BYE BYE NITS: New weapon to take out ugly 'super lice'
FOR decades, people have turned to over-the-counter shampoos and lotions to do battle with head lice.
But the rise of "super lice” has driven demand for new ways to kill the pervasive parasites.
Mooloolah Valley Pharmacy has adopted a revolutionary treatment in its newly established lice clinic to help do that.
Retail manager Lyndy Keehn said the clinically proven approach was designed to break parents' frustration at the reoccurring cycle of the itchy scalp nightmare.
"We've had three staff members trained to use the device and help kids be lice free,” she said.
"A lot of parents struggle with the time it takes to treat their kids for lice. But unless you remove every last egg, it only takes one egg to hatch and start the cycle all over again.”
The treatment device, AirAlle, kills living lice and 99per cent of their eggs.
According to Lice Clinics Australia, up to 30per cent of primary school aged children get head lice at least once a year.
Lyndy said the device acted like a hair dryer and took about an hour. It worked by dehydrating the lice with a combination of hot air, time and technique.
She added it was an effective alternative to treating head lice with pesticides and lice combs.
"I'm sure people will think it's a little costly to have the treatment, but when you add up how much the products cost week after week, it all works out to be significant.”
People who have this treatment will also go home with a certificate stating they are head lice free.
"Having said that, the rest of the family need to be checked as well,” she said.
"It's no good sending a little fellow home if other members of the family have head lice. It has to be followed with maintenance.”
Mooloolah Valley Pharmacy exclusively offers this service. To find out more, contact the pharmacy on 54947777.