Lice Removal Group
Growing up and while attending school most of us will recall that there was always some poor kid who had head lice. And while your parents were forbidding you to come within fifty yards of that unfortunate soul, you couldn’t help but ask, “how’s he gonna get rid of the bugs?”
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the reality is that millions of people get head lice each year. Head-lice infestations are especially common in schools. In the United States, it is believed that about ‘6 to 12 million children between 3 and 12 years of age get head lice each year.”
While head lice are not transmitters of disease, having head lice can make your scalp itchy. Scratching can cause sores on the scalp that may become infected. Many people lose sleep and the stigma attached to it can be devastating to a child’s self esteem.
Cherie Parker, a nurse practitioner, and Susan Truluck, an occupational therapist, own Heartland Healthy Heads: Lice Removal & Resource Center. Heartland Healthy Heads, located in Johnson County near Kansas City, treatment and educate the public on head lice. “There is so much misinformation out there … and we want to reduce the stigma associated with it,” Parker said.
“Anyone can get head lice,” Truluck said. “They don’t care how old you are or how thick your hair is.” Truluck and Parker were working full time in the healthcare industry when a relative, a teacher, contracted head lice. After witnessing their cousin struggled with this notorious problem, they saw an opportunity to help others and still be connected to health care system.
Heartland Healthy Heads offer three lice treatment options: over-the-counter, non-toxic products that they sell. This includes a Recheck. Anoher option is the Shepherd method, “which is a methodical combing out of all the nits,” Parker said. The Shepherd treatment takes up to two hours to complete.
The third method utilizes the AirAllé, “an FDA cleared device using controlled heated air that dehydrates the eggs and bugs,” she maintains. “I believe it’s the most effective. You walk out with no lice and no nits.”