Back to school could mean head lice

6:34 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
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  • LYNDHURST -- A local clinic is seeing numbers of clients for treatment.

    Head lice are harmless insects, but getting them carries an unnecessary stigma. 

    "It doesn't mean your child or home is dirty, it's just that your child played with someone who has lice," says Darrah Parsons, owner of Healthy Hair Solutions at Legacy Village. 

    Her lice removal salon has seen a three-fold increase in clients over the summer. She treats clients using warm air that kills the bugs and their eggs. Then it's just a simple process of removing them.

    The Centers for Disease Control and state and county health departments don't record lice outbreaks because they do not carry or spread disease. 

    "They're considered a nuisance, but the CDC reports six million to 12 million cases per year," says Debbie Weisbarth from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. Local health departments are good resources for information on the critters, plus how to treat them.

    Lice removal can be a tedious task, and Parsons' clinic takes the stress away from the parent and child. 

    "We can treat any kind of hair type, short, long, doesn't matter," said Parsons. Her treatments with the AirAlle warm air machine usually last around two hours.


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