ABOUT LICE CLINICS OF AMERICA AND THE AIRALLÉ® LICE TREATMENT

Lice Clinics of America is a world leader in lice-treatment services and is dedicated to the eradication of head lice. It has built the world’s largest network of lice-removal professionals with 150 clinics around the U.S. and another 105 international locations. Our flagship product is the FDA-cleared AirAllé® device.

PROFESSIONAL LICE REMOVAL SOLUTION

AirAllé® (pronounced air-a-lay)

  • An FDA-cleared medical device
  • Kills head lice and 99.2 percent of lice eggs
  • A single, one-hour treatment
  • Used by lice-removal professionals around the world
  • Provides a safe, fast and highly effective lice treatment

The FDA-cleared AirAllé device kills lice and eggs through dehydration. This is a revolutionary alternative to treating head lice with pesticides, herbal lice remedies, suffocation products or lice combs. The device, which was invented by scientists at the University of Utah, kills lice and eggs through a specific combination of temperature, airflow, time and technique.

REVOLUTIONARY

Traditional drug store lice products do not kill lice eggs. However, our FDA-cleared device is so effective at killing lice eggs, the chances of needing a follow-up treatment are very small.

In 2006 and 2011 published clinical studies demonstrated the safety and efficacy of the AirAllé device and treatment (see published data in the peer-reviewed Pediatrics and Journal of Medical Entomology). Subsequently, the FDA cleared the AirAllé for head lice treatments. Successful lice treatments are now being done each month with the AirAllé device.

Distinguished Innovation

The AirAllé® device concept originated in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Clayton at the University of Utah, where he is a professor in the Department of Biology.

1980‘s – Early 1990’s

Dr. Clayton successfully cultured lice on captive birds, such as common pigeons, for basic research purposes.

1996

When he moved his lab to the University of Utah, from Oxford University in England, he encountered great difficulty keeping lice alive on captive birds. He was informed that, because of Utah’s arid climate, they too had difficulty keeping insect cultures alive.

The Problem

When his elementary school children contracted head lice, he thought it might be possible to control by reducing the level of humidity near the scalp. The question was how to accomplish this trick.

The Solution

The culmination, of years of work and prototypes, was the publication in 2006 of a paper in the journal Pediatrics along with a press release by the University of Utah generated a feeding frenzy of worldwide media attention that validated widespread interest in such a device, and the critical need for it.

2011

A follow-up study was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology that showed the LouseBuster (which is now the AirAllé® Lice Device) was highly effective at killing lice and eggs. Subsequently, the FDA cleared the AirAllé for head lice treatment.

2015

In a clinical report on head lice by the American Academy of Pediatrics (Pediatrics volume 135, number 5, May 2015), the AirAllé device was listed as the only device to kill lice and eggs through desiccation. It stated regular blow dryers should not be used for treating lice.

2015

March 2015 survey of professional lice clinics, clinic owners reported successful treatments in a single visit over 99 percent of the time, on average, when using the AirAllé device.