move quickly as a person’s hair is pulled back to be inspected. They also run away from light, which sometimes make them difficult to see.

Eggs are often confused with flakes in the hair. The primary method to tell the difference between a flake and an egg is that the egg will not come off the hair very easily. The flake can be easily flicked aside but the eggs need to be actually pulled off of the hair.


Head lice cannot survive off a human head for more than two days. Most die within 15 hours. As a result, they can’t infest your home. With some very simple techniques you can make sure that any lice at home can be eliminated. It is not recommend that you use sprays in your home. They will unnecessarily expose your household to harmful chemicals.

The following guidelines are provided by the Centers for Disease Control:

Spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid re-infestation by lice that have crawled or nits on shed hairs that may have fallen off the head. Do not use fumigant sprays; they can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

  • Clothing or other articles: Machine wash clothing, bed linens, and other items (e.g. towels, stuffed animals, comforters, blankets, etc.) that the infested person wore, slept on, or used during the 2 days before treatment. Use the hot water (at least 130°F) cycle. Dry the items using the high heat setting for at least 20 minutes.
  • Non-washable items: Items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned, run through a dryer using the high heat setting for at least 20 minutes or stored in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.
  • Combs and brushes: Soak combs and brushes in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  • Floors and furniture: Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, the risk of getting infested by a louse or a nit that was attached to a shed hair that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small.





This method has been used for thousands of years and has been time-proven to be effective if done properly. It can be effectively done at home or by a professional lice technician. If done by yourself, please know that since most parents are not experienced at lice-removal, this will take substantially more time than a professional treatment in order to ensure all the lice are removed. The parent will need to perform the comb-out procedure for about two hours, every other day, for 10 days. If both the live lice and the eggs are not completely removed, the infestation will return. Even in the case of using a professional comb-out service, you will typically need to repeat the procedure at least once.

Below is a link to a video that provides a step-by-step guide on how to do a comb-out yourself and describes the tools and products you will need.


Lice live both on the scalp and in the hair. Their eggs attach to the hair and are typically at least ¼” away from the scalp but sometimes can cling to the base of the follicles. Coupled with a topical treatment that kills the live lice, cutting off the hair to 1/8″ (buzz cut) is one method to remove the eggs since you are cutting off the hair they are attached to. Once the hair is cut, it is important that the head be carefully inspected to make sure there are no eggs still on the hair.

This is a drastic approach, but it is an alternative method of making sure the lice are removed. This is usually too extreme for girls, but is certainly an option for boys.

Please keep in mind that cutting off the hair must be combined with an effective topical treatment such as a dimethicone oil application, which is a 100% non-toxic product. In a clinical test using dimethicone,* 92% of patients showed no signs of live lice one hour after the treatment.

The primary issue with this method is finding someone to cut the hair. Most hair salons either don’t want people with lice in their salon or are prohibited from treating them because of health code violations. If you go this route, you should be prepared to buy hair clippers and do the job yourself.

*(Clinical efficacy and safety in head lice infection by Pediculus humanis capitis De Geer [Anoplura: Pediculidae] of a capillary spray containing a silicon-oil complex, 2010)


There is an FDA-cleared medical device called AirAllé® that kills lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs through dehydration.

This device requires a trained operator. Your regular hair blow-dryer will not work.

To date, there have been over 130,000 treatments with the AirAllé® device with less than 1 percent of the people needing to be re-treated. Currently, the only organization providing the AirAllé® treatment is Lice Clinics of America.

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